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
    • Reports
    • Interviews
    • Kordegarda CHOPIN 2010
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  • Information Resource

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

    • Quizzes and interesting facts
    • Recommended recordings and publications
    • Educational resources  
    • Image bank  
    • Presentation of places connected Chopin  
    • Links to competent sources
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  • CHOPIN For Kids

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

    • Interactive games and activities for the youngest ones
    • Tips and guidelines for parents
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  • Inter:Act

    Engaging social networking initiatives revolving around the Chopin Year.

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  • TV Programme

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

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  • Chopin 2010
    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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    Registering at the portal chopin2010.pl brings you the possibility to:

    • Log on to all six Chopin websites
    • Submit and then update events held as part of the Chopin Year
    • Create a personalised  list of events and print it out in a handy form  
    • Subscribe to a newsletter and take part in competitions with attractive prizes to win
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Barcelona

Barcelona was the second port of call on Chopin’s journey with George Sand and her children to Majorca in 1838. The travellers reached Barcelona from Perpignan on 2 November and put up at the Cuatro Naciones inn at 35 La Rambla (now 40). Over those five days spent in the Catalonian capital, they visited St Eulalia’s Cathedral and the surrounding district, the Barrio Gotico (the gothic district of the old town), and also the ruins of the House of the Inquisition. They spent at least one evening at the Teatro Principal. On 7 November, they boarded the El Mallorquin and sailed for Majorca.

 

Unfortunately, the second stay in Barcelona, on the way back from Majorca, had an entirely different character to the first. Chopin reached Barcelona on 14 February 1839 after a dramatic sea journey on board the El Mallorquin. ‘George Sand to François Rollinat: “After arriving in Palma [from Valldemosa], Chopin began to spit blood terribly; the next day we boarded the only steamboat running from the island, which transports pigs to Barcelona. […] The endless squealing and hideous stench prevented the patient from resting or drawing fresh air. He sailed into Barcelona having spat out a bowl-full of blood and reeling like a ghost.” One week’s stay in Barcelona, under the care of Doctor Jacques Hubert Coste’ [Tomaszewski, Chopin…].

 

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