This new biography is a fascinating account of the period in which Chopin lived, and the way in which the political scene helped shape his music. The important people and places in the composer's life are brought vividly to life by the use of contemporary engraving, paintings and lithographs. The author has made extensive use of contemporary accounts, letters and notebooks, and reproduces little known caricatures drawn by Chopin. This is an ideal book for the music lover who has no specialist knowledge. At the same time it will prove a valuable source of original material for students and professionals looking for fresh insights into Chopin's music. Includes a CD featuring a selection of recordings by the composer.