This website is dedicated to the lasting memory of Julian Fontana, pianist,
composer, and author but foremost a loyal and dedicated friend of Frederick
Chopin in whose shadow he lived for many years. As a close associate
of the great Chopin, Fontana often critiqued, copied, edited and performed
Chopin's music. Additionally he took care of many publishing details,
managed accounts, arranged concerts, and attended to many of the necessities
of life that the sickly master was unable to do for himself. Fontana's
major accomplishment was, with the blessing of the Chopin family, the
posthumous publication of many of Chopin's previously unpublished manuscripts.
These appear as opus numbers 66 through 73 (23 individual compositions)
in 1855 plus seventeen songs published as opus 74 in 1859.
Last Updates October 2, 2007