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Frédéric Chopin

Birthdate: 22. February 1810
Date of death: 17. October 1849
Other names: Frédéric François Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as a leading musician of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." Chopin was born in what was then 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, during the last 18 years of his life, he gave only some 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and by teaching piano, for which he was in high demand. Chopin formed a friendship with Franz Liszt and was admired by many of his musical contemporaries, including Robert Schumann. In 1835 he obtained French citizenship. After a failed engagement to Maria Wodzińska from 1836 to 1837, he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. A brief and unhappy visit to Majorca with Sand in 1838–39 was one of his most productive periods of composition. In his last years, he was financially supported by his admirer Jane Stirling, who also arranged for him to visit Scotland in 1848. Through most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died in Paris in 1849, at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.

All of Chopin's compositions include the piano. Most are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics. His keyboard style is highly individual and often technically demanding; his own performances were noted for their nuance and sensitivity. Chopin invented the concept of the instrumental ballade. His major piano works also include mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, preludes and sonatas, some published only after his death. Influences on his composition style include Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J. S. Bach, Mozart and Schubert, as well as the Paris salons where he was a frequent guest. His innovations in style, musical form, and harmony, and his association of music with nationalism, were influential throughout and after the late Romantic period.

Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying degrees of historical accuracy.

Quotes Frédéric Chopin

„You already know when I'm writing, so don't be surprised if it's short and dry, because I'm too hungry to write anything fat“

—  Frédéric Chopin
As quoted in his letter to Jan Bialoblocki, written in Zelazowa Wola and dated back to December 24th 1826[citation needed]

„Time is still the best critic, and patience the best teacher.“

—  Frédéric Chopin
As quoted in Chopin : Pianist and Teacher as Seen by His Pupils. Source: Chopin : Pianist and Teacher as Seen by His Pupils (1986) by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Roy Howat, Naomi Shohet, and Krysia Osostowicz, p. 23

„Play Mozart in memory of me— and I will hear you.“

—  Frédéric Chopin
Murmured by Chopin on his death-bed. Source: The opera reader, Biancolli, 1953, p. 271

„I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness.“

—  Frédéric Chopin, Chopin's Letters
As quoted in Chopin. Variant translation: I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. And yet I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.

„Concerts are never real music, you have to give up the idea of hearing in them all the most beautiful things of art.“

—  Frédéric Chopin
Said to one of his students, according to "Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by His Pupils" by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger

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„Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!“

—  Frédéric Chopin
As quoted in Chopin and the Swedish Nightingale. Source: Jorgensen's Chopin and the Swedish Nightingale (2003), p. 26

„I dream music but I cannot make any because here there are not any pianos . . . in this respect this is a savage country.“

—  Frédéric Chopin
Context: My piano has not yet arrived. How did you send it? By Marseilles or by Perpignan? I dream music but I cannot make any because here there are not any pianos... in this respect this is a savage country. Letter to Camille Pleyel.

„I love to indulge it, even though it may be all wrong.“

—  Frédéric Chopin
Context: Here you doubtless observe my tendency to do wrong against my will. As something has involuntarily crept into my head through my eyes, I love to indulge it, even though it may be all wrong. As quoted when he talked about his piano concerto, op.11.

„Here you doubtless observe my tendency to do wrong against my will.“

—  Frédéric Chopin
Context: Here you doubtless observe my tendency to do wrong against my will. As something has involuntarily crept into my head through my eyes, I love to indulge it, even though it may be all wrong. As quoted when he talked about his piano concerto, op.11.

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