PEDRO MATEO TALKS ABOUT PRELUDE Nº4 OP 28 BY FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN.
“La nuit, on entend des chants et le son des guitares pendant des heures entières…”
Palma, le 15 novembre 1838
Frédéric Chopin resided for barely 3 months in the winter of 1838-39 on the island of Mallorca together with the writer George Sand and her two children, in search of a more favorable climate than that of Paris.
After some vicissitudes they ended up installed in the beautiful Cartuja de Valldemossa, which had been evicted of its monks in 1835 due to the confiscation of Mendizabal. We have received abundant information about what happened to them those days thanks to the book "A Winter in Majorca" by Sand herself and the numerous letters that Chopin wrote and received.
During those months, Chopin finished composing his 24 Preludes op. 28 in all keys, as J. S. Bach had already done in his collections of preludes and Fugues. From Valldemossa he sent the manuscript to his publisher in Paris.