In 1829, he finished his studies and seeing his prodigal talent, Frederic’s parents sent him to Vienna, where he was introduced to the musical milieu by Wilhelm Wurful, a renowned pianist & Professor.
While he was on the way to Paris, he got news of the November Uprising and the capture of Warsaw by the Russians. He was very shaken with this development and on reaching Paris in the autumn of 1831, he met several of his countrymen who had become exiled due to the Russian occupation including participants of the armed struggle, politicians, representatives of Polish culture etc. Chopin made close contacts with the so-called Great Emigration, befriended its leader Prince Adam Czartoryski and became a member of the Polish Literary Society, which he supported financially. He attended émigré meetings, played at charity concerts held for poor émigrés and several such events.
He had a brief affair with Maria Wodzinski to whom he got engaged , but as Chopin was taken ill, the marriage was called off on account of his illness by Maria’s parents. He was terribly dejected and kept the Wodzinski letters in a bundle marked “My sorrow”.
1) Currency & Coinage of Poland : Zloty & Grosz.
2) Honouring Marie Curie : A 20 Zlotych Banknote issued in her honour on the centenary of her winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911.