- Born: Zelazowa Wola (Poland), 1 March 1810
- Died: Paris, 17 October 1849
A composer famed for his ability at the piano, who in turn wrote
the vast majority of his music for that instrument. Many of his
pieces are quite short (being Rondos, Mazurkas and the like) but
they are all beautiful. Not being a piano player myself, it is
difficult to appreciate their comparative difficulty, but I am
assured that most of Chopin's music is very difficult to play.
Played well, it doesn't sound it.
Though born in Poland, Chopin spent the last half of his
life in Paris, arriving there in 1831. In Paris, he came
to know the novelist George Sand, and was her lover for a