(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.  Though he wrote two Piano Concertos, and his Piano Sonatas no 2 and 3 are important works, his Etudes, Nocturnes, Ballades, Preludes, Scherzos, and Waltzes are among the most challenging and rewarding works of the romantic piano repertoire.
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steven - 24 Sep 2009