Frédéric Chopin

Piano virtuoso who normalized the use of dissonance, introduced innovative techniques, and inspired Alicia Keys

Frédéric Chopin

The entire works of Chopin present a motley surface of ranting hyperbole and excruciating cacophany.

Musical World, 1841

M. Chopin increasingly effects the crudest modulations. Cunning must be the connoiseur, indeed, who, while listening to his music, can form the slightest idea when wrong notes are played …

—H.F. Chorley, 1845, 1841