The Norfolk Chamber Consort concludes its 44th season with "Great Poles," a program featuring music by three great Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutoslawski. April 15th, 2013 @7:30pm, Chandler Recital Hall in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, Old Dominion University Elkhorn Avenue and 49th Street Norfolk, VA 23529
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of French-Polish parentage. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music. From 1837 to 1847 he carried on a relationship with the French writer Amantine Dupin (a.k.a. George Sand). For most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris at age 39. Photo by Blisson, 1849.
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) has long been recognized as one of the most significant and individual composers of the Romantic age. The bulk of his reputation rests on small-scale works that in other hands would have been mere salon trifles: waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, mazurkas, and polonaises (the last-named two groups reflecting his fervent Polish nationalism). These works link poetically expressive melody and restless harmony to high technical demands.