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Beyond National Identity: Chopin’s Longing for his Motherland

Roberto Poli

Beyond National Identity: Chopin’s Longing for his Motherland

Can Chopin’s music be autobiographical? His works, from the immensity of large-scale works such as the Polonaise Fantaisie, Barcarolle, and Cello Sonata to the simplicity of some of the last mazurkas and waltzes, tell us much about his life in a way that is profoundly touching, intimate, and poetic.