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4.05.2010
Category: Books

Following Chopin. The Guide

The guide Following Chopin presents places where the composer lived and which he visited in Poland.

The photographs are authored by Waldemar and Zbigniew Panow, while the text was written by Liliana Olchowik-Adamowska, Kazimierz Kunicki and Tomasz Ławecki. The guide is available in Polish and English.

Fryderyk Chopin left Poland when he was twenty, moments before the outbreak of the November Uprising of 1830, never to come back again. After he died, only his heart was brought back to his native country. While still in Poland, Chopin had permanently resided in two towns only – Żelazowa Wola, where he had been born, spent the first months of his life and which he often visited afterwards, as well as Warsaw.  

There are a coupe of places in Poland’s capital which are strongly associated with Chopin: the Royal Łazienki Park, where his monument stands, the Holy Cross Church, where Chopin’s heart is put to rest, the Czapski Palace, where the Chopins’ salon is situated, or the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, where the International Chopin Piano Competitions are held. Yet, there are many more spots associated with the composer in Warsaw, all of which are worth exploring for their Chopin-related history.

In his teenage years, Chopin also travelled across Poland, exploring vast regions of the country from Gdańsk in the North to Kraków in the South, and from Poznań in the West to Wrocław in the South-West, leaving aside the eastern areas of Poland. His travels seem impressive, taking into consideration the fact that these were mainly holiday excursions undertaken during school and university breaks, and that he used a stagecoach drawn by horses to travel around. Chopin seems to be an observant, sensitive and receptive traveler, which was often reflected in his abundant and vivid correspondence, not to mention his work, resounding with the echoes of his journeys.  

Written by
Liliana Olchowik-AdamowskaKazimierz KunickiTomasz Ławecki

Released in Olasznica 2009

Language versions
Polish, English, German  

Published by
BOSZ