Composer of the Week - Frédéric Chopin (7th March 2022)
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Perhaps the greatest of all composers for the piano was Chopin. Called a “musical genius” when he was a teenager, Chopin composed a remarkable variety of brilliant pieces—warlike polonaises, elegant waltzes, romantic nocturnes, and poetic ballades and études.
Frédéric Chopin was born on March 1, 1810, at Zelazowa Wola, a village near Warsaw, Poland. His father, Nicholas, was a Frenchman who had lived in Poland for many years. His Polish mother was of noble birth. Several months after Frédéric’s birth the family moved to Warsaw.
Even as a small child, Chopin loved piano music. He began to take piano lessons when he was 6 years old. He started to compose music even before he knew how to write down his ideas. At the age of 8 he performed in a public charity concert. Chopin’s first published musical work, a rondo, appeared when he was 15 years old. When Chopin graduated from the lyceum, at 17, he was recognized as the leading pianist of Warsaw and a talented composer.