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Frédéric Chopin

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Żelazowa Wola, Poland (1810 – 1849)

Frédéric François Chopin (1810 –1849) is one of the most famous, influential, and admired composers and virtuoso pianists of the Romantic era.

He was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, of Polish and French parentage, on 1st March 1810 in the village of Żelazowa Wola, Poland. In Warsaw he was hailed as a child prodigy and as the “second Mozart” for his piano and composition skill, for which the composer Robert Schumann complimented the talented pianist: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!” Due to the political situation in Poland, he left his country for France at the age of twenty. There he composed his two piano concertos with their patriotic Polish themes and rhythms, based on traditional Polish dances. He never returned to Poland, but after his death his sister Ludwika took his heart to Poland - in accordance with his last will, where it was placed inside a pillar of the Holy Cross Church at Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street.

In Paris, he made a career as a performer and teacher as well as a composer, and he adopted the French variant of his name, “Frédéric-François”. In 1836 he met the French writer George Sand, with whom he had a relationship for nine years until 1847. He suffered poor health for much of his life and this forced him to give up performing and teaching shortly before he died on 17th October 1849.

His compositions, which are almost exclusively for the piano, such as the Funeral March piano sonata and the twenty-seven études (op. 10 and op.

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  • jahyuck

    He is the man

    26 Jul 5:09pm Reply
  • maleparanoje

    Mistrz. <3

    2 Jul 7:35am Reply
  • Motverkande

    Stop complaining about the name, they are both right, he used them both..... [2]

    26 Jun 1:12pm Reply
  • gspanjers

    Stop complaining about the name, they are both right, he used them both.....

    23 Jun 11:09am Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    Frédéric not Fryderyk, he's spent most of his life in France. If he stayed in Poland most likely there would be no Chopin as you know him today.

    22 Jun 12:31am Reply
  • LOBSTER1111

    God.

    21 Jun 10:01am Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    Чёт вспомнила фразу из фильма детства: "Дамы и господа. Обычно, я с большим удовольствием сыграла бы вам что-нибудь из.… Чопина. Но в честь моей новой мачехи, которую я просто обожаю, я решила сыграть что-нибудь собственного сочинения".

    20 Jun 1:54pm Reply
  • DeusSexMaszyn

    Fryderyk, not Frédéric. He was a Polish compositor. [2]

    18 Jun 8:15pm Reply
  • gspanjers

    Liszt can't touch Chopin! There, i've said it, now hate me for it:-)

    1 Jun 9:06am Reply
  • LingPingBen

    Wasn't big on track names, though.

    30 May 6:53am Reply
  • jorrit290

    Great composer. For some reason I always hear a similar atmosphere in Chopin's work, and therefore he sounds to me like a kind of his own.

    27 May 4:45pm Reply
  • glamourtwins

    dat me though. I am new to classical music but I already sense b33f between Chopin and Liszt listeners though? I like both

    25 May 12:48am Reply
  • gradualapproach

    tfw you see someone suffering from insomnia fall asleep to his noctures at 3 am

    24 May 5:48am Reply
  • Vern-Fonk

    He was Polish and French.

    21 May 8:49pm Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    come to puerto rico pls

    19 May 10:09pm Reply
  • glamourtwins

    tfw when you listen to nocturnes at 3am while having insomnia and drifting off to sleep

    16 May 3:32pm Reply
  • AdamG_10

    Fryderyk, not Frédéric. He was a Polish compositor.

    14 May 8:33pm Reply
  • NilsonSales

    Thanks for helping me study.

    9 May 3:30am Reply
  • Seven_Reasons

    DOPE

    5 May 5:56pm Reply
  • Phoenixme

    Fred! Fredinsky! Fred-a-rino! The Fredster! The great Fred-a-rator! When is the new album going to drop, son??

    28 Apr 10:31pm Reply
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