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Frederic Chopin

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Thanks for Watching! Frederic Chopin Prelude in E - Minor Skyfall By Kathleen M Biography Frederic Chopin was born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland in 1810. Even as a young child, he showed a great interest in music, and started playing the piano at four years old. By the time he was eight, he was already performing music, and he started publishing his own compositions in his teens. In fact, when Robert Schumann first heard his music, he said - "Hats off gentlemen - a genius!" In September of 1831, he left Poland for Paris as part of the Great Emigration. However, he had a deep connection with the country and missed it very much after he left. In fact, it is said that he brought a silver cup full of Polish dirt with him to Paris. Many of the compositions that he wrote in Paris were inspired by his life in Poland - most of them were mazurkas (a polish folk dance). While in Paris, Chopin formed friendships with many other romantic artists, such as Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, Vincenzo Bellini, Ferdinand Hiller, Felix Mendelssohn, and Eugene Delacroix. He was also neighbors with George Sand, a famous female writer who went by a man's name so that her books would be published. They actually ended up having one of the most famous love affairs of the 19th century, but they never married. They stayed together from 1836 to 1847, and by this point, Chopin's health was quickly deteriorating, along with his popularity. He performed his final concert in February of 1848. When he realized that he didn't have much time left, his sister, Ludwika, who had been his first piano teacher, came to stay with him. Just two days before his death, he requested that his body be cut open before burial, as he had a fear of being buried alive. His exact words were, "As the earth will suffocate me, I implore you to have my body opened so that I will not be buried alive". He had one more request, that his heart be taken out of his body and returned to Poland. Ludwika smuggled the heart of the country in an urn, and it is now sealed inside of a pillar in Holy Cross Church on Krakowskie Przemiescie (a street in Poland). Chopin's funeral was held at Church de Madeline, in Paris. Nearly three thousand people attended his funeral, but George Sand was not one of them. Eugene Delacroix was a painter of the Romantic period. He painted this picture of Chopin. The first picture is a painting of George Sand. It was done
by Eugene Delacroix, along with the previous painting of Frederic Chopin. The second picture is a photograph of George Sand. By Frederic Chopin By Adele Historical Significance In the winter of 1838 - 1839, Frederic Chopin and George Sand were staying in a small, unheated house in the Valldemossa Monastery. During this time, Chopin was finding it very difficult to acquire a piano, and both Chopin and Sand were very miserable. Much of this misery is expressed through the twenty - four preludes that he wrote - one of them being this one. Fun Facts! - Chopin could only sleep if his slippers were lined up in front of his bed
- His favourite composers were Bach and Mozart
- He only entered a room right foot first
- Chopin would sometimes lock himself in his room for days at a time, trying to perfect a piece
- One of George Sand's pet names for him was "my dear corpse" Chopin's Works -59 mazurkas
-27 etudes
-27 preludes
-21 nocturnes
-20 waltzes
-18 polonaises
-5 rondos
-4 ballades
-4 impromptus
-4 scherzos
-4 sets of variations
-3 ecossaises
-3 piano sonatos
-2 concerti

201 compositions!
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