Frederic Chopin

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Date of Birth March 1, 1810
Place of Birth Zelazowa Wola, Poland
Date of Death Oct 17, 1849 (39)
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Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." Chopin was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin in the Duchy of Warsaw and grew up in Warsaw, which in 1815 became part of Congress Poland. A child prodigy, he completed his musical education and composed his earlier works in Warsaw before leaving Poland at the age of 20, less than a month before the outbreak of the November 1830 Uprising. At 21, he settled in Paris. Thereafter—in the last 18 years of his life—he gave only 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and by giving piano lessons, for which he was in high demand.

About Frederic Chopin

Virtuoso pianist from the Romantic era who was nicknamed The Poet of the Piano. He not only invented the instrumental ballade, but wrote the famous "Revolutionary Étude."

Before Fame

His earliest lessons came from Wojciech Żywny, a Czech. He often played the piano for Russian Poland ruler Duke Constantine.


His output was comprised of mainly piano pieces, including sonatas, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, and preludes.

Family Life

His father Nicolas Chopin was a tutor to the Polish aristocracy's children. He had a long and tumultuous relationship with French novelist and memoirist George Sand.


He was played by Cornel Wilde in the 1945 film "A Song to Remember," earning Wilde a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

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