By the age of 7, Chopin hadcomposed two polonaises.The child prodigy wasfeatured in the Warsawnewspapers, and he becamethe attraction at receptionsgiven by aristocrats in andaround Warsaw. Chopin gavehis first piano recital at theage of 8
Chopin gave his firstconcert at The WarsawConcert Hall.
Chopin preferred intimate settings for arecital, like the home of Count and CountessRadziwil, as he didn’t like large concerthalls.
When visiting Vienna, he heardabout an uprising in Warsaw, anddecided not to return to Poland.He stayed in Vienna after which hevisited Munich and Stuttgart Germany,where he learned of Polandsoccupation by the Russian army.
At the age of 20, andalready composed manyworks for the piano,Chopin moved to Paris.
In Paris, Chopin formed friendships with Franz Lizst, HectorBerlioz, Felix Mendelssohn, and Vincenzo Bellini.
In 1838, Chopin was already very illwith tuberculosis, and had to giveprivate classes and perform in publicto support himself, having little timefor what he really wanted to do,compose for the piano. His friendEugène Delacroix painted thisportrait.
In 1836, at a party hosted by CountessMarie dAgoult, fiancee of composerFranz Liszt, Chopin met BaronessDudevant, better known by herpseudonym George Sand, the writer. Franz Lizst
Baroness Dudevant fell in love withChopin, and wanted to take care ofhim, so that his health wouldimprove. They spent long summersin her country estate, “Nohant.”Frequent visitors were Franz Lizst,and Eugène Delacroix.
Chopin spent 1838 to 1847in Nohant, where his healthimproved considerably.
In 1845, problems emerged in Chopinsrelationship with Baroness Dudevant and at thesame time there was further deterioration in hishealth. These problems finally brought an end totheir relationship in 1847.
In his new apartment, Chopin composed on his last Piano.
In 1847, Chopin gave concerts in England and Scotland with Jane Stirling even though he was severely ill. He returned to Paris in 1848, but was unable to teach or perform. His sister Ludwika came from Poland to care for him. he died in his home on October 17, 1848.Shortly before his death.
Chopin being cared for by his sister, his doctor, and closest friends.
Nearly 3,000 people attended Chopin’s funeral at The Church Of The Madeleine in Paris. By his request, Mozarts Requiem was sung at his funeral.Cast of Chopin’s hand.
Chopin is buried in the PèreLachaise cemetery in Paris. Becausehe had a fear of being buried alive,his heart was removed and sent inan urn to Warsaw, where it issealed in a pillar in the Church ofthe Holy Cross. His grave attractsmany visitors and is alwaysdecorated with flowers.
This is the pillar in the Church ofthe Holy Cross in Warsaw wherethe urn with Chopin’s heart isburied.