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Profile of the Day: Frederic Chopin

On this day in 1810, Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin was born.

Image: Frédéric Chopin / Library of Congress

Frédéric François Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola in what was then the Duchy of Warsaw, a Polish state established by Napoleon I. Although his baptism record states his birthday as February 22, 1810, Chopin and his family used the birthdate March 1, which today is generally accepted as the correct date.

A child prodigy, Chopin was playing the piano and composing his own music by the age of 6. At the age of 21, Chopin moved to Paris, France. Despite his increasing popularity, Chopin was not fond of large concert performances and instead preferred the more intimate atmosphere of salons in Paris.

Towards the end of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died on October 17, 1849 at the age of 39. A highly influential figure for composers who came after him, today Chopin is remembered as one of Poland’s greatest composers in history.

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