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Chopin, Frédéric François 1810–1849
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Chopin was a composer for the piano born near Warsaw, of French and Polish parentage. His lyrical, often melancholy, compositions brought romantic piano music to unprecedented expressive heights .
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A prodigy as a pianist and composer, he began performing at aristocratic salons in Warsaw, and in 1826 he started full-time studies at the Warsaw Conservatory.
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After concert appearances in Vienna and Munich, he settled in Paris , where he gave his first concert in 1831 . Although he remained devoted to Polish culture and artists , he never returned to his homeland.
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In Paris he became closely associated with the principal composers, artists, and literary figures of his time.
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He was a virtuoso interpreter of his own works, but his dislike of playing in public made him prefer teaching and composing to the concert stage.
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In 1836, Liszt introduced Chopin to Mme Dudevant, better known by her pen name George Sand , with whom he spent the winter of 1838–39 in Majorca; there, despite worsening pulmonary
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