Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and
virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for
solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading
musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a
professional technique that was without equal in his generation."
All in his family had artistic leanings, and even in infancy
Chopin was always strangely moved when listening to his
mother or eldest sister playing the piano. By age six he was
already trying to reproduce what he heard or to make up new
tunes. The following year he started piano lessons with the
61-year-old Wojciech Zywny, an all-around musician with an astute sense of values. Zywny’s simple instruction in piano playing was soon left behind by his pupil, who discovered for himself an original approach to the piano and was allowed to develop unhindered by academic rules and formal discipline.
Chopin found himself invited at an early age to play at private soirées, and at eight he made his first public appearance at a charity concert. Three years later he performed in the presence of the Russian tsar Alexander I, who was in Warsaw to open Parliament
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
- Frédéric Chopin
If we were supposed to talk all the damn time, the great God above would have given us two mouths and one ear.
- John Dingell, on twitter at 7:36 PM - Jun 19, 2018, was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from December 13, 1955, until January 3, 2015. He past away on February 7, 2019, at 92, Dearborn, Michigan, United States.
We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.
- Virginia Satir, was an American author and therapist, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her pioneering work in the field of family reconstruction therapy.
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
- Winston Churchill
Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.
- Wally Amos
From the Motown records I wore out on the south side to the "who run the world" songs that fuelled me through this last decade -- music has always helped me tell my story.
And I know that's true for everybody here. Whether we like country, or rap, or rock, music helps us share ourselves -- our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another . . . to invite each other in.
Music shows us that all of it matters. Every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right ladies?
- Michelle Obama, she surprised the audience with her appearance at the 61st Annual Grammys at Staples Center, LA, California, February 10, 2019. (she was with Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Gaga and Alicia Keys.) The Grammys kicked off with a group of powerful women describing the role of music in their lives a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.
You've got to have a good spirit on the inside. That's what's really going to make you look like you're ready to rock the world.
- Alicia Keys, born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in New York, US
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Unlike writers or painters, we don't sit down in front of a blank canvas and say, 'How do I start? Where do I start?' We're given the springboard of the text, a plane ticket, told to report to Alabama, and there's a group of people all ready to make a film and it's a marvelous life.
- Albert Finney, interview with Paul Fischer at Dark Horizons (December 2, 2003). / Note: Died: February 7, 2019, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, United Kingdom
I don’t work on my sentences deliberately. They come naturally in a way that plot really doesn’t. Plot is the really difficult bit for me, and a crime novel is all about plot. I think that’s why I chose crime: so I would be forced to focus on plot. The cadence of the sentences and of the descriptive passages comes much more easily to me. I love writing descriptively. I love when I can use descriptive and poetic writing to create tension and atmosphere. If I focus on creating tension, the words seem to come very easily. That’s where plot and prose combine. And I should say that I absolutely love poetry, and if anyone were ever to ask me how to write well, I would say, “You only have to read well.” I was a very committed reader from an early age. I read and read and read, and I found enormous reward from reading. If I’m a good prose writer, it’s because I’ve read as much good prose as I could possibly fit into a lifetime.
- Christobel Kent, is among the English language’s finest crime writers--and finest writers. In poetic, nuanced prose, she constructs powerful stories about misogyny and violence. Interview