Frederic Chopin was born to a French father and Polish mother in Zelazowa Wola near current day Warsaw. In 1822, he studied music at the Warsaw Conservatory where he was influenced by Bach and Mozart. At nineteen years old, Chopin wrote his F minor concerto and played several concerts throughout Vienna. In 1831, he arrived in Paris where he was to spend the rest of his life. (The Musical Archives)
he was confined to mostly piano works, Chopin has been ranked as one
of music’s greatest tone poets. “His compositions include two concertos,
nocturnes, sonatas, scherzos, polonaises, mazurkas, preludes and waltzes.
He also created new musical forms as the etudes and ballads.” (Sanford,
George and Adriana Gozdecka-Sanford. Historical
known for combining national music with popular folk themes, creating
a distinctive and original style in Polish music which appealed to a
universal audience. While in Paris, he often played for the French
aristocracy. Soon after the French revolution broke out, Chopin accepted
an offer to visit
“A bust of Frederic Chopin, Polish composer and pianist of world renown, the centennial of whose death was recently commemorated throughout the world, was modeled by Charles Dienes, Cleveland artist, and was the gift in 1947 of Harmonia Chopin Singing Society.” (Lederer, Clara. Their Paths Are Peace: The Story of Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens. p. 83, 1954)
Bust of Chopin The Cleveland Memory Project
Sanford, George and Adriana Gozdecka-Sanford. Historical
The Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, Vol. 3, p. 264, 2002.