Nobody is quite sure when Fryderyk Chopin was born. For sure, he came into the world at Żelazowa Wola, near Warsaw, but there is debate over whether his date of birth was February 22 or March 1 1810.
This might be a blessing, for the prolific composer is claimed by both France and Poland, so each nation could have a separate day on which to celebrate the birth of ‘their’ musical genius (though of course, he was Polish, really).
He composed most of his most important works before the age of 20, at which point he left Poland for Paris. There, he continued to work and carried on a famous affair with the writer Amantine Dupin – known to the world as George Sand.
There’s even a new app available for Android phones, from Warsaw city council, which serves as a guide to the life of Chopin and to cultural events in Warsaw. Available in six languages, it can be downloaded from Google Play.
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