Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) only lived to be 39-years-old, but his music endures some two centuries later.
The Polish composer is a particular passion of Musopen, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to developing and maintaining a free online library of classical works.
Since Chopin's work is currently in the public domain, Musopen endeavors to record and preserve everything he wrote for free consumption. The music will be performed by a growing list of national players, including music professors from the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati and alumni from the Juilliard School.
The support for this mission has been overwhelming, which should be heartwarming for anyone who thinks there is no appreciation for music history. Musopen recently raised over $92,000 for the Chopin Project via crowdsourcing donations on Kickstarter. The financial goal was just $75,000.