F rédéric Chopin may have set hearts aflutter in the salons of 19th-century Paris, but he was not exactly known for his amorous liaisons. Under seven stone and fatally consumptive, he was more likely to be found being carried up to bed by his manservant than hopping between the sheets with a raunchy paramour. Even George Sand, with whom Chopin was most definitely romantically linked, describes their relationship as “eight years of maternal devotion”.

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