Paris - 1810. It is 19th Century and Paris is the world capital of music. Romanticism is in its full bloom. The salons of Paris are dominated by dramatis personae such as Berlioz, Rossini, Balzac, Hugo, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Bartholdi, Goethe, Paganini, Dumas and many others.
The commotion of the pillow fight stops for moment as some boys slow down and look at Fryderyk uncertain what to do next.
Zywny also wears a yellow wig, a huge tobacco holder with the engraving of Haydn, and large, red checkered handkerchief with big pencil with which he is correcting the errors in the score Fryderyk plays for him.
This is why immediately after this young man graduated from his music school in Warsaw the pressure was on to send him out to Vienna to which he went during the summer of eighteen twenty nine Bloss aus Musikliebe- For the love of music," he says.
They all recognize him as their own, receive him warmly as a friend and wish for him not to return to Poland. After the concert Robert Schumann writes in "Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik" - Hut ab, ihr Herren, ein Genie... "Hats off gentlemen, this is a genius."
Paganini then suddenly changes his tone from deep adagio to unthinkable high notes on his Amati violin. The audience is spellbound.
"True artist's tone should never be forced, or excessively loud," says Paganini.
An overexcited woman in the audience rushes over to him nearly tripping onto the stage. "Maestro, if you're that good why don't you play the whole thing on one string," she says.
He is twenty-one years old and knows that everything depends on this concert. He has waited all his life for this performance.
There will be a reception at my house tomorrow. Be there...." he says as Pleyel and his wife leave Chopin's residence.
It is the great Swiss piano legend and virtuoso in his own right from Geneva - the one and only Sigismond Thalberg. Like Liszt and Chopin he is also in his twenties, very handsome and charismatic, famous for his unparalleled three-thumb technique in which both thumbs bring out the melody in the middle register while supplying an endless stream of chromatic arpeggios at the same time making an effect as if three hands playing at the same time. Thalberg of course accepts Liszt's invitation and they proceed to a duel without hesitation.
"These things take time. This takes time," he says. "Because things always seem to be in the present you tend to feel that what happens now is the reality, but you must look at the big picture. "Please, let's have un demi, he says. "Like in good old days," he smiles.
They visit the publishers Breitkopf & Hartel and Frederic hands them copies of his latest, finished work. "Gentlemen," he says. "I have to offer you Scherzo for six hundred francs, Ballade for six hundred and a Polonaise for five hundred".
I do not want to play an evil spirit if his soul cannot love two different persons, in two different ways, and if the eight days I spent with him are to take away his happiness for the rest of his life, in this case I swear to you I will try to forget him now and forever, " writes Sand.
"Please, " Sands pleads and as Chopin strikes the keys he plays very romantically. "This is making love," she cries. "Why can't you do this for me, " she pleads with him banging the soundboard with her fists.
"What a pleasure setting those small fingers on the keyboard," he smiles. "She has a lot of musical sensibility. I don't even have to tell her piano here, crescendo here, play slower here, play faster here," he says.
Terror and chaos reigns on the streets. The artists and all Parisian aristocracy leave Paris at once. Suddenly, the artists lifeline has been cut off from them and their world with all its magic has vanished within days.
Upon arrival Chopin is settled in lavishly accommodated and luxuriously furnished hotel suite on Dover Street, with two grand pianos, including his favorite Pleyel and a number of smaller comfortable rooms at his disposal. It looks like the two sisters do not omit anything to make him comfortable, even the embroidery on his stationary had his embossed initials with the big letter "C" on it.
Since Chopin is the Duchess's great guest of honor Queen Victoria is also very friendly with Chopin and Prince Albert, her husband and himself an amateur pianist also plays piano for him.
On the invitation of Lord Torphichen, Jane and her brother in law they take the train to Scotland with Chopin coming along with them. In Edinburgh, a carriage takes them to Calder House, the estate and home of Lord Torphichen.
At the Offertory, the organist Lefebre-Wely plays Preludes No. 4 and Prelude No. 6 arranged by him for this mass on enormous organ. Then the sound of Liszt' s Ave Maria and Chopin's own March Funebre enter as the procession leaves the church with Meyebeer leading the train of mourners.
The grandfather raises his camera and takes another snapshot. "It's all there," he says. "Yes," he says. "This is the story of Paris," he sighs. Camera moves away and we have a magnificent, long bird-eye view of contemporary Paris. Sounds of Sinding's Rustles of The Spring enter the soundtrack as the aerial view continues and CREDITS ROLL.