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From the Romantic Musical Period, Chopin and his Life

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Frédéric François Chopin was born on March 1, 1810, in the region of Masovia, in the central part of Poland. He is very well known for his exuberant compositions, and for being one of the most admired composers, which most of his compositions are for the piano. His parental background is French and Polish; since a very tender age he was considered as a prodigy child.

When he was twenty years old, he went to Paris; for this time he had already composed his two piano concertos. After going to Paris, he never came back to Poland. About his intimate life, it is mentioned that he had a relationship with several women; but, for nine years he shared his life with the writer George Sand, from 1836 to 1847. This was the pseudonym for the French Romantic writer Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, Baroness Dudevant. She became the main inspiration to put human voices together with the classical compositions.

He started his musical career brilliantly; he was introduced to some of the most important pianists and composers of that time: Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Ferdinand Hiller and Franz Liszt. With some of them, he made a good friendship, especially with Felix Mendelssohn, Charles-Valentin Alkan, and Vincenzo Bellini.

Chopin’s style to compose covers much of the shade, poetry and communicative intensity, instead of being just mere technical creation; for this reason, and some other, Frédéric Chopin is considered as one of the basis of the Romantic period of the nineteenth century.

After the years of his romance with Sand, Chopin suffered from several chronic lung diseases, which became worst during the cold winters; therefore, he went to Barcelona, and some time later he went to Marseille, in order to recover his health.

In the year 1848, Chopin performed his last concert, which took place in Paris, and finally, in October 17, 1849, he died.

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