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Portrait of Chopin by Eugne Delacroix 1838 In this bibliography I will discuss Chopin his life span and nationality and the historical period of his performance I will address his types of major works and titles and discuss his major contributions to music Additionally I will touch upon his early works his dedications and his teachings Frdric Franois Chopin 1810-1849 Polish composer and pianist of the romantic era regarded by some as the greatest of all composers of music for the piano Born Fryderyk Chopin in Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw His father was French and his mother was Polish He preferred to use the French name Frdric He began to study the piano at the age of four and he played at a private concert in Warsaw when he was eight years old Later he studied harmony and counterpoint at the Warsaw Conservatory Chopin was also advanced as a composer His first published composition is dated 1817 He gave his first concerts as a piano virtuoso in 1829 in Vienna where he lived for the next two years After 1831 except for brief absences Chopin lived in Paris where he became noted as a pianist teacher and composer He formed an intimate relationship in 1837 with French writer George Sand In 1838 Chopin began to suffer from tuberculosis and Sand nursed him in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands and in France until continued differences between the two resulted in an estrangement in 1847 Thereafter his musical activity was limited to giving several concerts in 1848 in France Scotland and England The 1830s have been called the decade of
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