The birthplace of Frederic Chopin is a little manor house, known as a “dworek,” surrounded by a large natural park located right on the banks of the Utrata River. The house is situated in Zelazowa Wola, in Poland, and it has been transformed into a museum dedicated to the life and work of the great composer. This is actually a section of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum located in Warsaw.
There is this erroneous belief that Chopin was a Frenchman, but actually he was born of a French father and a Polish mother and his birthplace is located in Poland. Chopin, just like Mozart was a self-taught person who sought greatness (he had his first concert at the fragile age of eight), so it is no wonder that people dubbed him “the second Mozart.”
There is really no comparison between the two artists as each had made an enormous contribution to the development of what we now call classic music. For example, Chopin’s music seems to transpose the listeners into a different period, taking them through the Parisian salons, whereas Mozart created a much more surreal realm through his music, one which accentuates the dramatic side of the universe.
The house in which this genius of classic music was born was actually a manor which belonged to Conte Scarbek, the person who had hired Chopin’s father as a teacher for his children. The manor was one of the most beautiful ones in the region, and the 17-acre park surrounding it contributed to the natural beauty of the location.
Tourists who are actually interested in visiting the place where Chopin spent his childhood and the environment in which the artist evolved, will be pleased to learn that not much has changed. Unfortunately, the passage of time had left its mark on the house, especially since it had been left to chance. The later years of the 19th century found the house abandoned and the only thing that saved it was the growing interest of the public into retracing the origins of Chopin. Thus the manor was restored and transformed into a museum. The floorboards and the painted beams date from the the period in which Chopin dwelt there, as well as the furniture. The rooms have tall ceilings and are quite spacious.
It is true that Chopin did not spend all his life in this place. In his twenties, when the Polish Revolution broke, he decided to immigrate to Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Today, the manor-turned-museum hosts various recitals. If you happen to visit the place when such an event takes place, you will have no problem in recognizing Chopin’s music. The concerts are tributes to the great mind that had left his mark on the classical music.