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Beautiful Classical Music by Frédéric Chopin

Calm Radio is proud to present the great works of Frédéric Chopin — a classical music channel for relaxation and focus. Chopin’s music is well-known for its beauty and relaxing sounds. If you are a classical music lover, this is a channel that will quickly become a favorite!

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) was a Polish composer of the Romantic era, most famously known for his mazurkas, waltzes, études, and nocturnes. He was also considered an excellent piano teacher. His renowned piano works were extremely poetic.

Here are some interesting facts about Chopin’s life.

Exceptional

Born March 1, 1810, by 8 years of age, Chopin was already performing in elegant salons and had composed Polonaise in G minor. At the age of 16, he had already composed several piano compositions, and his parents enrolled him in the Warsaw Conservatory of Music.

Sensing his future potential, Chopin’s parents sent him to Vienna where he made his piano debut in 1829. Audiences were enthralled by his highly technical yet poetically expressive performances.

The Paris Years

Chopin moved to Paris at the age of 21, where he spent the remainder of his life. He had developed friendships with other younger composers like Franz Liszt and Felix Mendelssohn. He was well loved in Paris, and earned a living by performing in the great parlours of Paris and giving piano lessons. He was timid about asking for payment, so students had to leave money on the table while he looked away.

Frédéric and Franz

Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt had a long and at times tense friendship. They performed together on several occations, and were each respectful but jealous of the other. Chopin was envious of Liszt’s exceptional piano playing skills, and Liszt in turn was jealous of the attention his mistress Marie d’Agoult paid Chopin. Some say that Liszt was also very friendly with Chopin’s lover George Sand, which concerned Chopin.

George Sand

In 1838, Chopin began a long love affair with author George Sand (Amantine Aurore Dupin). She was short, dark, with big eyes, and a cigar smoker, six years older than Chopin. She at first repelled Chopin, who said, “What an unattractive person la Sand is. Is she really a woman?”

However in March 1839, Chopin contracted tuberculosis. After a brief recuperation, they settled together in the South of Paris, in Nohant. The next seven years were the happiest and most productive of Chopin’s life. However their relationship ended in 1848 and Chopin’s spirit and health deteriorated.

Last Words

Chopin made his last performance in the British Isles on November 16, 1848. He returned to Paris where he died on October 17, 1849. His famous last words were “Mother, my poor mother”. As a fulfillment of his dying wish, his heart was transported to the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, Poland. He was buried at Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris with a small urn of authentic Polish soil.

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