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Frèdèric Chopin

Frèdèric Chopin (1810-1849) was a composer, virtuosic performer, and former child prodigy whose compositions remain popular to this day. His signature ornamented piano compositions are often performed and studied by piano students and performers alike. Although best known for his solo piano writing, Chopin also composed songs (in his native Polish language), chamber works, and two piano concertos. Chopin combined elements of folk music from his native Poland along with the compositional techniques and styles of Bach and Mozart in his Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Waltzes, and other compositions. Chopin has been the subject of many films, including my favorite romantic comedy Impromptu (1991). Starring a young Hugh Grant and Judy Davis, Impromptu tells the not-so entirely historically accurate tale of Chopin’s romance with the writer George Sand. Impromptu is available to rent from Netflix. In the meantime, enjoy these wonderful performances of Chopin’s music.

Ballade in G minor

Mazurak Op 7

Polonaise Brillante

Impromptu Movie Trailer

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