Édouard Wolff (1816 - 1880) was a Polish pianist and
composer and son of the famous doctor Józef Wolff and
Eleonora Oestreicher. Wolff had the first piano lessons
with his mother, an amateur pianist, and then studied
from 1828 in Vienna with Wilhelm Würfel. After
returning to Warsaw in 1832, he took private lessons
with Joseph Elsner.
In 1835 he went to Paris, where he first had contact
with Frédéric Chopin, who introduced him to the
Parisian musical society. Later there was an alienation
between Chopin and him. Nevertheless, he dedicated two
of his more than 300 piano pieces to Chopin: the Grand
Allegro de Concert and Rêverie-Nocturne (Homage to
Chopin). He also composed forty duos for piano and
violin as well as a piano concerto.
Although originally composed for solo Piano, I created
this interpretation of the Nocturne in Ab Major (Opus
46) for Flute & Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).