This rose is named after Polish-French composer Frederic Chopin. It is a strong growing crossed bred hybrid tea rose. The blooms have mild fragrance and grow in small clusters of 3 – 5.
Frederic Francois Chopin (1810-1849), died at a young of age 39, probably of tuberculosis. His music are widely loved all over the globe. He was a leading musician of his era who wrote primarily for solo piano
Chopin left Poland when he was 20 and settled in Paris at age 21. When Chopin arrived in Paris, he has encountered with artists and other distinguished figures and found many opportunities to exercise his talents and achieve celebrity. Among them were Robert Schumann who declared “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius”. And critic Francois-Joseph Fetis wrote “Here is a young man who…taking no model, has found, if not a complete renewal of piano music…an abundance of original ideas of a kind to be found nowhere else…”
Thereafter, in his last 18 years of his life, though he gave public performances but preferred the more intimate atmosphere of the salon and his apartment as he realized that his essentially intimate keyboard technique was not optimal for large concert spaces. Chopin said to a pupil that “concerts are never real music, you have to give up the idea of hearing in them all the most beautiful things of art.”
Chopin refused to conform to a standard method of playing and believed that there was no set technique for playing well. His style was based extensively on his use of very independent finger technique, he wrote: “Everything is a matter of knowing good fingering … we need no less to use the rest of the hand, the wrist, the forearm and the upper arm.” He further stated: “One needs only to study a certain position of the hand in relation to the keys to obtain with ease the most beautiful quality of sound, to know how to play short notes and long notes, and [to attain] unlimited dexterity.”
Berlioz wrote in 1853 that Chopin “has created a kind of chromatic embroidery … whose effect is so strange and piquant as to be impossible to describe … virtually nobody but Chopin himself can play this music and give it this unusual turn”. Hiller wrote that “What in the hands of others was elegant embellishment, in his hands became a colourful wreath of flowers.”
Both Maria Wodzinska and Eugene Delacroix had painted a portrait for Chopin. Delacroix gave an account of staying at Nohant with Chopin in a letter of 7 June 1842: “The hosts could not be more pleasant in entertaining me. When we are not all together at dinner, lunch, playing billiards, or walking, each of us stays in his room, reading or lounging around on a couch. Sometimes, through the window which opens on the garden, a gust of music wafts up from Chopin at work. All this mingles with the songs of nightingales and the fragrance of roses”.
From 1842 onwards, Chopin showed signs of serious illness. After a solo recital in Paris on 21 February 1842, he wrote to Grzymała: “I have to lie in bed all day long, my mouth and tonsils are aching so much.” Late in 1844, Charles Hallé visited Chopin and found him “hardly able to move, bent like a half-opened penknife and evidently in great pain”, although his spirits returned when he started to play the piano for his visitor. Chopin’s health continued to deteriorate, particularly from this time onwards.
Chopin made his last public appearance on a concert platform at London’s Guildhall on 16 November 1848, when, in a final patriotic gesture, he played for the benefit of Polish refugees. By this time he was very seriously ill, weighing less than 45 kg, and his doctors were aware that his sickness was at a terminal stage.
On 17 October 1849, after midnight, the physician leaned over him and asked whether he was suffering greatly. “No longer”, he replied. He died a few minutes before two o’clock in the morning.
Chopin’s innovations in style, harmony, and musical form, and his association of music with nationalism, were influential throughout and after the late Romantic period. His often tumultuous love-life, and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying historical fidelity.
Extracted from: https://en.wikipedia.org/Chopin