Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Biography

Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin, born on March 1, 1810, near Warsaw, Poland, was a renowned Romantic-era composer and virtuoso pianist. Recognized as a child prodigy, he studied at the Warsaw Conservatory before moving to Paris in 1830.

Chopin's compositions, heavily influenced by Polish folk music, are characterized by expressive melodies and intricate harmonies. His works include famous pieces like nocturnes, preludes, waltzes, and mazurkas. His career in Paris flourished, and he became a central figure in the city's artistic circles.

Despite his fragile health due to tuberculosis, Chopin continued to compose and perform, often drawing inspiration from his tumultuous relationship with writer George Sand. His innovative piano techniques and emotionally charged music left an indelible mark on the Romantic repertoire.

Chopin's impact endures, and his compositions remain integral to the piano repertoire. He passed away on October 17, 1849, in Paris, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the greatest composers and pianists of his era.

Audio

Nocturne op. 72 No. 1
for 2 trumpets and piano

Nocturne