CHOPIN 2010
  • Chopin Year Celebrations

    A Calendar of Events letting you know what, where and when is happening throughout the Chopin Year:

    • Events: concerts, exhibitions, shows and many others
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    A wealth of information about Fryderyk Chopin’s life and work:  

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  • CHOPIN For Kids

    An inspiring guide helping children to enter the exciting word of Fryderyk Chopin’s music:

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    Engaging social networking initiatives revolving around the Chopin Year.

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    An archive of past episodes of the Chopin2010.pl show broadcast on TVP1 plus.

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    Celebrations Office

    A platform for exchanging information between institutions, journalists and organisers of jubilee events. Brings you official information about:

    • Past, present and planned activities of the Office
    • artProjects: mobile artistic projects
    • Chopin-themed tours
    • Chopin 2010 Press Office

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Edinburgh and nothing composed
Edinburgh. Chopin writes to Auguste Franchomme: "A few days ago I left London. It took me 12 hours to reach Edinburgh (407 English miles). Having rested a day in Edinb., I arrived to Calder House 12 English miles away from Edinb., a castle belonging to Lord Torphichen, Mrs Erskine’s brother-in-law, where I intend to stay until the end of the month and have a rest after my excellent London deeds. I had given two music matinees, which, I’m told, the audience liked but which nevertheless bored me. I don’t know, however, how it would have been possible for me to spent 3 months in the expensive London, keeping a big apartment, which was absolutely necessary, a carriage and a servant without them. My health is not that bad but I’m growing weaker and the climate is still not doing me good. […] It is my great wish to be given a life-long salary for not having composed anything, not even melodies à la Osborne or Sowiński (both are good friends of mine — one of them Irish, the other one my coutryman who makes me feel prouder than the repulsive representative of Antoni Kątski, a Frenchman from the North, a beast of the South). Having made those remarks in parenthesis I have to confess that I don’t know what I will do with myself in the autumn; in any case, do not hold a grudge against me if you do not hear from me because I often think about writing to you. […] The local park is very beautiful, the owner of the castle is a charming man — I feel as good as I might possibly do. — Musical ideas are out of the question — I’m completely off the track — I feel like, say, a donkey on a fancy dress ball or an E violin string on the basolia — stunned, confused, bewildered […] I’m (materially) absolutely comfortable here and listen to the lovely Scottish songs — I would love to be able to compose something, only if to please the kind ladies, Mrs Erskine and Miss Stirling. In my room I have a Broadwood piano, Miss Stirling’s Pleyel is in the drawing room — I’m not short of pens or paper." In the post scriptum he adds: "The local folk are ugly, yet they seem kind-spirited. In turn the cattle is beautiful, though it seems malicious; perfect milk, butter, eggs, and consequently — cheeses and chickens as well."
  • Calder-House – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Edinburgh – KALEIDOSCOPE

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