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Chopin

CHOPIN WAS A FAMOUS POLISH COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN. HE IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERS OF ROMANTIC MUSIC. CHOPIN LED A SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE, MOSTLY AS AN EMIGRÉ IN PARIS. 2010 WAS THE BICENTENNIAL OF CHOPIN’S BIRTH (1810).

The master composer of the 19th century.

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born on 1st March 1810 in the village of Zelazowa-Wola, Poland. Chopin’s musical talent became apparent extremely early on, and he was compared with the childhood genius Mozart. Already at the age of 7, Fryderyk was the author of two polonaises (in G minor and B flat major). And very soon “little Chopin” became a major attraction in aristocratic circles, playing to counts, lords and princes.

In 1830, there was an uprising in Poland against Russian domination. This was the beginning of a Russo-Polish war. Eventually, the uprising collapsed and the Russians captured Warsaw. During the uprising, Chopin was abroad in Vienna. On hearing about the war, Chopin wrote in his diary, "The enemy is in the house… Oh, God, do you exist?” Chopin never returned to Poland.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (193) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 15 useful slang expressions. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 10 expressions for talking about seafood, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Technology – eReaders. • Work – ridiculous requests. • Language – how to speak English. • Culture – festivals. • Travel – Poland. • Legends – Robin Hood. • Hollywood – Russell Croew & Cate Blanchett. • Business – dishonest salespeople. • Crime – cheats. • Cuisine – fish pie. • History – pirates. • Music – Chopin. • Accents – the Polish English accent. • Business skills – how to negotiate. • Current events – modern-day pirates. • Language – situational irony. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!