Fryderyk Chopin
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1810-02-22
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Biography

Chopin’s father was a Frenchman who went to Poland, where he earned his living as a teacher and married a Polish woman. Their only son, Fryderyk (or Frédéric), was a child prodigy whose playing was in demand among the aristocracy ...

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Chopin’s father was a Frenchman who went to Poland, where he earned his living as a teacher and married a Polish woman. Their only son, Fryderyk (or Frédéric), was a child prodigy whose playing was in demand among the aristocracy of Warsaw. He had a Polonaise published when he was aged only 7. He played for the unpopular Grand Duke Constantin at the age of 10, and the Tsar when he was 15. (In the post Napoleonic era Poland was part of the Russian empire.) Chopin entered the Warsaw Conservatory the following year and took Józef Elsner’s three-year course in harmony, counterpoint and composition.

Chopin’s first piano teacher, Adalbert Zywny, had already introduced him to the music of Bach and the Viennese classics. As a pianist, however, Chopin is considered to have been self-taught: he doesn’t seem to have needed to practise very much. His more extended early works were decorative and brilliant, in the line of display pieces by touring virtuosos like Hummel.

After giving two big concerts in Warsaw at which he introduced his two piano concertos, Chopin left for Vienna in November 1830, staying eight months, during which he learnt of the Warsaw Uprising. He never saw Poland again. He made his way to Paris, where he soon felt at home, since there were many Polish émigrés in the French capital.

Although he made his French debut in the Salle Pleyel, Chopin disliked the publicity and pressure of large concerts, preferring small gatherings in society apartments, where the subtlety of his touch could be better appreciated. Because of his popularity, he found he could make a handsome living from teaching: not only rich young ladies, but also talented students who became professionals. His music sold well, and from 1833 it was published simultaneously in England, France and Germany.

Chopin wrote Nocturnes and shorter pieces in dance forms, such as Mazurkas, Waltzes and Polonaises, throughout his career. He found his mature style early, with the first set of Études, Op. 10 (1829–32). These are still, with their sequel, the Op. 25 set, the cornerstone of modern piano technique, as well as powerfully poetic pieces.

Chopin started a relationship with the novelist George Sand in 1838, composing some of his Préludes, Op. 28, during a winter spent with her in Majorca, where bad weather exacerbated his tuberculosis. From 1839 to 1845 he spent winters in Paris and summers at Sand’s country house at Nohant, writing the Third and Fourth Scherzos, the last two Ballades, the Fantasy in F minor and the Sonata No. 3 in B minor.

The liaison with Sand broke up in 1847, complicated by battles with her two children. The following year, revolution broke out in Paris. An escape of sorts was offered by Chopin’s rich Scottish pupil Jane Stirling, who invited him to England and Scotland, though by now he was seriously ill. He died less than a year after his return to Paris.

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Fryderyk Chopin & Grigory Sokolov
Preludes, Op 28
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Preludes, Op 28 Preludes, Op 28 Preludes, Op 28 Preludes, Op 28
Fryderyk Chopin & Grigory Sokolov
Etudes, Op 25; No. 3 in F
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Etudes, Op 25; No. 3 in F Etudes, Op 25; No. 3 in F Etudes, Op 25; No. 3 in F Etudes, Op 25; No. 3 in F
Fryderyk Chopin & Grigory Sokolov
Etudes, Op 25; No. 2 in F minor
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Etudes, Op 25; No. 2 in F minor Etudes, Op 25; No. 2 in F minor Etudes, Op 25; No. 2 in F minor Etudes, Op 25; No. 2 in F minor
Fryderyk Chopin & Grigory Sokolov
Etudes, Op 25; No. 6 in G sharp minor
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Etudes, Op 25; No. 6 in G sharp minor Etudes, Op 25; No. 6 in G sharp minor Etudes, Op 25; No. 6 in G sharp minor Etudes, Op 25; No. 6 in G sharp minor
Fryderyk Chopin & Grigory Sokolov
Etudes, Op 25; No. 1 in A flat
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Etudes, Op 25; No. 1 in A flat Etudes, Op 25; No. 1 in A flat Etudes, Op 25; No. 1 in A flat Etudes, Op 25; No. 1 in A flat
Fryderyk Chopin & Grigory Sokolov
Etude in G flat, Op 25 No 9
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Etude in G flat, Op 25 No 9 Etude in G flat, Op 25 No 9 Etude in G flat, Op 25 No 9 Etude in G flat, Op 25 No 9
Murray Perahia & Fryderyk Chopin
12 Studies for piano (Op.10), no.12 in C minor; 'Revolutionary study'
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12 Studies for piano (Op.10), no.12 in C minor; 'Revolutionary study' 12 Studies for piano (Op.10), no.12 in C minor; 'Revolutionary study' 12 Studies for piano (Op.10), no.12 in C minor; 'Revolutionary study' 12 Studies for piano (Op.10), no.12 in C minor; 'Revolutionary study'
Fryderyk Chopin & Roman Rabinovich
Prelude No.16 in B flat minor
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Prelude No.16 in B flat minor Prelude No.16 in B flat minor Prelude No.16 in B flat minor Prelude No.16 in B flat minor
Fryderyk Chopin & Valerie Tryon
Ballade no.1 in G minor (Op.23)
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Ballade no.1 in G minor (Op.23) Ballade no.1 in G minor (Op.23) Ballade no.1 in G minor (Op.23) Ballade no.1 in G minor (Op.23)
Yulianna Avdeeva & Fryderyk Chopin
4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33)
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4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33) 4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33) 4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33) 4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33)
Даниил Трифонов & Fryderyk Chopin
12 Studies for piano (Op.25)
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12 Studies for piano (Op.25) 12 Studies for piano (Op.25) 12 Studies for piano (Op.25) 12 Studies for piano (Op.25)
Fryderyk Chopin & Stephen Hough
3 Waltzes Op.34 for piano: no.1 in A flat major;
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3 Waltzes Op.34 for piano: no.1 in A flat major; 3 Waltzes Op.34 for piano: no.1 in A flat major; 3 Waltzes Op.34 for piano: no.1 in A flat major; 3 Waltzes Op.34 for piano: no.1 in A flat major;
Ludmil Angelov & Fryderyk Chopin
Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major (Op.5) [Vivace]
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Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major (Op.5) [Vivace] Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major (Op.5) [Vivace] Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major (Op.5) [Vivace] Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major (Op.5) [Vivace]
Fryderyk Chopin & Kevin Kenner
24 Preludes
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24 Preludes 24 Preludes 24 Preludes 24 Preludes
Alexandre Tharaud & Fryderyk Chopin
Fantaisie-impromptu for piano (Op.66) in C sharp minor
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Fantaisie-impromptu for piano (Op.66) in C sharp minor Fantaisie-impromptu for piano (Op.66) in C sharp minor Fantaisie-impromptu for piano (Op.66) in C sharp minor Fantaisie-impromptu for piano (Op.66) in C sharp minor
Marianna Shirinyan, Fryderyk Chopin, Vilde Frang & Andreas Brantelid
Trio for piano and strings (Op.8) in G minor, 4th movement; Finale (Allegretto)
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Trio for piano and strings (Op.8) in G minor, 4th movement; Finale (Allegretto) Trio for piano and strings (Op.8) in G minor, 4th movement; Finale (Allegretto) Trio for piano and strings (Op.8) in G minor, 4th movement; Finale (Allegretto) Trio for piano and strings (Op.8) in G minor, 4th movement; Finale (Allegretto)
Sviatoslav Richter & Fryderyk Chopin
Ten Preludes from (Op 28) [No.4 in E minor, No.5 in D
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Ten Preludes from (Op 28) [No.4 in E minor, No.5 in D Ten Preludes from (Op 28) [No.4 in E minor, No.5 in D Ten Preludes from (Op 28) [No.4 in E minor, No.5 in D Ten Preludes from (Op 28) [No.4 in E minor, No.5 in D
Irina Bogdanova & Fryderyk Chopin
Etude No.6 in E-Flat Minor, Op.10
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Etude No.6 in E-Flat Minor, Op.10 Etude No.6 in E-Flat Minor, Op.10 Etude No.6 in E-Flat Minor, Op.10 Etude No.6 in E-Flat Minor, Op.10
Frédéric Lodéon, Fryderyk Chopin & François-René Duchâble
Polonaise brillante, Op.3
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Polonaise brillante, Op.3 Polonaise brillante, Op.3 Polonaise brillante, Op.3 Polonaise brillante, Op.3
Fryderyk Chopin & Maurizio Pollini
2 Polonaises for piano (Op.40), no.1 in A major; Military polonaise
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2 Polonaises for piano (Op.40), no.1 in A major; Military polonaise 2 Polonaises for piano (Op.40), no.1 in A major; Military polonaise 2 Polonaises for piano (Op.40), no.1 in A major; Military polonaise 2 Polonaises for piano (Op.40), no.1 in A major; Military polonaise
Sebastian Knauer & Fryderyk Chopin
Nocturne No. 9 in B major Op. 32 No. 1; Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 37 No. 1
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Nocturne No. 9 in B major Op. 32 No. 1; Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 37 No. 1 Nocturne No. 9 in B major Op. 32 No. 1; Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 37 No. 1 Nocturne No. 9 in B major Op. 32 No. 1; Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 37 No. 1 Nocturne No. 9 in B major Op. 32 No. 1; Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 37 No. 1
Nikolai Demidenko & Fryderyk Chopin
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
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Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy & Fryderyk Chopin
Rondo for piano (Op.1) in C minor
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Rondo for piano (Op.1) in C minor Rondo for piano (Op.1) in C minor Rondo for piano (Op.1) in C minor Rondo for piano (Op.1) in C minor
Fryderyk Chopin & Piers Adams and Howard Beech
Nocturne
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Nocturne Nocturne Nocturne Nocturne
Fryderyk Chopin, Ludmil Angelov
Rondo in E flat major, Op.16
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Rondo in E flat major, Op.16 Rondo in E flat major, Op.16 Rondo in E flat major, Op.16 Rondo in E flat major, Op.16
Fryderyk Chopin & Daniil Trifonov
Sonata no. 3 in B minor Op.58 for piano
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Sonata no. 3 in B minor Op.58 for piano Sonata no. 3 in B minor Op.58 for piano Sonata no. 3 in B minor Op.58 for piano Sonata no. 3 in B minor Op.58 for piano
Fryderyk Chopin, Nikolaj Znaider & Daniel Gortler
Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
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Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2 Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2 Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2 Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
Fryderyk Chopin & Nelson Freire
2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.27) no.2 in D flat major
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2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.27) no.2 in D flat major 2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.27) no.2 in D flat major 2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.27) no.2 in D flat major 2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.27) no.2 in D flat major
Zoltán Kocsis & Fryderyk Chopin
Waltz for piano (Op.34 No.2) in A minor
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Waltz for piano (Op.34 No.2) in A minor Waltz for piano (Op.34 No.2) in A minor Waltz for piano (Op.34 No.2) in A minor Waltz for piano (Op.34 No.2) in A minor
Murray Perahia & Fryderyk Chopin
Etudes Opus 25 Nos 9-12
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Etudes Opus 25 Nos 9-12 Etudes Opus 25 Nos 9-12 Etudes Opus 25 Nos 9-12 Etudes Opus 25 Nos 9-12
Fryderyk Chopin & Janina Fialkowska
4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33), no.2 in D major
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4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33), no.2 in D major 4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33), no.2 in D major 4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33), no.2 in D major 4 Mazurkas for piano (Op.33), no.2 in D major
Fryderyk Chopin, Jane Coop
Nocturne in D flat major (Op.27 No.2)
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Nocturne in D flat major (Op.27 No.2) Nocturne in D flat major (Op.27 No.2) Nocturne in D flat major (Op.27 No.2) Nocturne in D flat major (Op.27 No.2)
Fryderyk Chopin
Waltz, Op. 18, B 62
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Waltz, Op. 18, B 62 Waltz, Op. 18, B 62 Waltz, Op. 18, B 62 Waltz, Op. 18, B 62
Fryderyk Chopin
Waltz, Op. post., B133
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Waltz, Op. post., B133 Waltz, Op. post., B133 Waltz, Op. post., B133 Waltz, Op. post., B133
Fryderyk Chopin & Louis Lortie
Nocturne, Op37 No. 2
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Nocturne, Op37 No. 2 Nocturne, Op37 No. 2 Nocturne, Op37 No. 2 Nocturne, Op37 No. 2
Ludmil Angelov, Fryderyk Chopin, Milen Nachev & Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22)
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Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22) Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22) Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22) Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22)
Dina Yoffe, Daniel Vaiman & Fryderyk Chopin
Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major, (Op.16)
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Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major, (Op.16) Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major, (Op.16) Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major, (Op.16) Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major, (Op.16)

Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major, (Op.16)

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Daniel Vaiman
Dina Yoffe
Fryderyk Chopin & Benjamin Grosvenor
Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54
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Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54 Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54 Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54 Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54
Nelson Goerner, Fryderyk Chopin, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century & Frans Brüggen
Krakowiak - rondo for piano and orchestra (Op.14) in F major
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Krakowiak - rondo for piano and orchestra (Op.14) in F major Krakowiak - rondo for piano and orchestra (Op.14) in F major Krakowiak - rondo for piano and orchestra (Op.14) in F major Krakowiak - rondo for piano and orchestra (Op.14) in F major
Fryderyk Chopin & Janusz Olejniczak
Mazurka op. 24 no.2 in C major for piano
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Mazurka op. 24 no.2 in C major for piano Mazurka op. 24 no.2 in C major for piano Mazurka op. 24 no.2 in C major for piano Mazurka op. 24 no.2 in C major for piano
Tobias Koch & Fryderyk Chopin
Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3
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Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3 Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3 Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3 Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3
Fryderyk Chopin & Jan Lisiecki
Etude in A minor Op10, no2
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Etude in A minor Op10, no2 Etude in A minor Op10, no2 Etude in A minor Op10, no2 Etude in A minor Op10, no2
Alex Slobodyanik & Fryderyk Chopin
Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor (Op.31)
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Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor (Op.31) Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor (Op.31) Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor (Op.31) Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor (Op.31)
Kevin Kenner & Fryderyk Chopin
Two Nocturnes (Op. 32)
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Two Nocturnes (Op. 32) Two Nocturnes (Op. 32) Two Nocturnes (Op. 32) Two Nocturnes (Op. 32)
Anastasia Vorotnaya & Fryderyk Chopin
Barcarolle in F sharp major (Op.60)
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Barcarolle in F sharp major (Op.60) Barcarolle in F sharp major (Op.60) Barcarolle in F sharp major (Op.60) Barcarolle in F sharp major (Op.60)
Fryderyk Chopin & Maria João Pires
Nocturne for piano (Op.72`1) in E minor
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Nocturne for piano (Op.72`1) in E minor Nocturne for piano (Op.72`1) in E minor Nocturne for piano (Op.72`1) in E minor Nocturne for piano (Op.72`1) in E minor
Fryderyk Chopin, Oliver von Dohnányi & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava
Polonaise in A major (Op.40 No.1) arr for orchestra
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Polonaise in A major (Op.40 No.1) arr for orchestra

Orchestra
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava
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