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EMILIA CHOPIN (1812 – 1827)

Chopin's youngest sister is mostly known for... dying an untimely death. She passed away over 20 years before Fryderyk. Nothing much may then be done about the fact that Emilia's death is one of the very few facts of her "life" mentioned by Chopin's biographers. What is more, the researchers are very fond of researching, in great detail, the supposed influence of Emilia's early demise on her brother's music; a tendency more often than not resulting in all life being sucked out of Fryderyk's thus comminuted works... Let us, however, leave these digressions aside. The fateful year of 1827 (a year that saw also the death of Fryderyk's friend Jan Białobłocki)* was when a lot of Frycek's minor-scale pieces were written. The Sonata in C minor, for instance, is worth a listen; that a young pianist should create a piece so bizarre has for ages kept music experts awake at night.
What we do know is that little Emilia was a gifted writer and, just like her brother, unusually witty. The two of them jointly authored a one-act comedy charmingly entitled The Error, or Presumed Joker. One may only imagine how much fun they had writing their play...

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* How's your music history? 1827 is also the year of Beethoven's death... remember?