On this day in 1810, composer Frederic Chopin was born in Zelazowa Wola, a small village in Warsaw, Poland. A renowned child prodigy, he would go on to be recognized as one of the world’s greatest romantic composers. At the age of 20, Chopin gave only some 30 live performances in the remaining 19 years he had left on this earth, giving his final performance in February 1848 in Paris, France. He ended up supporting himself by selling his compositions, as well asby teaching piano lessons.
Chopin sadly succumbed to tuberculosis on October 17, 1849 at just past midnight.