Frédéric Chopin

Real Name:
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
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Born: 1810-03-01 (Duchy of Warsaw) at present Żelazowa Wola, Poland.
Died: 1849-10-17 (Paris, France).

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation."

Chopin was born in the Duchy of Warsaw in a small town called Żelazowa Wola (eng. Steel Will), within months of his birth the Chopin family moved to Warsaw the capital of the Duchy, where Fryderyk grew up and learned to play; in 1815 the Duchy became the Kingdom of 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 the age of 21, he settled in Paris. Thereafter—in the last 18 years of his life—he gave only 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and by giving piano lessons, for which he was in high demand. Chopin formed a friendship with Franz Liszt and was admired by many of his other musical contemporaries (including Robert Schumann). In 1835, when Chopin obtained French citizenship he became . After a failed engagement to Maria Wodzińska from 1836 to 1837, he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French writer Amantine Dupin (known by her pen name, George Sand). A brief and unhappy visit to Majorca with Sand in 1838–39 would prove one of his most productive periods of composition. In his final years, he was supported financially by his admirer Jane Stirling, who also arranged for him to visit Scotland in 1848. For most of his life, Chopin was in poor health. He died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39, probably of pericarditis aggravated by 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 19 songs set to Polish lyrics. His piano writing was technically demanding and expanded the limits of the instrument: 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 posthumously. Among the influences on his style of composition were Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Schubert, and the atmosphere of the Paris salons of which he was a frequent guest. His innovations in style, harmony, and musical form, 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 (indirect) association with political insurrection, his high-profile love-life, and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying historical fidelity.
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66753, 66755 Frédéric Chopin - Concerto Op. 11, E-Minor album art Alexander Brailowsky, Frédéric Chopin, Berliner Philharmoniker Alexander Brailowsky, Frédéric Chopin, Berliner Philharmoniker - Concerto Op. 11, E-Minor(2xShellac, 12", Album) Polydor, Polydor 66753, 66755 Austria 1928 Sell This Version
D.B.3201, D.B.3202, D.B.3203, D.B.3204 Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Op. 11 Concerto No 1 In E Minor For Pianoforte And Orchestra album art Chopin*, Arthur Rubinstein And The London Symphony Orchestra (Conducted By) John Barbirolli* Chopin*, Arthur Rubinstein And The London Symphony Orchestra (Conducted By) John Barbirolli* - Chopin Op. 11 Concerto No 1 In E Minor For Pianoforte And Orchestra (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D.B.3201, D.B.3202, D.B.3203, D.B.3204 UK 1937 Sell This Version
DB 3186-91, D.B. 3186, D.B. 3187, D.B. 3188, D.B. 3189, D.B. 3190, D.B. 3191 Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes (Volume I) album art Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* - Nocturnes (Volume I) (Album) Victor Red Seal DB 3186-91, D.B. 3186, D.B. 3187, D.B. 3188, D.B. 3189, D.B. 3190, D.B. 3191 UK 1937 Sell This Version
M 462 Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes (Volume 2) album art Artur Rubinstein* - Chopin* Artur Rubinstein* - Chopin* - Nocturnes (Volume 2)(5xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal M 462 US 1938 Sell This Version
D171 Frédéric Chopin - Oscar Levant Plays Chopin album art Chopin*, Oscar Levant Chopin*, Oscar Levant - Oscar Levant Plays Chopin (Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks D171 Canada 1945 Sell This Version
MM 626 Frédéric Chopin - Piano Music Of Chopin album art Maryla Jonas, Frédéric Chopin Maryla Jonas, Frédéric Chopin - Piano Music Of Chopin(3xShellac, 12", Album + Box) Columbia Masterworks MM 626 US 1946 Sell This Version
LM 6005 Frédéric Chopin - Rubinstein Plays Chopin (Polonaises • Nocturnes • Waltzes • Impromptus • Preludes) album art Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* - Rubinstein Plays Chopin (Polonaises • Nocturnes • Waltzes • Impromptus • Preludes) (Comp) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 6005 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 4193 Frédéric Chopin - A Chopin Recital / Sonata No. 15 In D Major, Op. 28 ("Pastorale") album art Chopin* / Beethoven*, Gyorgy Sador* Chopin* / Beethoven*, Gyorgy Sador* - A Chopin Recital / Sonata No. 15 In D Major, Op. 28 ("Pastorale") Columbia Masterworks ML 4193 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 2036 Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Mazurkas album art Maryla Jonas ,Piano Frédéric Chopin Maryla Jonas ,Piano Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Mazurkas(10") Columbia Masterworks ML 2036 US 1949 Sell This Version
VL 6170 Frédéric Chopin - 24 Preludes Opus 28 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - 24 Preludes Opus 28 VOX (6) VL 6170 US 1950 Sell This Version
PL 1700 Frédéric Chopin - Konzertstück Op. 92 / Rondo Op.14 Krakowiak album art Schumann* / Chopin* - Eduard Erdmann, Rosa Schmid Schumann* / Chopin* - Eduard Erdmann, Rosa Schmid - Konzertstück Op. 92 / Rondo Op.14 Krakowiak (Album) VOX (6) PL 1700 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1046 Frédéric Chopin - Concerto Nº 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra album art Frédéric Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein, William Steinberg, NBC Symphony Orchestra Frédéric Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein, William Steinberg, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto Nº 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1046 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1109, LM 1109 Frédéric Chopin - Schumann Kinderscenen and Chopin Mazurkas album art Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin*, Schumann* Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin*, Schumann* - Schumann Kinderscenen and Chopin Mazurkas RCA Victor LM-1109, LM 1109 US 1950 Sell This Version
LPS 275 Frédéric Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Opus 21 album art Frédéric Chopin, Ellen Ballon, Ernest Ansermet, The London Symphony Orchestra Frédéric Chopin, Ellen Ballon, Ernest Ansermet, The London Symphony Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Opus 21 Decca, Decca LPS 275 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 2025 Frédéric Chopin - Sonata No. 2 In B-flat Minor, Op. 35 album art Chopin*, Robert Casadesus Chopin*, Robert Casadesus - Sonata No. 2 In B-flat Minor, Op. 35 (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 2025 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4135 Frédéric Chopin - Concerto No.2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 21 album art Chopin*, Malcuzynski*, Philharmonia Orchestra Chopin*, Malcuzynski*, Philharmonia Orchestra - Concerto No.2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 21 (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 4135 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 1235, LM-1235 Frédéric Chopin - Sonata In B-Flat Minor (Piano Music Of Chopin And Liszt) album art Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin*, Liszt* Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin*, Liszt* - Sonata In B-Flat Minor (Piano Music Of Chopin And Liszt) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1235, LM-1235 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 54255, ML 4255 Frédéric Chopin - Les Sylphides Ballet + Uirapurú (A Symphonic Poem) album art Chopin* + Heitor Villa-Lobos / Efrem Kurtz Conducting The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Of New York* Chopin* + Heitor Villa-Lobos / Efrem Kurtz Conducting The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Of New York* - Les Sylphides Ballet + Uirapurú (A Symphonic Poem) (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 54255, ML 4255 US 1950 Sell This Version
LLP 266 Frédéric Chopin - Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 / Sonata In B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March") album art Beethoven* / Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* / Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 / Sonata In B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March") Decca LLP 266 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 4511, LM.4511 Frédéric Chopin - Les Sylphides - Ballet Music album art Chopin*, Roger Désormière, L'Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire De Paris* Chopin*, Roger Désormière, L'Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire De Paris* - Les Sylphides - Ballet Music Decca, Decca LM 4511, LM.4511 UK 1950 Sell This Version
ML 2137 Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Ballades album art Chopin* : Robert Casadesus Chopin* : Robert Casadesus - Chopin Ballades(10", Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 2137 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4357 Frédéric Chopin - Songs Of Rachmaninoff / Seréstas ("Brasilian Serenades") album art Jennie Tourel Accompanied By Erich Itor Kahn And George Reeves Piano: Rachmaninoff*, Chopin* / Heitor Villa-Lobos Jennie Tourel Accompanied By Erich Itor Kahn And George Reeves Piano: Rachmaninoff*, Chopin* / Heitor Villa-Lobos - Songs Of Rachmaninoff / Seréstas ("Brasilian Serenades")(LP, Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 4357 US 1950 Sell This Version
VL 6170 Frédéric Chopin - 24 Preludes Opus 28 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - 24 Preludes Opus 28(LP) VOX (6) VL 6170 US 1950 Sell This Version
PL 7100 Frédéric Chopin - Concerto No. 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra Opus 21 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer, Vienna Symphony Orchestra* Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer, Vienna Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto No. 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra Opus 21 VOX (6) PL 7100 US 1951 Sell This Version
LX 3044 Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Recital album art Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital Decca, Decca LX 3044 Germany 1951 Sell This Version