Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Frederic Chopin, Poland

This card here shows the monument of Frédéric Chopin, in Lazienki Park in Warsaw. I really appreciate this card coz of what it portrays....i may be a total anti-talent for music and i may not really be familiar with all the composer's and their works but i definitely admire them and the classical music as well...i dont listen to it on daily basis...but i sometimes just love to put some classical music on while im working coz it just relaxes me and doenst distract me...sometimes i just want to play it while i lie down and have my eyes closed and try to relax...classical music is a high and unique form of art....often underrated....thats why i so much like this postcard....


Frédéric Chopin (1 March 1810 - 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and pianist from the Romantic period. He is widely regarded as the greatest Polish composer, and ranks as one of music's greatest tone poets. In November 1830, at the age of 20, he went to Paris; following the suppression of the Polish November Uprising he became one of many expatriates of the Polish Great Emigration.
His extant compositions were written primarily for the piano as a solo instrument. Though they are technically demanding his style emphasizes nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented musical forms such as the ballad and was responsible for major innovations in forms such as the: piano sonata, waltz, nocturne, etude, prelude and impromptu.

He had a frail health and died at the age of 39, of chronic pulmonary tuberculosis.

The bronze statue that you see on the card was erected in 1926, and it was designed in 1907 by Waclaw Szymanowski The statue was originally to have been erected in 1910, on the centennial of Chopin's birth, but its execution was delayed by controversy about the design, then by the outbreak of World War I.
During World War II the statue was destroyed by the Germans, on May 31, 1940. It was reconstructed after the war, in 1958. Since 1959, free piano recitals of Chopin's compositions have been performed at the statue's base on summer Sunday afternoons. The stylized willow over Chopin's seated figure echoes a pianist's hand and fingers.

And here is some of Chopin's work....recommended to be listened in a relaxed atmosphere with no distractions :)

Nocturne





Prelude in C minor




Funeral March



Prelude in E-minor


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