CHOPIN 2010
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    A Calendar of Events letting you know what, where and when is happening throughout the Chopin Year:

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    A wealth of information about Fryderyk Chopin’s life and work:  

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

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

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    • artProjects: mobile artistic projects
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  January  
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Father to Matuszyński
Mikołaj Chopin writes a letter to Jan Matuszyński: "I am tremendously grateful, my beloved, for the feelings you keep for us and for the trouble you undertake to write to us about our beloved Fryderyk. […] I am very grateful that you made him wear shoes more appropriate for this season of the year, than the ones he used to wear. I would also desire that you could make him go less frequently to parties late at night; going to bed at 2 am. is good for machines, but not for those whose mind is working and who are thinking. I understand that Fryderyk has friends who cannot be neglected, but make him go out less frequently. I am very happy that he has a fireplace which makes his apartment warmer, because it is very uncomfortable to work with cold fingers. […]"

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"Przyjaciel Ludu"
In the newspaper in Leszno "Przyjaciel Ludu" from 9, 16 and 23 January, 1836, Antoni Woykowski publishes his essay about Chopin; he calls him "a creator of Romantic school in music" and a "Shakespeare, Byron, Mickiewicz of pianists"; he underlines "not caring for the ovation of the crowd […] he has reached the highest level of perfection".

Ludwika Jędrzejewiczowa wrote to her brother
January 9, 1841. Ludwika Jędrzejewiczowa wrote a letter to her brother: Dearest Frycek, may the New Year prove even happier than any of the past years you hold dear, may we all live it in good health; and in the next year, according to a promise I was given, and which hitherto has been merely an illusion, may we be able to give you our love in person. […]
The Carnival has started, still we do not seem to be aware of it yet. And you, how do you intend to spend it this year? Rather calmly, or are you resolved to socialise more often? I could not contain my astonishment at your intention to stay at home at the time of all the Paris attractions; I had a sense of the reason, yet it seemed highly unlikely to me that you should be able to keep to the confines of your apartment. Yesterday al. evening I was with you with my whole soul." And she adds on the news: "Fancy that Józio [Skrabek] is getting married to Marynia [Wodzińska], Marysia is becoming Józio’s wife and we are definitely going to have a wedding in May. Everybody is amazed at this alliance […] God bless them and forget!"

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The Carnival has started, still we do not seem to be aware of it yet. And you, how do you intend to spend it this year? Rather calmly, or are you resolved to socialise more often? I could not contain my astonishment at your intention to stay at home at the time of all the Paris attractions; I had a sense of the reason, yet it seemed highly unlikely to me that you should be able to keep to the confines of your apartment. Yesterday al. evening I was with you with my whole soul." And she adds on the news: "Fancy that Józio [Skrabek] is getting married to Marynia [Wodzińska], Marysia is becoming Józio’s wife and we are definitely going to have a wedding in May. Everybody is amazed at this alliance […] God bless them and forget!"