Monday, May 12, 2008

Classical Masterpieces Of All Time - Frederic Chopin

Only known photograph of Chopin, by Bisson, ca. 1849
Frederic Chopin (March 1, 1810 - October 17, 1849)

Fryderyk Chopin was a Polish virtuoso pianist and piano composer of the Romantic period. He is widely regarded as the greatest Polish composer, and one of the most influential composers for piano in the 19th century.

Chopin's extant compositions all include the piano, predominantly alone or as a solo instrument among others. Though his music is technically demanding, its style emphasizes nuance and expressive depth rather than technical virtuosity. Chopin invented new musical forms such as the ballade, and made major innovations to existing forms such as the piano sonata, waltz, nocturne, etude, impromptu, and prelude. His works are mainstays of Romanticism in 19th century classical music. His mazurkas and polonaises remain the cornerstone of Polish national classical music.

Chopin died in Paris, France on October 17, 1849.

Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No.2


Tags: Frederick Chopin, Classical Music, World's Classical Masterpieces, Romanticism

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

2 comments:

Quackster said...

I like Chopin too!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Quackster,
Thanks for your appreciation of Chopin. God bless.

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