- NAME: Frédéric Chopin
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: March 01, 1810
- DEATH DATE: October 17, 1849
- Did You Know?: Frédéric Chopin was composing complex musical pieces at age 7.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Zelazowa Wola, Poland
- PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France
- AKA: Fryderyk Franciszek Szopen
- Full Name: Frédéric Chopin
- AKA: Fryderyk Szopen
- AKA: Frédéric François Chopin
- Nickname: Frycek
- AKA: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
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Considered Poland's greatest composer, Frédéric Chopin focused his efforts on piano composition and was a strong influence on composers who followed him.
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In May 1839, Frederic Chopin and George Sand settled south of Paris in Nohant, Sand's country home. The next seven years proved to be the happiest and most productive period of Chopin's life. He steadily composed a series of masterpieces, including the B Minor Sonata,
the Opus 55 Nocturnes and the Opus 56 Mazurkas. The growing demand for his new works and his greater understanding of the publishing business also brought increased income and provided Chopin an elegant lifestyle.
By the mid-1840s, both Chopin's health and his relationship with George Sand were deteriorating. His behavior had become erratic, possibly due to an undiagnosed form of epilepsy. The affair ended in 1848 after, among other things, Sand's unflattering portrayal of their relationship in her 1846 novel Lucrezia Floriani. At the end, both parties were too proud to reconcile, and Chopin's spirit and health were broken. He made an extended tour to the British Isles, where he struggled under an exhausting schedule, making his last public appearance on November 16, 1848. He then returned to Paris, where he died on October 17, 1849, at age 38. His body was buried at Père Lachaise cemetery, but his heart was interred at a church in Warsaw, near the place of his birth.
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