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The bulk of his reputation rests on small-scale works that in other hands would have been mere salon trifles: These works link poetically expressive melody and restless harmony to high technical demands. Even his etudes survive as highly appealing concert pieces by emphasizing musical as well as technical values.
His birth date is a matter of controversy; the town registration of his birth specifies February 22, but Chopin always gave the date as March 1. His father was French, his mother Polish; he was raised in Warsaw by a family that mingled with intellectuals and members of the middle and upper classes, and as a teenager he spent two summers in the country, where he was exposed to Polish folk music.
By the age of eight he was recognized as a child prodigy, performing in elegant salons and beginning to write his own pieces. Early on he studied composition with Josef Elsner, then took classes in various other music subjects as well as art and literature at the Warsaw Lyceum.
In he enrolled at the University of Warsaw.
He gave his first recital in Vienna inand over the next few years he performed at home and through much of German and Austria as well as in Paris. Feeling limited by Warsaw's cultural provincialism and uncomfortable with the publicity surrounding his performances there, he settled in Paris in and established himself as an exorbitantly paid piano teacher.
In Paris he composed extensively, but limited his performances mainly to private salons. In he began an affair with French novelist George Sand. The couple, along with Sand's children, spent a harsh winter in Majorca, where Chopin's health plummeted and he was diagnosed with consumption tuberculosis.
Chopin settled in with Sand in France, composing steadily although his increasing perfectionism slowed his output. By the mids, though, his health and romantic situation both had deteriorated. The affair ended in after, among other things, Sand had portrayed their relationship unflatteringly in her novel Lucrezia Floriani.
Chopin then made an extended visit to the British Isles, but returned to Paris to die in Frédéric François Chopin was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, on March 1, , in Zelazowa Wola, Masovia region, Duchy of Warsaw, Poland.
His father, named Mikolaj (Nicolas) Chopin, was a Frenchman who came to Poland from Lorraine, and eventually became professor at Warsaw Lyceum. Frederic Chopin Biography Life of Frederick Chopin. This Frederic Chopin biography looks at the composer's fascinating life. Frederick was a musical genius, with a happy-go-lucky personality.
His short but exciting life was filled with grand successes, sweeping disasters, lots of Countesses, and a final destructive illness. After visiting Berlin, Germany, where Chopin was exposed to the music of George Frederick Handel (–) and Felix Mendelssohn (–), Chopin returned to Warsaw and heard Nicolò Paganini (–).Died: Oct 17, Chopin's mother, Tekla Justyna Kryzanowska, had also been employed there, but at a much younger age.
She was the Countess's companion and housekeeper. In , Chopin's parents married. Frederic Chopin was only seven months old when they moved out of the estate to Warsaw. This Frederic Chopin biography looks at the composer's fascinating life.
Frederick was a musical genius, with a happy-go-lucky personality. His short but exciting life was filled with grand successes, sweeping disasters, lots of Countesses, and a final destructive illness.
Mar 02, · Chopin, Frederic Francois (b. Zelazowa Wola, March 1, ; d. Paris, October 17, ) Frederic Chopin was a Polish-born pianist and composer of matchless genius in the realm of keyboard music.