Fryderyk Chopin composed his Mazurka in A Minor Opus 7 No. 2 in Poland though it was published later, in France. We know this because an early version of it was discovered in the album of his second teacher’s daughter, Emilia Elsner. Listen and watch as Arthur Greene performs it at a Live Chopin Project Outreach Program in Sarasota, Florida. Then learn more about Chopin’s life through a series of short chapters of his annotated mini biography.
MINI BIO PART 1: Half a Life in Poland
Chopin’s life, as his music, is full of ambiguity and unanswerable questions. What a complicated world he was born into! The great Polish Empire had just been cut into pieces and divided among three countries: Russia, Austria, and Prussia. Chopin was from the Russian part. Chopin’s mother Justyna was born into a noble family, but one so poor that she ended up as a housekeeper working for the Skarbek’s, a distantly-related noble family, though in decline. Continue Reading »