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Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)

Major Polish composer. Born in Żelazowa Wola on the 1/03/1810, died on the 17/10/1849 in Paris.



Like all true pioneers, Chopin paid a heavy, albeit temporary, price for his audacity. In "... Read more about: The Origins of Chopin's Voice

Tadeusz Andrzej Zielinski writes on the phenomenon of the Frederic Chopin's music. Read more about: Chopin: different shades of genius

Chopin's music seemed to be a guiding spirit in Schumann's journalism. Schumann made his debut with... Read more about: Unrequited Love - Chopin and Schumann


When you consider that any professional pianist today would hope to have a minimum of 30... Read more about: Chopin in Concert - The Avid Dislike of Public Performance

Paris, 1842. No. 9 Place d’Orleans. Every week of the "season", from around the beginning of... Read more about: Chopin as Teacher

Why didn't Chopin use literary masterpieces for his song texts, like Schumann did? The answer to... Read more about: Chopin Could Do His Sums

Chopin died in 1849 and was buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. His heart, however, was... Read more about: Chopin's Gravest Fear

MASTERPIECES EXPLAINED breaks down for you an iconic piece of Fryderyk Chopin - a composition almost... Read more about: Breaking it Down: Chopin's Sonata No. 2

Chopin's 24 Preludes are universally recognized as some of the composer's most characteristic works... Read more about: Breaking Down Chopin's 24 Preludes

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Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)


Mazurkas de Fr. Chopin. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

Of the 57 Mazurkas composed by Fryderyk Chopin, each opus number contains three to five pieces, and another eight surviving Mazurkas have no opus number. Read more about: Mazurkas - Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin, Polonaises. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

Most of Chopin's Polonaises are for solo piano and just seven out of sixteen of them were given an opus number and were considered worth publishing. The remaining nine never came out. Read more about: Polonaises - Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin, Scherzo 4. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

The genre's top achievement, each of Fryderyk Chopin's scherzos has three movements, the lyrical middle one contrasting with the spontaneous first and last ones. True to the etymology of the word scherzo, they are lively, high-spirited, bouncy and folksy. Read more about: Scherzos - Fryderyk Chopin

Sonaten by Fryderyk Chopin. Photo: Polona Polish Digital National Library /

Fryderyk Chopin's three sonatas for solo piano were written at different stages of his artistic development. While the "Sonata in C minor" is the earliest of the three and is sometimes called Chopin's "sin of youth", the later two belong to the core works of his synthetic period and are representative of Chopin's outstanding composing technique. Read more about: Sonatas - Fryderyk Chopin

Chopin wrote the "Polonaise" in 1830-31, but "Andante spianato", i.e. the beginning, was only ready in Paris in late 1834 / early 1835. The work was published in 1836 as the "Grande Polonaise brillante précédée d'un Andante spianato" with a dedication to Baroness d'Este. Read more about: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat major - Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)


With a noble, authoritative take on Chopin, Szymanowski and Beethoven, Rafał Blechacz performs in Japan's cultural centres: Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya. Read more about: Blechacz Shapes Music in Japan

In spite of this youth, Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has already been afforded comparisons to Maurizio Pollini, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Krystian Zimermaneven - even called the Mozart of our times. Read more about: Jan Lisiecki on Poland and the Piano - Video Interview

Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)


George Zamka, STS-130 mission commander. Chopin: The Space Concert, promo photos, 2010, photo: courtesy of Adam Ustynowicz

What does it feel like to take a space walk? Can you explain that feeling to somebody who will never get a chance to do it? In a unique story that brought art and emotion to a scientific project costing billions of dollars, a small group found that perhaps Chopin’s music was capable of explaining the inexplicable. Read more about: Chopin: The Latest Polish Astronaut

Employees of Casamundi Cultura (from the left: Rafaeła Pehansky, Thirza Moreira, Chay Amorim, Fernanda Morassutti, Tiago Halewicz, Arthur Lang), photo: Fredy Vieira/Jornal do Commercio

Agnieszka Sural speaks with Tiago Halewicz – pianist, curator, translator, researcher and promoter of Polish culture in Brazil. Read more about: Living Polish Culture in Brazil: An Interview with Tiago Halewicz

Jerzy Grotowski, 1973, photo: Aleksander Jałosiński / Forum

Adam Mickiewicz, André Lichnerowicz, Jerzy Grotowski, and Barbara Romanowicz were all lecturers of the Collège de France at various times throughout the school's prestigious history. Each represented unique fields of research that contributed to the school’s centuries-old Latin motto, Docet Omnia – It Teaches Everything. Read more about: The Polish Connections of the Collège de France

CHOPIN WITHOUT PIANO, directed by Michał Zadara, photo: Natalia Kabanow / CENTRALA

Polish actress Barbara Wysocka, accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, is performing both of Chopin’s piano concertos... without a piano. Read more about: CHOPIN WITHOUT PIANO in Philadelphia and Boston

Whittled down from over 160 pianists in the final stages, the official jury has chosen the one and only winner of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition! Read more about: And the Winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition is…

In 2013, Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle, great aficionados of Witold Lutosławski’s music, met at the Berliner Philharmoniker. They performed the Piano Concerto (a piece the composer dedicated to Zimerman) and Symphony No. 2. Now, the recording of the concert is to be published thanks to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Grammophon, and Polska Music. Read more about: Zimerman, Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker Record Lutosławski

Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)


Fryderyk Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)
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