Chopin composed his four ballades during his mature stage after he left his homeland Poland. This is misleading since Chopin was never interested in music with titles, programs, or characters in the true sense like Schumann. Though Chopin was somewhat inspired by the stories of his native Poland and particularly the poems of Adam Mickiewicz, he wanted listeners to follow their own narration through his music. It is not necessary to know the poem or content to interpret these abstract works.
The parish baptismal record gives his birthday as 22 Februaryand cites his given names in the Latin form Fridericus Franciscus  in Polish, he was Fryderyk Franciszek. Fryderyk lived with his family in the Palace grounds. The father played the flute and violin;  the mother played the piano and gave lessons to boys in the boarding house that the Chopins kept.
By the age of seven Fryderyk had begun giving public concerts, and in he composed two polonaisesin G minor and B-flat major. Fryderyk and his family moved to a building, which still survives, adjacent to the Kazimierz Palace.
During this period, Fryderyk was sometimes invited to the Belweder Palace as playmate to the son Chopin man and music the ruler of Russian PolandGrand Duke Constantine ; he played the piano for the Duke and composed a march for him. Julian Ursyn Niemcewiczin his dramatic eclogue"Nasze Przebiegi" "Our Discourses",attested to "little Chopin's" popularity.
He was engaged by the inventors of a mechanical organ, the "eolomelodicon", and on this instrument in May he performed his own improvisation and part of a concerto by Moscheles. The success of this concert led to an invitation to give a similar recital on the instrument before Tsar Alexander Iwho was visiting Warsaw; the Tsar presented him with a diamond ring.
At a subsequent eolomelodicon concert on 10 JuneChopin performed his Rondo Op. This was the first of his works to be commercially published and earned him his first mention in the foreign press, when the Leipzig Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung praised his "wealth of musical ideas". Here for the first time he encountered Polish rural folk music.
In letters to Woyciechowski, he indicated which of his works, and even which of their passages, were influenced by his fascination with her; his letter of 15 May revealed that the slow movement Larghetto of his Piano Concerto No.
For the prince and his pianist daughter Wanda, he composed his Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major for cello and pianoOp.
He gave two piano concerts and received many favourable reviews—in addition to some commenting in Chopin's own words that he was "too delicate for those accustomed to the piano-bashing of local artists".
Later that month, in Warsaw, the November Uprising broke out, and Woyciechowski returned to Poland to enlist. Chopin, now alone in Vienna, was nostalgic for his homeland, and wrote to a friend, "I curse the moment of my departure.
You are there, and yet you do not take vengeance! However, violent unrest triggered by the Carbonari made that a dangerous destination by the middle of Chopin's next choice was Paris, but the Russian embassy in Vienna refused to authorize his passport for travel to France.
Finally, after numerous delays, he received permission to stop in Paris en route to London. Chopin neglected to complete the second leg of this journey, instead settling permanently in Paris.The Chopin companion; profiles of the man and the musician.
by: Walker, Alan, Published: (). Modest man!
What charm was in his playing an army of auditors have told us. Heine called Thalberg a king, Liszt a prophet, Chopin a poet, Herz an advocate, Kalkbrenner a minstrel, Madame Pleyel a Sibyl and Doehler — a pianist.2/5(1).
Chopin's life was covered in a BBC documentary Chopin – The Women Behind The Music (), in a documentary by András Schiff and Mischa Scorer, and in a documentary realised by Angelo Bozzolini and Roberto Prosseda for Italian television.
Chopin went from Poland to France -- from Warsaw to Paris -- where, finally, he was borne to his grave in Pére la Chaise.
He lived, loved and died; and not for him were the perils, prizes and fascinations of a . great Chopin interpreters Although most pianists have Chopin's music in their repertoire, many critics consider the following pianists the great interpreters of Chopin's music .
Chopin: The Man and His Music reflects the intimate, th His writing style is remarkable — unrestrained, informal, full of brilliant insight — and this style plus Huneker's wide knowledge of art and literature as well as music has kept his literacy work alive/5(97).