FrédéricChopin (1810-1849

A polish composer, Chopin was himself a great pianist. It is not surprising that he is most well-known for his piano music since a vast amount of his works is exclusively for piano. Many of his works require technically-demanding; one could say it revolutionizes fundamental techniques of piano playing set by previous composers, while at the same time often requires exceptional depth of expressiveness and singing tone (bel canto). Chopin was born in Warsaw and grew up there where he completed his musical education. Following the Russian suppression of the Polish Uprising in 1830, he fled from his homeland Poland, leaving behind his family and finally settled down in Paris, the central cityfor music at the time, where he met other contemporary composers such as Liszt and Schumann. He spent the rest of his life there, supported himself as a composer and piano teacher while only gave a few public performances. For most of his life, Chopin suffered from his poor health and died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39. His major genres for piano music include etudes, nocturnes, ballades, waltzes, marzurkas, polonaises, sonatas, preludes, scherzos and impromptus. Works to be discussed: y y y y A selection of etudes from Op. 10 and 25 Nocturne in E major Op. 9 No. 2 Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53 ( Heroique ) Waltz in D flat major Op. 64 No. 1 ( Petit chien )

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