Composer of the Month

Frédéric Chopin

(1810-1849)


Our Composer of the Month for the month of March is Frédéric Chopin. Frédéric Chopin was a composer and pianist from the Romantic Era of music. Born with the name Fryderyk in Poland, his father was a French flutist and violinist, and his mother, who gave piano lessons, was Polish. He had one older sister and two younger sisters. Another child prodigy, Chopin was composing and giving public concerts by the age of seven. All of Chopin’s music included the piano. He wrote about two hundred compositions in his life, most of which were written for solo piano. This included preludes, nocturnes, mazurkas, waltzes, and études. He was a very sickly person, who may have suffered from epilepsy throughout his life. He never married, had no children, and died in Paris, France, of illness at the young age of 39, possibly from complications of tuberculosis. People came from all over to attend his funeral.