When a friend of mine sent me a link to an article about that recent Swiss series, I was fascinated. My friend happens to be an amateur pianist and a great fan of Chopin.
He’s also gay and his initial reaction to the big hoo-ha was, “Duh? Have you listened to his music?”
Obviously, it’s over simplistic to claim to be able to suss out someone’s sexual orientation based on their art, but there is a sensibility there that has to be part of the question.
Learning that translators had intentionally altered pronouns was pretty stunning. If they didn’t have anything to hide, they probably wouldn’t be hiding it.
Chopin left Poland as a teenager and never returned, so while he’s become a symbol of Polish national identity, perhaps the conservative government there needs to let go a little bit.
But that might interfere with their construction of LGBT free zones and other queer persecution they’re leading in cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church.
Seems everybody is in love with their art so long as we can keep it our sexuality a secret and they can cover it up and even lie about it when it becomes politically convenient.