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Frédéric Chopin was a Polish French composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era known for his solo piano pieces and piano concerti, and as a child prodigy.
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EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
- Frédéric Chopin was born as Frédéric François Chopin in French and Fryderyk Franciszek Szopen in Polish.
- Chopin was born on February 22, 1810 as states in his baptismal records, but Chopin and family decided to use March 1, 1810 as his birthdate.
- Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola.
- Chopin’s father, Nicolas Chopin, was a Frenchman from Lorraine who had emigrated to Poland in 1787.
- Chopin’s mother, Tekla Justyna Krzyżanowska is a relative of one of Nicolas’ bosses when he worked as a tutor for children of the Polish aristocracy.
- Chopin was the second child of the family.
- Chopin has an elder sister named Ludwika and two younger sisters named Izabela and Emilia.
- In October 1810, Chopin’s family decided to move to Warsaw where his father got a teaching position at the Warsaw Lyceum where he taught French.
- Chopin’s father played the flute and violin, while his mother played the piano.
- From 1816 to 1821, Chopin received professional music tutorial from Wojciech Żywny, a Czech pianist.
- At the age of seven, Chopin was already giving public concerts.
- In 1817, Chopin composed two polonaises, one in G-minor and another in B-flat major.
- In 1821, Chopin composed another polonaise in A-flat major which he dedicated to Żywny.
- From 1823 to 1826, Chopin attended the Warsaw Lyceum where he received organ lessons from Wilhelm Würfel, a Czech musician.
- In 1826, Chopin began a three-year course under Józef Elsner, a Silesian composer at the Warsaw Conservatory, where Chopin studied music theory, figured bass, and composition.
- In May 1825, Chopin performed his own improvisation and part of a concerto done by Moscheles.
- On June 10, 1825, Chopin performed his Rondo Op. 1 at a aelo pantaleon concert. This was Chopin’s first work to be commercially published, which earned him his first mention in the foreign press.
- In September 1828, Chopin visited Berlin with his zoologist friend, Feliks Jarocki. The two attended concerts by Carl Friedrich Zelter, Felix Mendelssohn, and other celebrities.
- In 1829, Chopin finished his studies at the Warsaw Conservatory.
- After completing his studies, Chopin made his debut in Vienna where he gave two piano concerts.
- In September 1829, Chopin returned to Warsaw.
- Chopin premiered his Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 on March 17 1830.
- In September 1831, Chopin arrived in Paris where he later on received his French citizenship in 1835.
- At the end of 1831, Chopin received his first major endorsement from an outstanding contemporary after Robert Schumann reviewed Chopin’s Op. 2 Variations in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung.
- Chopin later on established ties with many Polish émigrés and with a younger generation of composers, including Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Vincenzo Bellini, and Felix Mendelssohn.
- Chopin found himself a favorite in the great houses of Paris, both as a recitalist and as a teacher.
- In 1836, Chopin met George Sand who is also known as Aurore Dudevant, a free-living novelist.
- Chopin and his family travelled to Majorca where they rented a simple villa.
- Chopin became ill and rumors of him suffering from tuberculosis reached the villa owner and they were ordered out. His family could find accomodations only in a monastery in the remote village of Valldemosa.
- In 1839, Chopin and his family went to Nohant, Sand’s country house located in the south of Paris.
- Chopin created much of his most-searched works in Nohant, including Fantaisie in F Minor and the Barcarolle.
- On November 16, 1848, Chopin had his last public appearance where he played for the benefit of Polish refugees on a concert platform at the Guildhall in London.
- On October 17, 1849, Chopin died at the age of 39.
- Chopin’s body, without his heart, was buried at the cemetery of Père Lachaise.
- Chopin’s heart, on the other hand, was interred at the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.
- Chopin’s works for solo piano include about 61 mazurkas, 16 polonaises, 26 preludes, 27 études, 21 nocturnes, 20 waltzes, 3 sonatas, 4 ballades, 4 scherzos, 4 impromptus, and other individual pieces including the Barcarolle, Opus 60, the Fantasia, Opus 49, and the Berceuse, Opus 57.
- Chopin had the rare gift of a very personal melody, expressive heartfelt emotion, and his music is penetrated by a poetic feeling that appeals to almost everyone.
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