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Celda de Frédéric Chopin y George Sand

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In Cell No. 4 of the Real Cartuja de Valldemossa resided Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and the French writer George Sand between 15 December 1838 and February 11 de1839. The result of that stay is the autobiographical travel journal A Winter in Majorca, that George Sand ( pseudonym of Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, Baroness Dudevant) first published in 1841 in the magazine Revue des Deux Mondes.

During his stay, Chopin finished his preludes and began the composition of works that he would end later on his return to Paris. He did so on his Pleyel piano, which the composer brought to Mallorca and that because of transportation problems, had to stay on the island, in the house of the Canut family in Palma, who bought it directly from the composer. It is the oldest preserved Chopin piano in the world and it is the only one showed within the four walls where Chopin played it. In the cell the documentation attesting to its authenticity is on display.

The museum was created in 1932 and in it a lot of original documents are kept, such as those relating to the sale of the piano (Chopin's letter to Mr. Canut  to explain how to pay the piano to the house of Pleyel in Paris , the manuscript of Canut's wife where she narrates her memories about buying the piano with the intervention of George Sand ...) or documents indicating the costs of Chopin and George Sand during their stay in Mallorca (piano expenses, equipment, doctors, rent of the cell...).

Also shown is a reproduction of the drawing by Maurice, son of George Sand, entitled the Cell where the position of the bell can be seen. Researcher Edouard based himself on this drawing, and on the writing of the writer herself, to prove that  cell no 4 was rented by the Romantic artists.

Among the hundreds of elements in this museum are original lithographs by Chopin and George Sand, facsimiles of his music and correspondence related to Mallorca, original objects of Chopin in Mallorca (piano keys and tools to tune the piano), sculptures, medallions, first editions of works by Chopin and George Sand tied to Mallorca, original elements of the era that illustrate the journey (maps, prints, paintings ...) Other objects and memorabilia about the artists in Mallorca as the original manuscript of Robert Graves, manuscripts of Edouard Ganche and paintings by Claudio  Torcigliani.

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Cel·la 4 Cartoixa de Valldemossa. Plaça de la Cartoixa s/n - Valldemossa
(0034) 616 90 65 74
(0034) 971 72 83 12

 Entrance: 4 €

Children under 12 years: 2 €


January and December: from Monday to Saturday, from10:00 to 15:30 h.

February, March and November: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 16:30 h.

April, May, June, September and October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00 h.

July and August: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:30 h.

Sundays from April to October: from 10:00 to 14:00 h.

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