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He embarked on a European tour, still doubting the path of public pianist-composer and resenting the extreme publicity surrounding his concerts. One week after arriving in Vienna, he had news of the Warsaw uprising against the Russian rulers. Chopin would have liked to return immediately, but was dissuaded by friends pointing out that his contribution to the Polish cause could best be made in other ways.
The Russians were victorious, which made a return to Poland impossible; Chopin continued to Paris. In the following years his reputation grew steadily, and he settled into a stable routine of teaching, composing and performing, mostly in the intimate setting of the salons. In , the relationship with Sand came to an end; her novel Lucrezia Floriani, published the same year, was blatantly autobiographical and far from flattering to Chopin.
In his last year, he managed to make a tour of the British Isles; after his return, as the word quickly spread that he was dying, friends and acquaintances gathered constantly around him. Pauline Viardot remarked cynically that "all the grand Parisian ladies considered it de rigueur to faint in his room. Quotes: "Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.
After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
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