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Frederic Chopin - Greatest Composer

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Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849), regarded as one of the most prolific piano composers, was born on March 1st, 1810. His birthplace was Zelazowa Wola – a small village located 50 kilometres west of Warsaw. His family house, then a thatched cottage, nowadays a romantic manor surrounded by a picturesque park is Chopin Birthplace Museum where one can see a rich collection of memorabilia connected with the life of this prominent Romantic composer. At the age of seven Chopin's family moved to Warsaw.

They stayed in the Saxon Palace where Chopin's father held a post of a French language teacher. Frederic was so talented that being only seven years old, he composed two polonaises. A year later Chopin made his first public appearance as a pianist. Being a child prodigy, Chopin gained the reputation of a ''second Mozart'' and was invited to perform both at the aristocracy receptions and public charity concerts. His first professional piano teacher was Wojciech Zywny.

However, Chopin became more skilled than his master, thus, other teachers had to supervise his talent development. From 1823 to 1826 Chopin attended the Warsaw Lyceum, whereas from 1826 to 1829 he was a student of the Warsaw Conservatory. Nowadays, in the Czapski Palace in the centre of Warsaw one can see the salon in which Chopin stayed with his parents. Having graduated the Conservatory, Chopin went to Vienna where he made an excellent debut. Encouraged by his success and favourable reviews, Chopin left Warsaw in 1830 to give more concerts all over Europe. He never came to his homeland again. Fortunately, there are a lot of places in Warsaw which remind us of Chopin. These are not only museums but the concerts and piano competitions where his music can be heard.


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