Sit back, relax and enjoy the show - What beautiful music, what an incredible amount of time spent learning to play this music. Enjoy the beauty! I apologize that I do not know the title of the work being played - if anyone knows, please share the knowledge!
Lived from 1810–1849
Born in Poland, but moved to Paris, France when he was 20.
Earned most of his money from teaching piano and selling compositions.
Chopin's health was poor - he suffered with a lung disease his entire life, which sapped his stamina. When he performed in recitals, Chopin typically chose small salons and performed for an intimate circle of guests rather than renting a concert hall. (Chopin was physically unable to play "with gusto.")
Wrote predominately for piano. Even the works that include orchestra are more like piano solos with accompaniment.
Chopin is noted for writing an extensive collection of "etudes" or studies - technical studies designed to help students master the technical aspect of playing the piano.
Chopin's etudes were unique in his time, in that not only are they technically challenging, but they are also aesthetically pleasing to the ear.
Chopin is also noted for writing nocturnes (night pieces) and for inventing the instrumental ballade (telling a story without vocalist).
Did you know that the famous pianist Franz Liszt was exceedingly popular back in the day? Women often swooned when attending his concerts. At the end of concerts, fans would crowd around him, fighting each other for Liszt's gloves or a handkerchief. Women asked for locks of his hair - So many women asked for Liszt's hair, that he actually obtained a dog and sent off pieces of the dog's fur when asked for yet another lock... Known as "Lisztomania," crowd behavior was a precursor to behavior at Beatles concerts, or perhaps a Justin Bieber concert of today!
Joy B: enriching lives one piano lesson at a time.