He had suffered from that disease for the last 11 years of his life. His fame spread with concerts in Vienna in After he moved to Paris in , his fame grew as a piano teacher and a composer. Chopin himself attended the lyceum from to All the family had artistic leanings, and even in infancy Chopin was always strangely moved when listening to his mother or eldest sister playing the piano. By age six he was already trying to reproduce what he heard or to make up new tunes. The following year he started piano lessons with the year-old Wojciech Zywny, an all-around musician with an astute sense of values. Three years later he performed in the presence of the Russian tsar Alexander I , who was in Warsaw to open Parliament. Playing was not alone responsible for his growing reputation as a child prodigy.
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Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of French-Polish parentage. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music. Life and Music Frederic Chopin was born in Poland, west of Warsaw, on either February 22nd or March 1st - local records differ with when Chopin's parents claimed he was born. Chopin was composing and writing poetry at six, and gave his first public concerto performance at the age of eight. In Chopin came under the personal supervision of Jozef Elsner, the founder-director of the Warsaw Conservatory. He became a leading advocate of 'absolute music', producing some of the earliest Romantic pieces and arguably the finest body of solo music for the piano. Chopin dedicated his second piano concerto to Delfina Potocka, with whom he hit the headlines during the s when a sensational series of highly erotic forged love letters were discovered. In Chopin met the novelist George Sand alias Aurore Dudevant , and so began one of the most famous love affairs in the history of music. The pair split up in
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A secret congregation of politicians, religious officials and scientists gathered near midnight on April 14, , in the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw to exhume the heart of Chopin. No press was invited and word of the event did not filter out until five months later. But they examined and photographed the enlarged organ inside, which had been pickled, probably in cognac. Later, experts would say a whitish film coating the heart pointed to a death from tuberculosis with complications from pericarditis. A lifelong agnostic, he — or at least his heart — is venerated like a relic in Poland.