Chopin, one of the greatest composers on piano,DISCUSS

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    1 十年 前
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    Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (in French, Frédéric François Chopin), (March 1, 1810 – October 17, 1849) was a Polish pianist and composer of the Romantic era. He is widely regarded as one of the most famous, influential, admired and prolific composers for the piano.

    He was born in the village of Żelazowa Wola, Poland, to a Polish mother and French expatriate father. Hailed as a child prodigy in his homeland, Chopin left for Paris at the age of 20. In Paris, he made a career as a performer and teacher as well as a composer, and adopted the French variant of his name, "Frédéric-François". He had a turbulent 10-year relationship with the French writer George Sand (Baroness Dudevant) from 1837 to 1847. Always in fragile health, he succumbed to pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 39.

    All of Chopin's work includes the piano in some role (predominantly as a solo instrument) and his compositions are widely considered to be among the pinnacles of the piano's repertoire. Although his music is among the most technically demanding for the instrument, Chopin's style emphasizes poetry, nuance, and expressive depth rather than mere technical display. He invented some musical forms, but his most significant innovations were within existing structures such as the piano sonata, waltz, nocturne, étude, prelude, ballade and polonaise. His works are often cited as among the mainstays of Romanticism in nineteenth-century classical music.

    In looking through the list of his compositions, teeming with mazurkas, valses, polonaises, and other forms of national dance music, one could hardly suppose that here one of the most melancholy natures has revealed itself. This seeming paradox is solved by the type of Chopin's nationality, of which it has justly been said that its very dances are sadness intensified. But notwithstanding this strongly pronounced national type of his compositions, his music is always expressive of his individual feelings and sufferings to a degree rarely met with in the annals of the art. He is indeed the lyrical composer par excellence of the modern school, and the intensity of his expression finds its equal in literature only in the songs of Heinrich Heine, to whom Chopin has been justly compared. A sensation of such bigh-strung passion cannot be prolonged. Hence we see that the shorter forms of music, the étude, the nocturne, besides the national dances already alluded to, are chosen by Chopin in preference. Even when he treats the larger forms of the concerto or the sonata this concentrated, not to say pointed, character of Chopin's style becomes obvious. The more extended dimensions seem to encumber the freedom of his movements. The concerto for pianoforte with accompaniment of the orchestra in E may be instanced. Here the adagio takes the form of a romance, and in the final rondo the rhythm of a Polish dance becomes recognizable while the instrumentation throughout is meagre and wanting in color. Chopin is out of his element, and even the beauty of his melodies and harmonies cannot wholly banish the impression of incongruity. Fortunately he himself knew the limits of his power, and with very few exceptions his works belong to that class of minor compositions of which he was an unrivalled master. Barring a collection of Polish songs, two concertos, and a very small number of concerted pieces of chamber music, almost all his works are written for the pianoforte solo; the symphony, the oratorio, the opera, he never attempted.

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  • 1 十年 前

    Chopin is one of the greatest composers on piano.

    First at all, he had a good technique of writting chords and chord changing, a beautiful harmony and wonderful communications by the notes. His pieces of sonata's structure have thier own style. Chopin wrote many accidental notes in his pieces, it made the pieces sounds funny but normal, most of the other's composers won't be like that at the romantic period, but Chopin tried to creat some new things by his own, so he is very creative in music. Those melodies are smoothly.

    He wrote many pieces in his life and those pieces are very good.

  • 1 十年 前

    He knew the instrument so well and used all kind of sonority to create different kinds of mood. He made the pieces like a poem with various expressions and used very difficult technics of playing to enhance the more profound feelings.

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