Frédéric Chopin

Biography

Born: 1810   Died: 1849   Period: Romantic
Frédéric Chopin has long been recognized as one of the most significant and individual composers of the Romantic age. The bulk of his reputation rests on small-scale works that in other hands would have been mere salon trifles: waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, mazurkas, and polonaises (the last-named two groups reflecting his fervent Polish nationalism). These works link poetically expressive melody and restless harmony to high technical demands. Read more 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 1826 he enrolled at the University of Warsaw. He gave his first recital in Vienna in 1829, and 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 1832 and established himself as an exorbitantly paid piano teacher. In Paris he composed extensively, but limited his performances mainly to private salons.

In 1838 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 mid-1840s, though, his health and romantic situation both had deteriorated. The affair ended in 1847 after, among other things, Sand had portrayed their relationship unflatteringly in her 1846 novel Lucrezia Floriani. Chopin then made an extended visit to the British Isles, but returned to Paris to die in 1849. Read less
Chopin: Piano Music / Korevaar
Release Date: 08/09/2016   Label: Msr  
Catalog: 1626   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Irina Chukovskaya
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Melodiya  
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Chopin: Late Works, Op. 57-61 / Osokins
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Piano Classics  
Catalog: PCL0109   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Op. 27 no 2

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  • 176.
    Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven / Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79160 Release Date: 05/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
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  • 177.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60830 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Leonardy,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Chopin: Nocturnes / Ivan Moravec
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79233 Release Date: 06/25/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 179.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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    Chopin: Nocturnes, Ballades, Sonatas / Gerrit Zitterbart
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 01/01/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Gerritt Zitterbart
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    The Art Of Egon Petri - Concert Performances & Broadcasts, 1954-1962
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: CD772 Release Date: 05/1993   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Petri,  Carlo Bussotti
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