Frederic Chopin (Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He was born in Zelazowa Wola, 50 kilometres west of Warsaw, to a French father and Polish mother. Six months after Fryderyk’s birth, the family moved to Warsaw, where his father made a living teaching French, while his mother gave piano lessons. Chopin’s musical education was completed in and he composed many of his most popular works in Warsaw. However, he left Poland, aged 20, less than a month before the outbreak of the November 1830 Uprising. and never returned to Poland. Chopin wrote many Mazurkas and Polonaises based on Polish dances. He is considered by most critics one of the great masters of Romantic music.
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“As a Pole he (Chopin) reflected in his work the very essence of the tragic break in the history of the (Polish) people and instinctively aspired to give the deepest expression of his nation” – Karol Szymanowski, 1923