One of the most profoundly original composers in history, Frederic Chopin was non at all a traditional “ Romantic ” musician ; in fact, most of his music defines a separate class all its ain. Born in Zelazowa Wola, a little metropolis near Warsaw, Poland on February 22, 1810, Chopin foremost studied the piano at the Warsaw School of Music, and was rather adept on that instrument by his early teens. He played his first public concert at age 7, and was a published composer at 15.
By the late 1820s, Chopin had won a great repute as a piano ace and composer of piano pieces. He toured Europe, giving concert public presentations for enraptured audiences and critics. In 1831 he arrived in Paris for such a concert ; so immediate was his love for this metropolis that he quickly decided to do it his new place. He was ne’er to return to Warsaw.
In Paris, Chopin was in changeless demand as a performing artist and instructor. He was a favourite at Parisian salons, and was befriended by many artistic leading lights of the twenty-four hours, including Hugo, Balzac, Liszt, Berlioz, Schumann, Dumas and Delacroix. The intense poeticism in his music made him a Romantic icon to many of his coevalss, and he was embraced by the society elite.
In 1837, Chopin met the novelist Mme. Aurore Dudevant, who used the pseudonym George Sand. The two began a erratic and finally tragic relationship which would p roll the most influential and lay waste toing development in Chopin’s life. By 1847, their relationship at fallen apart. Heartbroken over the loss of his beloved, Chopin continued to compose, but was shortly stricken by unwellness. Sapped by TB, he grew excessively ill to work, and all of a sudden died on October 17, 1849, at the age of merely 39.
Chopin ’ s music, no affair what the scene, is immediately recognizable. His alone sense of lyricality and alone melodious mastermind produced some of the most strictly beautiful music of all time written – music which would act upon many composers who followed, from Brahms to Debussy. His plants tend to fall into one of three classs – little “ proficient ” pieces ( or etudes ) for piano, published between 1833 and 1837 ; larger, more developed plant for the piano ( notturnos, preliminaries, impromptus, mazurkas, polonaises ) ; and the even larger, freely-conceived plants ( ballades, fanatasies, scherzos ) .
He besides wrote several sonatas, piano concertos, and a handful of music for other instruments. He was a radical visible radiation in Romantic music, the ultimate craftsman of capricious tune and heart-rending harmoniousness. In the construction and signifier of his composings, he is rather entirely ; his sense of balance and architecture in music was non peculiarly related to the Classical or budding Romantic tradition, but seemed to spring from some unknown well-source. The overpowering power and influence of his musical bequest is everlastingly assured.