Chopin left his Polish homeland behind when he was only 20. He wrote more than 200 works for piano during a life cut tragically short by tuberculosis. His heart was returned to his beloved Poland, where he remains a national hero.

  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane
  • Series: Masters of Music
  • Year Published: 2004
  • Age Level: 8-13
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Combines biography, musical knowledge, events and other people of the times in text which appeals to average readers in middle school, but is useful for high school students as well. Opening with a discussion of Adrien Brody’s portrayal of “The Pianist” in a Nazi era Poland where the pianist of the title played Chopin’s music, the text leads readers through Chopin’s peripatetic and short life (he died at 39). The times are illuminated with vignettes. (Children’s Literature – Susan Hepler, Ph.D.)