Happy birthday to Frederic Chopin!
Chopin, born March 1, 1810, was a Romantic-era pianist andcomposer. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, and spent the first 20 years of his life there. He then settled in Paris, France, where he lived until passing away at the very young age of 39.
Chopin is most remembered as a piano virtuoso, and a composer of solo piano pieces. He composed his piano works in a very individualistic style, often making references to his Polish heritage. Very well known, and performed and recorded often to this day, are his sets of preludes, etudes, nocturnes, and mazurkas. Chopin gave relatively few large public performances, preferring instead the more intimate setting of the salon, and made most of his living teaching, and selling his compositions.
Chopin was very much a socialite. Considered a bit of a dandy, he enjoyed interacting with fellow musicians, artists, and other distinguished company. Among his friends were Franz Liszt, and Hector Berlioz. He had a well-known, intense, and often stormy relationship with French writer George Sand.
As well as having many recording of Chopin's works, the Glendale Public Library also some of his piano scores. Click on the link below to view a partial list of Chopin resources available at your Glendale Public Library!
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