Name: Frederic (Fryderyk) Chopin
Date of Birth: March 1, 1810
Date of Death: October 17, 1849
Place of Birth: Zelazowa Wola, Poland
Main Instrument: Piano
Mother: Justyna Krzyzanowska
Father: Nicolas Chopin
It is clear that Frederic's love for music developed from a very young age since his father was a musician of different instruments and his mother a piano player and teacher. However, his development as a musician was as a result of his sister Ludwika who taught him basic music and how to play the piano. Most scholars give credit to Ludwika as frederic’s first piano teacher.
After learning to play the piano at home, Frederic was enrolled in the Warsaw Lyceum where he continued to study music and piano playing. Like other great and famous piano players his aim was to become a virtuoso. It was in Paris that his true potential as a pianist and piano teacher was revealed.
Frederic's musical talent continued to develop and was noticed by a number of piano players and music teachers. Two piano teachers who played a major role in his life were Zywny and Jozef Elsner. Both teachers helped to mould Frederic into a great pianist and composer.
Frederic matured quit quickly and started to compose his own piano pieces, his pieces were mostly classified as romantic music.
Like other famous piano players, Frederic dedicated a lot of his time to musical compositions. Here is a summary of compositions by genre that he did.
2 Piano Concertos
For more information on each compositions listed above go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Chopin_by_genre .
Frederic became a popular composer and piano player. He performed at several concerts across Europe and Asia. Even though he became a great virtuoso he suffered from poor health. His last public appearance on a concert platform was in Britain. He performed at London’s Guildhall on November 16, 1848. It was during the tour of Britain that he started to get weak.
He returned to Paris a very sick man and died there of tuberculosis at age thirty nine.
This great virtuoso died at an early age, but he has made great contributions towards the development of music and impacted the lives of many piano players of this modern era.
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