Frédéric Chopin

 
Born in Zelazowa-Wola, near Warsaw (Poland), in 1810. In 1837 he began a love affair with George Sand which lasted nearly ten years. In a very delicate state of health, in autumn of 1838 he set off for Mallorca with the French writer and her children on board the ship El Mallorquín. Initially they stayed at Son Vent (Establiments) and subsequently in the Cartoixa de Valldemossa (Carthusian monastery). The musician’s health did not improve, and the couple did not get on with the locals, so they left the island in February of 1839.

In the Cartoixa one can see mementos of their stay here, such as the piano Chopin used to compose the Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40 no. 2 and the Mazurka in E Minor, Op. 41 no. 2. He died in Paris in 1849. He is seen as the greatest exponent of musical Romanticism.

Dates
Zelazowa-Wola (Poland), 1810 – Paris, 1849