Chopin is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers and virtuoso pianists who was at the head of the Romantic movement that revolutionized music in the nineteenth century.
Ball in Hotel Lambert in Paris
by Teofil Kwiatkowski
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Chopin, according to Arthur Hedley "had the rare gift of a very personal melody, expressive of heart-felt emotion, and his music is penetrated by a poetic feeling that has an almost universal appeal.... Present-day evaluation places him among the immortals of music by reason of his insight into the secret places of the heart and because of his awareness of the magical new sonorities to be drawn from the piano"
His admirers read like a list of the most notable minds and souls of our times, including composers and pianists such as Liszt, Brahms, Paderewski, Schumann and Rubinstein as well as the philosopher Nietzsche.