New Chopin Museum Opens in Poland

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, Poland has opened a new museum devoted to famed Romantic composer and pianist Frederic Chopin.

The Associated Press reports that the museum's collection includes the last piano Chopin composed on, which was built by the prominent piano maker Ignace Pleyel. A plaster death mask made after Chopin died on October 17, 1849, and a white damask kerchief on which his French lover George Sand (born Aurore Dupin) had embroidered Chopin's initials are also on view. The museum is in Ostrogski Palace, in Warsaw, along with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

"They are priceless in terms of emotional value," curator Alicja Knast said.

Chopin was 39 years old when he died. The cause of his death is thought to be tuberculosis.

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