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    By effectually expressing a wide range of emotions through a wealth of personal, poetic melodies, Frédéric Chopin managed to embody the Romantic spirit in his music to the highest order. Perhaps even more extraordinarily, he carved out his place in the history of musical greats by composing primarily for one instrument – the piano.

    Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in Poland to a French father and a Polish mother. Although he was recognised as a child prodigy from an early age, he never enjoyed performing and gave not more than thirty concerts throughout his life. These few performances were enough to solidify his reputation as a formidable piano virtuoso, one only second to his reputation as a composer and teacher. Chopin enjoyed great success with his compositions being hailed as the essential works of that period and after moving to Paris, he experienced a comfortable lifestyle just by teaching and publishing his works.

    Chopin revolutionised the way the that music written for the piano was conceptualised. By using his own unique fingerings that did not conform to the academic study of piano technique of that time and drawing intimate poeticism from an essentially percussive instrument, he expanded the capabilities of the piano. His music also exemplified the Nationalistic movement of the Romantic period. Although Chopin found his success in Paris, he remained fiercely proud of his Polish roots and the melodies and rhythms of Polish folk songs would always colour his compositions.

    Unfortunately, Chopin’s health would plague him throughout his entire life and he would eventually succumb to tuberculosis, but not before bestowing upon the world the musical revelation that are his works.

    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim is the music director and principal conductor of the klpac String Orchestra. A seasoned orchestral violinist, she has led and played solo with numerous orchestras and plays regularly with various chamber groups. Andrea graduated with first class honours on a full scholarship from UCSI University’s Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) degree.
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