Frédéric Chopin

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Life

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist whose artistic creations embraced the expressive strengths of his instrument and drew upon the folk idiom of his homeland. The son of a Polish noblewoman, Justyna Krzyżanowska, and a French expatriate who had settled in Poland during the Napoleonic period, Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola near Warsaw and received his early musical training from Adalbert Żywny (1756–1842). A recently discovered baptismal record puts his birth at 22 February 1810, rather than 1 March 1810 as previously assumed.

Chopin was introduced to Polish folk traditions during vacations in Szafarnia, in his youth. Owing to his talent for playing the piano …

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Citation:
Smialek, William. "Frédéric Chopin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2010
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