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Last Performance by Chopin

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Even though my greatest love in music is rock and roll I am also fond of other genres like country, the blues, opera, and even classical. I have to be in a certain mood to choose the music I like to listen to and even took an elective course at university in music.

This piece is all about Frederic Chopin who was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic Era. Chopin had to flee his homeland during the political unrest in the 1830s and would spend the rest of his life among the high society in France. Tragedy struck when Chopin got tuberculosis and succumbed to the disease at the young age of 39. He gave his final public performance in Paris on February 16, 1848.

Chopin composed works mostly for solo piano. Among his most notable are his Preludes (Op. 28) and Etudes (Op. 10 and Op. 25). People were entranced when he gave his own virtuoso piano performances. Musical reviews were always in his favor. What is interesting is that Chopin was well aware of his early dying since he arranged to have his heart removed and given to his sister before his burial. This was just his way and he had a way for the dramatic.  When pianists play Chopin they know they will reach the hearts of their audience.

The video I have included is of a pianist playing the very last piece Chopin composed which was dictated from his deathbed. It was played by Dr. David Dubal at a ceremony that rededicated the bust of Frederic Chopin in the Polish Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio.

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  1. Interesting info, I didn’t even know Chopin was Polish, I gave for granted he was French. 😅
    Let alone guessing he died so young and gave his heart to his sister, literally.
    The deathbed piece sounds quite happy, I didn’t expect it that way, it cheered me up. 🙂

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