Composers / Fryderyk Chopin / Routes
Chopin had a very special connection with Mazovia. He was born there, educated there and matured there as an artist. Chopin’s parents made sure that their son spent as much time as possible out of the city when he was not in school. Żelazowa Wola was the family’s second home during the first few years after moving to Warsaw. The literature contains several detailed records of Chopin’s visits to his birthplace. Chopin stayed at Żelazowa Wola in the summer of 1823. He is also known to have spent Christmas 1825 and New Year 1826 there with his sister Ludwika. Chopin went to Żelazowa Wola again – for the last time - in the summer of 1830. He wanted to join his family, who were already staying there, after visiting his best friend Tytus Woyciechowski in Poturzyn.
It would seem that whenever he visited the Skarbek estate, Chopin would travel to Sochaczew and also to Brochów, a parish with which the two families had close ties.
Brochów is another important Mazovian locality connected with Chopin. The composer was baptised in the local church – the same church in which his sister Ludwika was later married to Kalasanty Jędrzejewicz.
Mazovia also had its share of country manors, and the Chopins maintained close ties with the families that owned them. Chopin is known to have visited the Pruszaks in Sanniki and the Zboińskis in Kowalewo during his holidays. These places brought him into contact with the local folklore, as well as the culture of the nobility.