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March 01

Frederick Chopin

A sentimental person, Chopin carried with him a cup of dirt from Poland when he left for good in 1830.

Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-103898.

1810: Mr. Piano Man
Frederick Chopin is born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland
Imagine writing complicated pieces of music when you are only seven years old. Someone who can do that—like Frederick Chopin—is called a prodigy, someone who at a young age displays amazing skills in music, art, or something else.

Chopin developed new ways of playing the piano that today are at the heart of what we call “Romantic music”—the term given to expressive, complex music written in Europe in the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.

Chopin also was known for his gifts at improvising where he would make up new combinations of notes in the course of playing something he had written already. Chopin’s last public performance took place in London in November 1848 where he played for fellow Polish refugees.
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