Might be a dumb thread...
Sho-pawn (heard some)
Chop-in (lol-just for the laughs)
Sho as in show or is it said cho??
I genuinely can’t find a clear answer...
I don’t think this is a dumb thread at all. I think it’s a great thread, because Chopin’s name is probably one of the most mispronounced names in history.
Even in the classical world, there are well known and authoritative people who still mispronounce it, contributing to the issue.
Everyone’s input is great, but I’d say, for me, the best answer is from candela
I think this is the best resource: it’s got native French and Polish speakers pronouncing the name AND it acknowledges the cultural duality of the answer to your question.
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born to a French father who immigrated to Poland & a Polish mother. Chopin is a French surname; his forename and middle names are Polish. When he fled to France, he adapted French equivalents of his forename and middle name, and because he rose to fame during this time, that is how he is famously known.
As Chopin is a French surname, the French pronunciation is the oldest and, perhaps, linguistically, the “correct” one.
That said, owing to Chopin’s half-Polish ancestry, his personal identification as Polish, & his proud display of Polish culture, he’s become a national icon in his homeland, and Poland has practically adapted his surname, complete with a “Polish pronunciations” as a loan word.
Thus, the answer to how you pronounce his last name depends on whether you wish to use the French or Polish pronunciation of the surname. The French pronunciation is most often used, but the Polish one is “correct” too.