Who was Chopin?

Find out about Frederic Chopin, his prodigious piano playing talent and the frighteningly young age at which he gave his first concert.

After seeing him play in Vienna, one of the great composers declared, "Hats off gentlemen, a genius!". But which one?

Discover Chopin's nine year purple patch of composition when he penned his own favourites, the Preludes.

Find out about all this, and much more, as Classic FM presenter John Brunning introduces our animated guide to Chopin.

Chopin: Fast and Friendly Guide

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