Nowadays, we all know who was Chopin’s and admire his music, but a big question arises all the time: how would Chopin play his own compositions? We need to remember that Chopin’s performance abilities and fame in that area cam from no more than 30 concerts for the public. It is of course known that Chopin gave a lot of matinee’s to the rich people, thus gaining legendary status with the most influencing circle of art in those days.
When Chopin was still in Warsaw, he was looked upon as the next Mozart, because he was a savant boy who was recognized at a young age. Even than Chopin’s concerts were tuned for more aristocratic and rich people. In these days, a genius kid in music was one of the world’s wonders. Chopin’s first time in playing outside of Poland was when he visited Vienna, there he got rave reviews, even though he got criticized for the soft manner of his playing (the people there were used to pounding on the piano, and didn’t know yet how to eat the musical colors which Chopin’s produced to then).
When Chopin left Poland, his goal was to establish himself as a virtuoso pianist from the first rank, and he started planning a tour in Europe, but came the November uprising, which was crushed, and it also crushed Chopin’s and a big part of his emotional power because of this.
It was in this time that Chopin’s came to France and stayed there, for the latter part of his life. He gave some concerts in the beginning of his France visit, but later he realized that he couldn’t manage the emotional stress of the big crowds, and he preferred to play in the riches salon’s and and occasional big concert.
Most of Chopin’s fame is based upon these performances, but every concert Chopin played in, he’s genius was appreciated, and because of his great music and the expansion of piano literature attributed to him, he got a bit of a mystical look in the eyes of the public in those days, and of course his health made him always weak and mysterious. We have to remember that in those days there were two prominent pianist which were trying to prove who was the best, i am of course talking about Liszt and Thalberg, but most of the scholars and historians agree that Chopin, was the third most accomplished piano in the world, and the first if we look at the fusion of emotion and technique.