Sunday, November 18, 2007



Composer Corner

Frede
ric Chopin (1810-1849)





Introducing this

term's

NEW composer!!!






Biography from Classics for Kids

Frédéric Chopin was one of the greatest pianists of his day. Chopin was born in a town just outside of Warsaw, Poland. His mother introduced him to the piano; by the time he was six, Chopin played extremely well and was starting to compose. He gave his first concert at the age of eight.

When Chopin was 20, he left Poland to seek fame and fortune in other European cities. When Chopin got to Paris, he decided to stay.

There's a story that when Chopin left his native country, his friends gave him some Polish soil, which he carried around with him for the rest of his life. That's probably not true, but Chopin did continue to be passionatly patriotic about Poland, even though he never went back there.

Chopin was never healthy, and he was only thirty-nine when he died of tuberculosis. When he was buried -- in France -- a special box of earth was brought from Poland to sprinkle on his grave. But Chopin's heart is in Poland -- literally. His heart was put in an urn and taken to the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.



STUDY RESOURCES:

"The Best of Chopin" Compact Disc

The Story of Chopin In Words and Music
(Vox Music Masters)

Frederic Chopin by Mike Venezia

Project Gutenberg's The World's Greatest Men
of Music by Harriet Brower
Chapter 12 - "Frederic Chopin"

Antiques Digest's Masters of Music:
Frederic Chopin

Stories of the Great Composers Unit 6: "Chopin"

Classics For Kids Website

Free Chopin Sheet Music












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3 comments:

Brittney said...

Thanks so much for including the beautiful music as I read your blog. What a great addition to your composer post. I enjoy reading the things you share here.
Happy Homeschooling!
Brittney

Rhonda said...

Great resources! Thank you.

I am having a problem viewing the biography. The right hand side of the text is cut off. I can figure out what it says (only missing a word or so on each line), but I thought you might want to know. I am using Safari and Firefox. There also seems to be something missing above the title "Composer Corner".

There are no problems viewing the resources or music playlist. Thank you for putting this together!

Rhonda

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Lovely post. I am going to link to it if you don't mind. :)

Thanks for the information and music of Chopin.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom