Frédéric Chopin, Composer
(1810 - 1849). This Polish composer's spectacular technique as a pianist, and his early compositions, brought him to the attention of Robert Schumann, who declared him a genius. But it was his playing at the fashionable salon soirees in the homes of the Parisian elite that secured his livelihood and fame. Chopin created a large body of unique solo piano compositions, many of which are infused with the dance forms of his Polish homeland, including his colorful Polonaises and Mazurkas. Thou...