This week’s activity takes a look at Frédéric Chopin and his First Piano Concerto. Born in Poland in March of 1810, Chopin grew up in an artistic family. Frédéric composed his first piece at the age of seven, and had his first public performance at 8 years old! Piano Concerto No. 1 was written in 1830 and performed at 20-year-old Chopin’s farewell performance in Warsaw. Despite what the title implies, Piano Concerto No. 1 was actually written after Piano Concerto No. 2. Since the two concertos were written within a year of each other, his second concerto was published first, and therefore known officially as Piano Concerto No. 1!
As You Listen...
- What instruments do you hear? Can you guess what instrument Chopin played?
- What scene do you picture when you listen to the piece?
Did you know? Chopin was very shy, and would perform in the dark by extinguishing all the candles in the room. He only gave 30 public performances in his lifetime, which was fairly short considering he only lived to the age of 39. Regardless, he created many Romantic, sensitive pieces, mostly for piano, that clearly displayed his love for his instrument and music.
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