''Music has no fatherland'' (1810)


 
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Thursday, 1 March 2018


1810 -

Over two hundred years ago a little boy was born in ?elazowa Wola, Poland. His parents were both talented musicians, but that doesn't necessarily mean their offspring will inherit these skills. In Chopin's case it did. Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin would have the world at his feet in just a couple of years, listening in awe as his talent for playing the piano surpassed so many other prodigies. But what would become of this musically inclined mastermind?



Chop Chop
At the age of eight, Chopin played his first public concert. He had unprecedented piano skills and is still regarded as one of the few composers to survive the centuries.
He had one particular relationship, namely with the woman who wrote under the pen name of George Sand. In letters to one another, she called him endearing names like the little grasshopper and Chop Chop.

Origin
Chopin moved to France and stayed there for the rest of his life, composing, performing and teaching. He changed his name into Frédéric François Chopin and was buried in France, but his heart forever lies with Poland. Literally, because after his death, his heart was taken back to his homeland and rests there. Chopin himself said: ''Music has no fatherland; its homeland is the whole universe.''



360 trivial fact
Chopin’s birthday might have been today. It’s apparently debatable when Chopin was born, because his family claimed it was the 1st of March, while his baptismal certificate states it was February the 22nd.

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