Hey Kids, Meet Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin was born on March 1, 1810 in Poland. His father was French and his mother was Polish. In his future the music of both of these nations would influence his compositions. Some of his works for piano are called mazurkas and polonaises, which are polish dances.
As a child he showed a level of intelligence that allowed him to absorb everything. As he grew older, so did his abilities of observation, drawing, and his uncommon ability to imitate what he observed.
Frederic's first professional piano teacher was the respected Wojciech Zywny. He was devoted to the piano and his skills soon surpassed those of his teacher. At the age of seven, his public performances began to be compared to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a child, and to his contemporary, Ludwig van Beethoven.
No other composer could play the piano like Chopin. His performances showed exceptional tenderness, happiness, and boldness.
Chopin's love of Poland is captured in a small silver box filled with Polish earth which he carried with him when he left Poland at the age of 21. The silver box was buried with him when he died in Paris on October 17, 1849, at the age of 38.
Funeral March for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Nocture in E Flat Op.9, No.2 for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Polonaise Op. 53 (Heroic) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo