Frédéric Chopin

Polish composer Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered the great master of Romantic music and one of the greatest musicians of all time. Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his music education there; he composed many mature works in Warsaw before leaving Poland in 1830 at age 20, shortly before the November 1830 Uprising.
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ATWOOD--William G.,M.D., of New York and Roxbury, CT died August 6, 2011. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for many years. Born December 14, 1932 in Kansas City, MO, he was the son of Dr. William Goodson Atwood, Sr. and Jenette Morris Atwood. Dr. Atwood was raised in Carrollton, MO, and he received his A. B. degree, cum laude, from Harvard
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ATWOOD--William G.,M.D., of New York and Roxbury, CT died August 6, 2011. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for many years. Born December 14, 1932 in Kansas City, MO, he was the son of Dr. William Goodson Atwood, Sr. and Jenette Morris Atwood. Dr. Atwood was raised in Carrollton, MO, and he received his A. B. degree, cum laude, from Harvard
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Hum That Brand: Nokia Contest Seeks Update of Signature Tune - brandchannel.com
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... update to refresh the ringtone, which has been in use since 1994 and is credited to Spanish composer-guitarist Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909), though it's been concluded that Tárrega's Gran Valse was “inspired” by Frederic Chopin's Grande Valse
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Where did that Nokia theme tune really come from? - The Next Web (blog)
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The Nokia tune, was originally called “Grande Valse” on Nokia phones, the same name given to a composition by Frederic Chopin. But Nokia's theme has always been credited to a Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega and his song from 1902,
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Chopin concludes Piano Month at Old Saint Mary's (disappointingly) - Examiner.com
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One can appreciate that it would be appropriate to conclude Piano Month in the Noontime Concerts™ recital series (“San Francisco's Musical Lunch Break) at Old Saint Mary's Cathedral with a program consisting entirely of the music of Frédéric Chopin
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Prettiest game ever? - Washington Examiner
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In the tradition of "Eternal Sonata," a roleplaying game based on the life of composer Frederic Chopin, "El Shaddai" is the rare game you'll walk away from knowing a bunch about a real-world subject. Or at least a bizarre Japanese interpretation of a
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Nakea to delight S. Utah with Chopin music - St. George Daily Spectrum
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He will perform selected works of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Chopin, a Polish composer who spent much of his life in France, is renowned for his great works for the piano. Some may remember Nakea's visit last year. For certain his appearance this
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Trpceski Joins Intl Crew at Tuscan Sun Festival - MINA
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Chronicling the love story of renowned composer Frederic Chopin and infamous French writer and feminist Amandine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, known as George Sand, the performance explores the development of their unusual relationship over a decade
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Stephen Hough plays Chopin's waltz in A flat major - Telegraph.co.uk
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Hough's name has become synonymous with pianistic elegance, flawless technique and immense musicianship and he has become globally renowned for his engaging and refined Chopin interpretations. Frederic Chopin, The Complete Waltzes is published by
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FREE SPEECH ZONE | Grazyna Auguscik at the Twin Cities Polish Festival - Twin Cities Planet
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Writing in July 2010 Reich rhapsodized about Ms. Auguscik's performance of the work of Poland's national musician, Frederic Chopin: The music world has been awash with 200th anniversary celebrations of Frederic Chopin's birth, but surely none as
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Two Composers, Honored Silently
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THERE seems to be no letup when it comes to celebrating composers' anniversaries. The keepers of Leonard Bernstein's flame fanned it early, calling New Yorkers to remember his 90th in 2008. Elliott Carter was honored in the same year, his 100th. Mendelssohn's 200th followed in 2009, and 2010 brought a bumper crop of celebrations, with impresarios
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    THIRTIES
  • 1849
    Age 38
    He died in Paris in 1849, at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.
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    With his health further deteriorating, Chopin desired to have a family member with him. In June 1849 his sister Ludwika came to Paris with her husband and daughter, and in September, supported by a loan from Jane Stirling, he took an apartment at Place Vendôme 12.
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    Here in June 1849 he was visited by Jenny Lind.
    During the summer of 1849, his friends found him an apartment in Chaillot, out of the centre of the city, for which the rent was secretly subsidised by an admirer, Princess Obreskoff.
  • 1848
    Age 37
    Chopin made his last public appearance on a concert platform at London's Guildhall on 16 November 1848, when, in a final patriotic gesture, he played for the benefit of Polish refugees.
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    In late October 1848, while staying at 10 Warriston Crescent in Edinburgh with the Polish physician Adam Łyszczyński, he wrote out his last will and testament—"a kind of disposition to be made of my stuff in the future, if I should drop dead somewhere", he wrote to Grzymała.
    In April, during the Revolution of 1848 in Paris, he left for London, where he performed at several concerts and at numerous receptions in great houses.
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    In February 1848, with the cellist Auguste Franchomme, he gave his last Paris concert, which included three movements of the Cello Sonata Op. 65.
    Most biographers of Chopin state that after this the two had little to do with each other, although in his letters dated as late as 1848 he still referred to him as "my friend Liszt".
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  • 1847
    Age 36
    In 1847 he did not visit Nohant, and he quietly ended their ten-year relationship following an angry correspondence which, in Sand's words, made "a strange conclusion to nine years of exclusive friendship."
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  • 1846
    Age 35
    Chopin's relations with Sand were soured in 1846 by problems involving her daughter Solange and Solange's fiancé, the young fortune-hunting sculptor Auguste Clésinger.
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  • 1844
    Age 33
    Late in 1844, Charles Hallé visited Chopin and found him "hardly able to move, bent like a half-opened penknife and evidently in great pain", although his spirits returned when he started to play the piano for his visitor.
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  • 1843
    Age 32
    He was forced by illness to decline a written invitation from Alkan to participate in a repeat performance of the Beethoven Seventh Symphony arrangement at Erard's on 1 March 1843.
  • 1842
    Age 31
    From 1842 onwards, Chopin showed signs of serious illness.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1839
    Age 28
    During the summers at Nohant, particularly in the years 1839–43, Chopin found quiet, productive days during which he composed many works, including his Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53.
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    At the funeral of the tenor Adolphe Nourrit in Paris in 1839, Chopin made a rare appearance at the organ, playing a transcription of Franz Schubert's lied Die Gestirne.
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  • 1838
    Age 27
    On his return to Paris, his association with Sand began in earnest, and by the end of June 1838 they had become lovers.
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    Sand, in a letter to Grzymała of June 1838, admitted strong feelings for the composer and debated whether to abandon a current affair in order to begin a relationship with Chopin; she asked Grzymała to assess Chopin's relationship with Maria Wodzińska, without realising that the affair, at least from Maria's side, was over.
  • 1837
    Age 26
    In June 1837 Chopin visited London incognito in the company of the piano manufacturer Camille Pleyel where he played at a musical soirée at the house of English piano maker James Broadwood.
    Is she really a woman?" However, by early 1837 Maria Wodzińska's mother had made it clear to Chopin in correspondence that a marriage with her daughter was unlikely to proceed.
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    After a failed engagement to Maria Wodzińska, from 1837 to 1847 he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French writer George Sand.
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  • 1836
    Age 25
    In 1836, at a party hosted by Marie d'Agoult, Chopin met the French author George Sand (born Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin).
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    At the end of 1836 he sent Maria an album in which his sister Ludwika had inscribed seven of his songs, and his 1835 Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1.
    In July 1836 Chopin travelled to Marienbad and Dresden to be with the Wodziński family, and in September he proposed to Maria, whose mother Countess Wodzińska approved in principle.
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  • 1835
    Age 24
    In 1835 Chopin went to Carlsbad, where he spent time with his parents; it was the last time he would see them.
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  • 1834
    Age 23
    In the spring of 1834, Chopin attended the Lower Rhenish Music Festival in Aix-la-Chapelle with Hiller, and it was there that Chopin met Felix Mendelssohn.
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  • 1833
    Age 22
    Chopin's music soon found success with publishers, and in 1833 he contracted with Maurice Schlesinger, who arranged for it to be published not only in France but, through his family connections, also in Germany and England.
    Examples include a concert on 23 March 1833, in which Chopin, Liszt and Hiller performed (on pianos) a concerto by J.S. Bach for three keyboards; and, on 3 March 1838, a concert in which Chopin, his pupil Adolphe Gutmann, Charles-Valentin Alkan, and Alkan's teacher Joseph Zimmermann performed Alkan's arrangement, for eight hands, of two movements from Beethoven's 7th symphony.
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  • 1832
    Age 21
    Liszt was in attendance at Chopin's Parisian debut on 26 February 1832 at the Salle Pleyel, which led him to remark: "The most vigorous applause seemed not to suffice to our enthusiasm in the presence of this talented musician, who revealed a new phase of poetic sentiment combined with such happy innovation in the form of his art."
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    He no longer depended financially upon his father, and in the winter of 1832 he began earning a handsome income from publishing his works and teaching piano to affluent students from all over Europe.
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    By the end of 1832 Chopin had established himself among the Parisian musical elite, and had earned the respect of his peers such as Hiller, Liszt, and Berlioz.
    On 26 February 1832 Chopin gave a debut Paris concert at the Salle Pleyel which drew universal admiration.
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  • 1831
    Age 20
    At the end of 1831, Chopin received the first major endorsement from an outstanding contemporary when Robert Schumann, reviewing the Op. 2 Variations in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung (his first published article on music), declared: "Hats off, gentlemen!
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    Chopin arrived in Paris in late September 1831; he would never return to Poland, thus becoming one of many expatriates of the Polish Great Emigration.
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    When in September 1831 he learned, while travelling from Vienna to Paris, that the uprising had been crushed, he expressed his anguish in the pages of his private journal: "Oh God!...
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1830
    Age 19
    Chopin's successes as a composer and performer opened the door to western Europe for him, and on 2 November 1830, he set out, in the words of Zdzisław Jachimecki, "into the wide world, with no very clearly defined aim, forever."
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  • 1829
    Age 18
    He returned to Warsaw in September 1829, where he premiered his Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 on 17 March 1830.
    On an 1829 return trip to Berlin, he was a guest of Prince Antoni Radziwiłł, governor of the Grand Duchy of Posen—himself an accomplished composer and aspiring cellist.
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  • 1828
    Age 17
    In September 1828 Chopin, while still a student, visited Berlin with a family friend, zoologist Feliks Jarocki, enjoying operas directed by Gaspare Spontini and attending concerts by Carl Friedrich Zelter, Felix Mendelssohn and other celebrities.
  • 1827
    Age 16
    In 1827, soon after the death of Chopin's youngest sister Emilia, the family moved from the Warsaw University building, adjacent to the Kazimierz Palace, to lodgings just across the street from the university, in the south annex of the Krasiński Palace on Krakowskie Przedmieście, where Chopin lived until he left Warsaw in 1830.
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  • 1825
    Age 14
    He was engaged by the inventors of a mechanical organ, the "eolomelodicon", and on this instrument in May 1825 he performed his own improvisation and part of a concerto by Moscheles.
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  • 1824
    Age 13
    In 1824 and 1825, at Szafarnia, he was a guest of Dominik Dziewanowski, the father of a schoolmate.
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    During 1824–28 Chopin spent his vacations away from Warsaw, at a number of locales.
  • 1823
    Age 12
    From September 1823 to 1826, Chopin attended the Warsaw Lyceum, where he received organ lessons from the Czech musician Wilhelm Würfel during his first year.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1821
    Age 10
    His next work, a polonaise in A-flat major of 1821, dedicated to Żywny, is his earliest surviving musical manuscript.
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  • 1817
    Age 6
    By the age of seven Fryderyk had begun giving public concerts, and in 1817 he composed two polonaises, in G minor and B-flat major.
  • 1816
    Age 5
    Fryderyk may have had some piano instruction from his mother, but his first professional music tutor, from 1816 to 1821, was the Czech pianist Wojciech Żywny.
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  • 1810
    Born
    In October 1810, six months after Fryderyk's birth, the family moved to Warsaw, where his father acquired a post teaching French at the Warsaw Lyceum, then housed in the Saxon Palace.
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    Fryderyk was baptized on Easter Sunday, 23 April 1810, in the same church where his parents had married, in Brochów.
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    The parish baptismal record gives his birthday as 22 February 1810, and cites his given names in the Latin form Fridericus Franciscus (in Polish, he was Fryderyk Franciszek).
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  • OTHER
  • 1787
    Age -24
    Fryderyk's father, Nicolas Chopin, was a Frenchman from Lorraine who had emigrated to Poland in 1787 at the age of sixteen. Nicolas tutored children of the Polish aristocracy, and in 1806 married Justyna Krzyżanowska, a poor relative of the Skarbeks, one of the families for whom he worked.
  • 1017
    Age -794
    Born in 1017.
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