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Frédéric François Chopin

Chopin, Frédéric François (1810–49), Polish composer and pianist. In 1831 he moved from Poland to Paris. His chief works are for the piano and include piano concertos in E minor (1833) and F minor (1836), 24 preludes (1838–39), and many waltzes, mazurkas, and polonaises that were inspired by his Polish nationalism. In 1837 he began his friendship with the novelist George Sand. Their relationship ended unhappily in 1847. Chopin died 2 years later of tuberculosis.

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