Fryderyk Chopin

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Legal name: Frédéric François Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin


Frédéric François Chopin (/ˈʃpæn/; French: [fʁedeʁik fʁɑ̃swa ʃɔpɛ̃]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849), born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as a leading musician of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." Chopin was born in what was then the Duchy of Warsaw and grew up in Warsaw, which in 1815 became part of Congress Poland. A child prodigy, he completed his musical education and composed his earlier works in Warsaw before leaving Poland at the age of 20, less than a month before the outbreak of the November 1830 Uprising.

At 21 he settled in Paris. Thereafter, during the last 18 years of his life, he gave only some 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and teaching piano, for which he was in high demand. Chopin formed a friendship with Franz Liszt and was admired by many of his musical contemporaries, including Robert Schumann. In 1835 he obtained French citizenship. After a failed engagement to Maria Wodzińska, from 1837 to 1847 he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French writer George Sand. A brief and unhappy visit to Majorca with Sand in 1838–39 was one of his most productive periods of composition. In his last years, he was financially supported by his admirer Jane Stirling, who also arranged for him to visit Scotland in 1848. Through most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died in Paris in 1849, at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.

All of Chopin's compositions include the piano. Most are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics. His keyboard style is highly individual and often technically demanding; his own performances were noted for their nuance and sensitivity. Chopin invented the concept of instrumental ballade. His major piano works also include mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, preludes and sonatas, some published only after his death. Influences on his compositional style include Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J. S. Bach, Mozart and Schubert, the music of all of whom he admired, as well as the Paris salons where he was a frequent guest. His innovations in style, musical form, and harmony, and his association of music with nationalism, were influential throughout and after the late Romantic period.

Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association (if only indirect) with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying degrees of historical accuracy.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2 concertos pour piano Chopin; Armin Jordan, Maria João Pires 1
10 Etudes / 3 Waltzes / 2 Nocturnes / Scherzo op. 20 / Berceuse op. 57 Chopin; Tamás Vásáry 1
14 Waltzes Chopin; Stanislav Bunin 1
14 Walzer / Nocturnes op. 32 Frédéric Chopin; Peter Schmalfuss 1
14th International F. Chopin Piano Competition Frédéric Chopin; Yundi Li 1
17 Walzer / 4 Mazurken / Polonaise As-dur op. 53 Frédéric Chopin; Tamás Vásáry 2
19 Valses Frédéric Chopin; Bruno Rigutto 1
20 Mazurkas Frédéric Chopin; Jan Ekier 1
Abbey Simon Plays Chopin, Volume 1 Chopin; Abbey Simon 1
Alfred Cortot plays Chopin Etudes, Preludes & Ballades Fryderyk Chopin; Alfred Cortot 1
Artur Rubinstein Plays Chopin Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
Balladen · Scherzo · Bulva · Sitzius · Lilamand Frédéric Chopin 1
Ballades / Impromptus / Mazurkas Chopin; Pieter van Winkel 1
Ballades of Grieg and Chopin Grieg, Chopin; Michael Kim 1
Cello Sonatas Chopin, Rachmaninov; Alexander Kniazev, Nikolai Lugansky 1
Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Alfred Cortot 1
Chopin Fryderyk Chopin; Janusz Olejniczak 1
Chopin - a Celebration Fryderyk Chopin 1
Chopin : Piano Concerto No.1 / Glazunov : Choponiana Chopin / Glazunov 1
Chopin Sämtliche Walzer (Sondra Bianca) Fryderyk Chopin 1
Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Impromptus, Bolero Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
Chopin: Ballade / Nocturnes / Mazurkas / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Chopin, Mussorgsky; Jaromír Klepáč 1
Chopin: Concerto No.1 / Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Chopin, Rachmaninoff; Van Cliburn 1
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor / Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Fryderyk Chopin / Robert Schumann 1
Classic Masters: Peças populares para orquestra Camille Saint‐Saëns, Pablo de Sarasate, Charles-François Gounod, Fryderyk Chopin, Georges Bizet; Orquestra Sinfônica da Rádio do Sudoeste de Baden-Baden, Klaus Arp 1
Classical Masterpieces Frédéric Chopin 1
Classical Treasures: Chopin Piano Favorites Frédéric Chopin 1
Complete Nocturnes and Impromptus Chopin; Peter Katin 1
Daniil Trifonov Plays Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin 0
Douze Mazourkes Frédéric Chopin / Pauline Viardot; Amarilli Nizza, Enrica Ciccarelli 1
Estudios y baladas Fryderyk Chopin 1
Etude op. 10 / op. 25 Frédéric Chopin; Nikita Magaloff 1
Etudes Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Etudes Chopin; Wilhelm Backhaus 1
Études Frédéric Chopin; Nikolai Lugansky 1
Études op. 10 & op. 25 Chopin; François-René Duchâble 1
Études Op. 10 & Op. 25 / Trois Nouvelles Études Chopin; Claudio Arrau 1
Études opp. 10 & 25 Frédéric Chopin; Andrei Gavrilov 1
Études, Ballades & Waltzes Chopin; Agustin Anievas 1
Fantasie / Polonaise-fantasie / Berceuse / Barcarolle Chopin; Fou Ts'ong 1
Favorite Chopin: Nocturnes, Waltzes, Mazurkas Chopin; Theresa Vogel 1
Favourite Chopin Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Favourites Fryderyk Chopin 1
Frédéric Chopin Fantasie - Impromptu Frédéric Chopin; Dubravka Tomšič 5 1
Große Chopin Interpreten Frédéric Chopin 1
Guiomar Novaes Plays Chopin Chopin; Guiomar Novaes 1
Heroic Polonaise / Fantasie Impromptu Frédéric Chopin; Danielle Dechenne 1
Improvisations / Nocturnes / Fantaisie Chopin 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 1: Œuvres d'enfance et d'adolescence (1817-1827) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 2: Œuvres de jeunesse 2 (1828-1829) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 3: De Varsovie à Paris (1830-1831) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 6: Époque parisienne 3 (1835-1837) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 7: Paris - Majorque (1837-1838) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 9: Paris - Nohant (1840-1841) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 10: Les dernières œuvres - 1 (1842) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 11: Les dernières œuvres - 2 (1843-1844) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 12: Les dernières œuvres - 3 (1845-1849) Chopin; El Bacha 1
Kiyotaka Izumi plays Chopin and Durlet Fryderyk Chopin, Emmanuel Durlet; Kiyotaka Izumi 1
Les Nocturnes Chopin 1
Les valses, edition intégrale Chopin 1
Lieder op.74 Frédéric Chopin 1
Meisterwerke der Classic: Chopin Chopin 1
Mertanen plays Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Janne Mertanen 1
Nocturnes Chopin; Claudio Arrau 1
Nocturnes Fryderyk Chopin; Ida Černecká, Dieter Goldmann 1
Nocturnes Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Nocturnes, Vol. 1 Frédéric Chopin; Janne Mertanen 1
Nocturnes, Vol. 2 Frédéric Chopin; Janne Mertanen 1
Nocturnus Nos. 1-10 / 4 Impromptus Frédéric Chopin 1
On Wings of Song Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky; Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen 1
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment feat. Emanuel Ax) Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra feat. piano: Ida Černeckǎ, conductor: Libor Pešek) Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Chopin; Evgeny Kissin 1
Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 (Torino Philharmony Orchestra feat. conductor: Julian Kovatchev, piano: Anna Malikova) Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Concertos, Volume 11 Chopin; Piotr Paleczny 1
Piano Masterpieces: 4 Impromptus / 4 Nocturnes / Fantasy, op. 49 Frédéric Chopin; Dubravka Tomšič 1
Piano Music Frédéric Chopin; Cécile Licad 1
Piano Romance Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Sonatas 2 & 3 / Scherzi / Ballades Chopin; Cécile Ousset 1
Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 Fryderyk Chopin; Martha Argerich 1
Piano Works Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Piano Works (piano: Rudolf Buchbinder) Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Works Selection Chopin; Ida Cernecká 5 1
Píanó: Händel / Mozart / Schubert / Chopin / Schumann / Brahms Händel, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms; Jónas Ingimundarson 1
Polonaises Frédéric Chopin; Shura Cherkassky 1
Polonaises Fryderyk Chopin; François-René Duchâble 1
Rubinstein Collection, Volume 48: Chopin Polonaises Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
Scherzos & Ballades Chopin; Valerie Tryon 1
Sonata, Etudes & Polonaise Chopin; Vitalij Margulis 1
Sonatas Beethoven, Chopin, Offenbach, Popper; Richard Harwood 1
Sonate fur klavier No.2 B-Moll, Op.35 und andere klavierwerke Fryderyk Chopin 1
Sonate no. 2 "Marche funèbre" / Sonate no. 3 / Polonaise "Héroïque" / Polonaise Fantaisie / Impromptus / Ballades / Préludes Chopin; Francois-René Duchâble 1
Sonates pour violoncelle et piano Fryderyk Chopin, Richard Strauss; Lluís Claret, Alain Planès 1
Sujeeva Hapugalle: Chopin Chopin; Sujeeva Hapugalle 1
The Complete Chopin Piano Works, Volume 4: Scherzi & Variations (Garrick Ohlsson) Frédéric Chopin 1
The Complete Nocturnes Chopin; Roger Woodward 1
The Complete Nocturnes Fryderyk Chopin 1
The Complete Waltzes (Allan Schiller) Frédéric Chopin 1
The Etudes Opus 10 and 25 of Frederick Chopin Fryderyk Chopin 1
The Four Scherzi and other works Chopin; Ivan Moravec 1

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