Knew His Instrument
was born in Zelazowa Wola in 1810 and died in Paris in 1849. His
lessons began in 1817 with Zywny, and his theory tutoring had
begun in 1822 by Joseph Elsner. By 1825, his first officially published
work was his Rondo in C minor.
in Chopin’s career include the writing and performing of his
two piano concertos (1829-1830) and his arrival in Paris in 1831,
where he met many important composers and individuals including
and novelist George Sand, whom he lived with from 1838-1847.
was an amazing composer for the piano, deriving inspiration from
many sources including Italian opera (seen in his use of ornamentation)
and his Polish background (as seen in the flavor of his polonaises
Amazing Chopin Fact
all of the romance surrounding the titles and circumstances of Chopin’s
music, it may come as a surprise that Chopin himself thought of
his compositions as absolute music (not programmatic or picturesque).