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The great composer Frédéric Chopin played his final piano concerts in Britain and wasn’t best pleased by the people, the weather or a near-fatal accident in a horse-drawn carriage.
After arriving in Britain, Chopin refused to play with the Philharmonic Society. “The orchestra is rather like their roast beef or their turtle soup,” he said, “excellent, strong, but nothing more.” The more likely truth was that he was not fit enough to manage a full concerto.
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