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Sunday of films about Chopin

Films about Fryderyk Chopin will be shown on Sunday, December 5, 2010, in Kordegarda Chopin 2010. On the programme there are both documentaries from archives and modern feature films. (in Polish)

Programme:

  • 13:00 - "Chopin's Heart" dir. Piotr Szalsza, 1995 (55 minutes)
  • 14.30 - "Color Studies of Chopin" dir. Eugeniusz Cękalski, 1944 (11 minutes)
  • 15.00 - "Chopin in Paris" dir. Stanisław Grabowski, 1969 (10 minutes)
  • 15.15 - "Prelude to Fame" dir. Jadwiga Skawińska, 1994. (23 minutes)
  • 16.00 - "Chopin according to Antczak. An Interview with Jerzy Antczak and Piotr Adamczyk", 2010 (12 minutes)
  • 16.15 - "Chopin. Desire for Love." dir. Jerzy Antczak, (116 minutes)

Films come from Filmoteka Narodowa (Polish National Film Library), archives of Telewizja Polska and by courtesy of the Brize Film. Admission is free of charge.

"Chopin. Desire for Love." dir. Jerzy Antczak, 2002 (116 minutes). The film is about the composer presenting him as a musical genius and a very sensitive person. The key to understanding Chopin's personality is observing his relationship with his closest friends, an attempt to construct a substitute of family with the French writer George Sand and his homesickness.

"Chopin in Paris" dir. Stanisław Grabowski, 1969 (10 minutes). The film focuses on present traces of Chopin's life in Paris, which became his second home after he left Poland in 1830. The film has the commentary of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, famous writer and Chopin's music admirer.

"Chopin according to Antczak. An Interview with Jerzy Antczak and Piotr Adamczyk", 2010 (12 minutes) – interview with the director of the film "Chopin. Desire for Love." and with Piotr Adamczyk interpreting the protagonist role about the realisation of the film. 

"Prelude to Fame" dir. Jadwiga Skawińska, 1994. (23 minutes). The film features Fryderyk Chopin's first steps towards fame. It is dedicated to the Composer's interests in musical instruments: organs and pianos and first concerts on those instruments, concerts which brought fame. The film's plot contains also excerpts from Fryderyk's letters interpreted by Krzysztof Kolberger.

"Chopin's Heart" dir. Piotr Szalsza, 1995 (55 minutes). The film shows the history of Chopin's heart - its journey to Poland and tragic fate during the Warsaw Uprising. The film features excerpts of letters, poetry and compositions by Chopin.

"Color Studies of Chopin" dir. Eugeniusz Cękalski, 1944 (11 minutes) – musical experimental film. One of the first films in Polish cinematography, where visual effects accompany the music, not the other way round. 

Exhibition of TP Chopin phone cards in Kordegarda Chopin 2010

November 16 – December 18, 2010.

Three limited, collector’s series of phone cards dedicated to the most important cultural event of this year, the 200th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth, has been launched. Cards have been designed by the Polish telecommunications company Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) in cooperation with the Chopin 2010 Celebrations Office. The exhibition of these and other unique phone cards is open until December 18 in Kordegarda Chopin 2010.

Cards from two series feature motifs related to Fryderyk Chopin. The third series represents one of music benches playing Chopin’s compositions, located at the Krakowskie Przedmieście Street by the City Hall of the Capital City of Warsaw.

The cards can be purchased in all basic tariffs: 15, 30 and 60 billing increments for PLN 9, 15 and 24 respectively.

Meeting with Jacek Weiss

Jacek Weiss is the author of "Polskie ścieżki Chopina. Praktyczny przewodnik turysty" (eng. "Chopin’s Polish Paths. Practical Tourist Guide"). Kordegarda Chopin 2010 and the VEDA publishing house organized meeting with the author in Kordegarda Chopin 2010. The meeting takes place on the 4th of November 2010 at 18.00.

"Polskie ścieżki Chopina. Praktyczny przewodnik turysty" by Jacek Weiss consists of three routes for walks in Warsaw and a suggestion of Chopin trip in the Mazovia region. Anyone wishing to visit places related to the great pianist and composer in other regions of Poland will find here descriptions of the most important ones. Apart from stories about Chopin and his times, the guide also offers the most important information concerning the history of a given place or building. Moreover, the guide offers practical information about the buildings on the routes and located in them institutions: addresses, phone numbers, internet addresses, indications how to reach the building by foot or by other means of transport, tourist information booklet and bibliography.

Jacek Weiss graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (at present Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw). He attended the piano class of Zbigniew Drzewiecki. For many years he has been a teacher at this University. He has won awards in the Early Music Competition (pl. konkurs Muzyki Dawnej) in Łódź and in the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz. He has performed numerous piano concerts in Poland and abroad. In 1981 he founded and chaired the Independent Self-governing Trade Union Solidarity for the employees of the Academy of Music. During 1997 to 2001 he was the undersecretary of state for Culture. As an active tourist guide for many years he has been specializing in trips dedicated to Fryderyk Chopin.

First presentation of the Internet game IPLAY Chopin

The first presentation of the Internet game iPLAY Chopin takes place in Kordegarda Chopin 2010, on October 26, 2010, at 18.00. iPlay Chopin is the first in the world Facebook, Internet, music game where rock, reggae and hip hop face Fryderyk Chopin's compositions.

iPlay Chopin is an Internet game located on the Facebook website. Every player has his own avatar – young and talented musician. Together with friends he sets up a music band in order to develop his musical skills and with a modern composer makes new arrangements of the most popular Chopin's compositions.

iPlay Chopin is one of the 200 projects which are co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the programme Chopin 2010. Przemek Stański and the Fanaberie company are the initiators of the game. The game was realised by the Krakow's company SoInteractive. Music was arranged by a group of musicians managed by Piotr Siegel.

Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is the partner of the game's preview. 

A MEETING WITH JANUSZ EKIERT AND RECITAL OF LIDIA GRYCHTOŁÓWNA

On the 7th of October, 2010, at 18:00, Janusz Ekiert, will be the guest at Koredegarda Chopin 2010. He is the author of albums: "Fryderyk Chopin. Biografia ilustrowana”, ("Frederic Chopin. Illustrated Bibliography”) and "Chopin wiecznie poszukiwany” ("The endless search for Chopin”) - books on life and work of the composer. Chopin recital by Lidia Grychtołówna, a renowned Polish pianist, will take place before the meeting. 

The meeting is organised by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 and Wydawnictwo MUZA S.A. (Publishing House MUZA S.A.)

Janusz Ekiert is a renowned Polish musicologist, author of numerous feuilletons, essays and coverages, music critiques and radio and television cycles. Part of his work is dedicated to Frederic Chopin: he is the author of among others such books as: "Frederic Chopin. Illustrated Bibliography”, and "The endless search for Chopin”. For many years he wrote regularly for "Express Wieczorny” daily, he also wrote for most important newspapers in Amsterdam, Vienna, Helsinki and Zagreb. He was invited to numerous well-known music festivals and centers in Europe and America; moreover, he was one of the jurors at international music radio and television competitions (Prix Italia). Critiques discussing his books emphasise their literary value, rapid narration, reliability in background research and interesting comments.

The album "Frederic Chopin. Illustrated Bibliography” is a cycle of seventeen essays showing Chopin's situation and several people from his entourage in new light. The composer is presented as a satirist, visionary, staunch patriot. The author presents the outstanding composer as a person of many talents, not only the musical one, a person who could paint beautiful pictures and who could splendidly parody other people. The essays present Chopin as a caricaturist, a dandy, a person of rare sensitivity, but also of unparalleled sense of humour. It is a picture of a person who was popular among not only Warsaw, but also Paris' elites.

"The endless search for Chopin. The history of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competention in Warsaw" is a chronicle of great competition among over thousand performers of Chopin's music – a tale of the winner's joy and the tragety of those who failed. The chronology of the battle for Grand Prix and other prizes is interspersed with thoughts on verdicts, portraits of pianists whose international carreer started at the Competition, as well as famous artists who delivered the verdicts. The history of Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competention in Warsaw emerges from the background and atmosphere of the times – artistic, cultural, political. It is an endless search for truth – search for the one who can best explore the nature of romanticism of this brilliant composer.

A meeting with Adam Zamoyski, author of Chopin: Prince of the Romantics

Come and meet Adam Zamoyski, distinguished historian and author of Chopin: Prince of the Romantics on September 1st, 2010 (6 p.m.) at Kordegarda CHOPIN 2010 in Warsaw.

Chopin: Prince of the Romantics is a new edition of Adam Zmoyski’s biography of Chopin published in 2009 in London, now also available in Polish in Michał Ronikier’s translation under the title Chopin. Książę Romantyków.

The book presents the composer’s life and work in a wide European context of the social and artistic circles of Paris, Vienna, Warsaw and London. The composer emerges as a man of intelligence and good humour, although often haunted by suffering and worry. Zamoyski makes an ample use of historical materials, notes, journals and letters.

The meeting is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 and the publishing house Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy.

 

Kordegarda Chopin 2010, 15/17 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Warsaw. Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

 

Meet Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski, author of the exclusive illustrated book Chopin

Meet Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski, author of the exclusive illustrated book Chopin.

Come and meet the renowned Polish Chopin scholar, Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski, author of the exclusive illustrated book Chopin, on June 23rd at noon in Kordegarda Chopin 2010.

The book is a very special, richly illustrated publication addressed to the admirers of Chopin’s talent and those who would like to learn more about his life and the era he lived in. The author, prominent musicologist and Chopin scholar, Mieczysław Tomaszewski presents the different stages of Chopin’s genus’s development: his childhood and youth, his journeys, his life in Paris, the stay in Mallorca and visits to Nohant. The readers are introduced to Chopin the pianist, composer, man-about-town, a Romantic and a friend of the best artists of his time. A wealth of illustrations, including archive documents and contemporary photographs, enables the reader to travel back to Chopin’s times.

The text and visual material prepared for the book inspired the Publisher to create a deluxe edition of the publication. The project took 2 years to complete. The specially selected paper, colour scheme, and unique typography make up an extraordinary whole. The original graphic design comes from Leszek Szurkowski, while the contemporary photographs were made by Wojciech Buss, Leszek Szurkowski, Zbigniew and Waldemar Panów. The book has been released in limited edition. Each copy has a unique number, for the buyer to enjoy.

The meeting is held by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 and the publishing house BOSZ. The event’s media patron is the website chopin2010.pl.

Mieczysław Tomaszewski is a renowned Polish musicologist and editor, professor at Kraków’s Academy of Music, head of the Theory and Interpretation of Music Work Department. His represents humanistic-oriented musicology. He studied musicology at Kraków’s Jagiellonian University (1954-59) with Ms Łabczewska and holds a Ph.D. from the Adam Mickiewicz University. His doctoral  thesis was devoted to Chopin’s Work and Its Reception (1984). In 1952-1988 he was running Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM Edition) in Kraków, first as its editor-in-chief and from 1964 as its director. In 1960-66 Professor Tomaszewski taught the music theory and aesthetics at the Jagiellonian University. In 1959 he also began teaching at Kraków’s Academy of Music, becoming Reader in 1971 and Professor in 1989. From 1982 to 1985 he was member of the Central Board for Higher Education.

Apart from his academic writings on Chopin, Professor Tomaszewski has also authored popular books and radio programmed about the composer. He has been running the Baranów Musical Meetings, and chaired the Fryderyk Chopin Society’s Academic Board and the International Chopin Symposium in Warsaw. Currently, Professor Tomaszewski is actively involved in the Polish Chopin Academy and the Programe Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

In May 2010 Professor Tomaszewski received Honorary Doctorate from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland. 

 

The Night of the Museums at Kordegarda: come and see "Chopin’s Heart"

During the Night of the Museums in Warsaw on May 15th, Kordegarda Chopin 2010 is screening a musical documentary Chopin’s Heart (Serce Chopina) at 8 p.m. 

The film tells the story of how Chopin’s heart was brought back to Warsaw after the composer’s death by his sister Ludwika and rested in 1864 in the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw. During the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation, the heart was rescued from the basilica in August 1944 just before it was demolished by the Nazis and left with Archbishop Antoni Szlagowski for safekeeping in the town of Milanówek, nearby Warsaw. The film also features fragments of the composer’s letters, poetry and music works.

Written and directed by
Piotr Szalsza 

Director of Photography
Mieczysław Chudzik

Starring
Jan Englert
Marta Klubowicz 

Piano music performed by
Rinko Kobayaschi
Janusz Olejniczak
Piotr Paleczny

Produced by
Brize Film (Poland)
Satel Film (Austria)
N.H.K. (Japan)

 

Meet the authors of Chopin’s Europe at Kordegarda Chopin 2010

Come and meet the authors of the book Chopin’s Europe, Hanna and Juliusz Komarnicki, and Iwo Załuski on May 15th, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Kordegarda CHOPIN 2010.

The meeting is organised by Kordegarda Chopin 2010 and the publishing house MUZA SA.

Chopin’s Europe is a photographic record of all the places which Fryderyk Chopin visited across Europe. Hanna and Julish Komarnicki’s evocative and deeply personal photographs, coupled with texts by recognised Chopin’s biographers Pamela and Iwo Załuski, tell the story of the composer’s life and form an account of his journey across Europe. Thanks to the innovative approach, the book enlivens the continent’s diverse beauty and the variety of its moods, from Żelazowa Wola, to the wild and austere beauty of Mallorca, to the Scottish highlands – all of which Chopin visited, which he loved and where he composed his masterpieces. The tale is complemented with fragments of his correspondence and sheet music. The book’s foreword comes from Martha Argerich, one of greatest Chopin interpreters.  
  

About the authors:

Hanna Komarnicka, née Dobrzańska, was born in Kraków, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Innsbruck, where she also studied at the Academy of Music. Her art and photography projects have been exhibited in the UK, Austria and Switzerland.

A son of Polish diplomat Tytus Komarnicki, Juliusz Komarnicki was born in Bern, Switzerland. Having graduated from the University of London, he worked in publishing for 45 years. In 1971, together with his wife Hanna, Juliusz Komarnicki settled in Switzerland, where they reside to this day. In 1999 their first book, co-authored with Pamela and Iwo Załuski, In Search of Chopin’s Poland was released.

Iwo Załuski, a descendent of the composer Duke Michał Kleofas Ogiński, was born in Kraków, Poland. During the Second World War, in 1946, he sought exile in the UK, where he became a music teacher.  
 

Pamela Załuska, née Woodhead, was born in London, UK, where she lead a successful career as pianist, historian and musicologist. Since 1989, together with her husband Iwo, she has been focusing on academic research and writing on music, which brought about a ten publications exploring, among others, Mozart, Liszt and Chopin, e.g. The Scottish Autumn of Frederick Chopin, Chopin’s Poland and The Young Liszt.                            

During the meeting at Kordegarda Chopin 2010, Chopin’s Europe (in Polish and English) will be on sale at a discount price.   

Kordegarda Chopin 2010
Address: 15/17, Krakowskie Przedmieście St, Warsaw.
Opening hours: Tuesdays – Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact:
Marta Trzepla
Head of Kordegarda Chopin 2010
mtrzepla(at)chopin2010.pl
tel.: (+48) 502 188 643