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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.
Chopin played before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Stafford House. It was the highpoint of his visit. “The staircases are famous for their magnificence,” he wrote. “The Queen...talked with me twice. Prince Albert, an enthusiastic amateur musician and composer, came up to the piano. Everyone told me that both these things are rare."
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