Frédéric Chopin

Quick Facts

  • One of the greatest composers of the Romantic Period
  • Born in Poland
  • Studied piano as a child and gave his first public performance at the age of 8
  • Wrote his first composition at the age of 6
  • Most of his compositions were written for piano.
  • He did not give many public performances in his life; he earned much of his money giving piano lessons to rich people in Paris.
  • Was the first major composer to devote himself to the piano.
  • He innovated piano techniques for the pedal, fingering, extended reach in both hands, and musical expression.
  • Had ill health much of his adult life and died at the age of 39


  • Chopin poster (PDF)

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