Frédéric Chopin

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Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
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Frédéric François 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 Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin in 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—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, Chopin obtained French citizenship. 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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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 UK 1937 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes (Volume I) album art Artur Rubinstein* - Chopin* Artur Rubinstein* - Chopin* - Nocturnes (Volume I) (Album) Victor Red Seal US 1938 Sell This Version
M-649 Frédéric Chopin - Oscar Levant Plays Chopin album art Chopin*, Oscar Levant Chopin*, Oscar Levant - Oscar Levant Plays Chopin(Shellac, 12", Album) Columbia M-649 US 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) Columbia Masterworks MM 626 US 1948 Sell This Version
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 US 1949 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Schumann Kinderscenen and Chopin Mazurkas album art Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin*, Schumann* Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin*, Schumann* - Schumann Kinderscenen and Chopin Mazurkas RCA Victor US 1950 Sell This Version
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) Columbia Masterworks US 1950 Sell This Version
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 US 1950 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Concerto No.2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 21 album art Frédéric Chopin, Paul Kletzki, Malcuzynski* And The Philharmonia Orchestra* Frédéric Chopin, Paul Kletzki, Malcuzynski* And The Philharmonia Orchestra* - Concerto No.2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 21 (Album) Columbia Masterworks UK 1950 Sell This Version
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 RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Konzertstück Op. 92 / Rondo Op.14 Krakowiak album art Eduard Erdmann, Rosa Schmid Eduard Erdmann, Rosa Schmid - Konzertstück Op. 92 / Rondo Op.14 Krakowiak (Album) VOX (6) US 1950 Sell This Version
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 UK 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(10", Album, Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 2025 US 1950 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - 24 Preludes Opus 28 album art Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes Chopin*, Guiomar Novaes - 24 Preludes Opus 28 VOX (6) US 1950 Sell This Version
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 US 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 / 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 / Seréstas ("Brasilian Serenades")(LP, Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 4357 US 1950 Sell This Version
LX 3035, LX.3035 Frédéric Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Opus 21 album art Chopin* - Ellen Ballon With The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Ernest Ansermet Chopin* - Ellen Ballon With The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Ernest Ansermet - Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Opus 21(10", Mono) Decca, Decca LX 3035, LX.3035 UK 1950 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Polonaises Nos. 1 To 6 album art Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* - Chopin Polonaises Nos. 1 To 6 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1951 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Four Scherzi album art Chopin* - Artur Rubinstein* Chopin* - Artur Rubinstein* - Four Scherzi (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1951 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Chopin Recital album art Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital (Album) Decca, Decca US 1951 Sell This Version
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) US 1951 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Faust Waltz (Gounod-Liszt), Liebestraume, Dance Of The Gnomes / Ballade #1 In G Minor, Scherzo In C Sharp Minor album art Simon Barere plays Liszt* / Chopin* Simon Barere plays Liszt* / Chopin* - Faust Waltz (Gounod-Liszt), Liebestraume, Dance Of The Gnomes / Ballade #1 In G Minor, Scherzo In C Sharp Minor Remington US 1951 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin - Moonlight Sonata album art Beethoven*, Chopin*, Alexander Jenner Beethoven*, Chopin*, Alexander Jenner - Moonlight Sonata Remington US 1951 Sell This Version
LM 6005 Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes (Complete) album art Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein* - Nocturnes (Complete)(2xLP + Box, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 6005 US 1951 Sell This Version