Fryderyk Chopin – the poet of piano

The statue of Frederic Chopin sitting underneath the willow tree in Łazienki Park in Warsaw is a good reason to remind ourselves of the work of the Polish piano virtuoso. Chopin was born in 1810 in Żelazowa Wola and to these days is one of the greatest romantic composers in the world and also one of the best polish composers in history. Named by the people “the poet of piano”, he was one of the best-known piano players of the 19th century. Depth of expression and patterns of polish folk music are characteristic for the master of the piano, who has spent his years of composing in Paris. He also often used mazurek rhythms (used in dances like: the Mazurka, the Kujawiak, and the Oberek) and melodic patterns from polish folk songs. 

Since 1927, to commemorate the work of the Polish composer, every 5 years The International Chopin Piano Competition has taken place in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. It is one of the oldest and the most prestigious music competitions in the world, the best piano players from all over the world participate.

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