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Maciej Szajkowski, Sylwia Światkowska, photo: promo materials

While the Warsaw Village Band works on their new album, we spoke to two of its members, Maciej Szajkowski and Sylwia Światkowska, about their twenty years on the stage, their reactions to Iggy Pop playing their songs on the radio and why it’s better to shoot yourself in the head than to work on music with any limitations.

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A piece by Berlin-based artist Thorsten Goldberg at the Centre of Polish sculpture in Orońsko, photo: Piotr Polak/PAP

Warsaw has plenty of culture to offer, no matter what Krakowians may like to tell you. From opera to experimental theatre to klezmer music concerts and photography exhibits, it’s hard to get bored in the capital. But if you’re itching to get out of town and see something beyond Warsaw’s walls, here are four worthwhile day trips for your every cultural whim.

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Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix, Portrait of Frédéric Chopin, photo by Jan Morek / Forum

On of the most prominent Polish composers, born on 1st March, 1818 (or 22nd February, 1810) in Żelazowa Wola, died on 17th October, 1849 in Paris.

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Урна с сердцем Тадеуша Костюшко в Королевском замке в Варшаве, 1927. Источник: Национальный цифровой архив

Chopin’s heart travelling on the train in his sister’s lap, the three funerals (and one scandal) of a national bard, or Słowacki arriving in Warsaw some 70 years after his death aboard the ‘Mickiewicz’ ship... Culture.pl takes a look at the most famous Polish dead, and the macabre, strange and haunting afterlife of Polish bodies.

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Polish historian, Piotr Witt, reveals new historically accurate facts concerning the beginnings of Frédéric Chopin's career in Paris.

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Chopin, collage. photo: Dagmara Staga / Culture.pl

Pianists from all over the world have already taken part in the qualifying stage of the 17th International Chopin Contest and are now playing their fingers to the bone, using every minute to prepare for their performance. For us – the audience – the best way to prepare for the contest is to revise our knowledge about Chopin and get a better understanding of his output

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Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Funeral March Op. 35, played at the funerals of the composer, abstract from his Piano Sonata. Printed score, Brandus editions. Paris, musee de la Vie romantique, photo by Roger Voillet / East News

Culture.pl breaks down for you an iconic piece of Fryderyk Chopin - a composition almost unrecognised by the music society of his times, nowadays considered to be groundbreaking and timeless. Why is this so? Let us seek a deeper insight into Sonata No. 2 and find out where Chopin managed to push the classical form’s boundaries further than anyone else before him.

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Istanbul Photography Museum hosts the exhibition, Frederic Chopin and His Nostalgia in Tomek Sikora's Potography, between 02 October, 2014 - o2 Januar, 2014. The exhibition premiered in Warsaw four years ago on the 200th anniversary of Chopin, and is now scheduled to meet art lovers in Istanbul.

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Mateusz Borowiak zaprezentuje swój recital fortepianowy na deskach Wigmore Hall.

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From Chopin to Lutosławski is the theme of the 9th edition of the International Music Festival Chopin and His Europe. The festival features concerts and piano recitals and preview screenings of Bloody Daughter directed by Stephanie Argerich.

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Robert Schumann on a litograph by Josef Kriehuber, 1839

Chopin's music seemed to be a guiding spirit in Schumann's journalism. Schumann made his debut with an article about the Variations, Op 2, while a review of Tarantella, Op 43, published in 1843, was his last statement about Chopin and one of his last articles ever, prior to him leaving Neue Zeitschrift für Musik in 1844...

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Speaking of Polish piano music one certainly cannot omit two names: Frederic Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. From the enormous musical output of the former, Marek Mizera - a gifted pianist and educator - chose one piece from each of the most typical genres for Chopin - a nocturne, a ballad, a scherzo, and a polonaise. Four miniatures, with the famous Menuet Op 14 No. 1, represent Paderewski's work.

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Photograph of Fryderyk Chopin taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson (1849). Source: National Library Digital Database, www.polona.pl

The novel sound of this composer's music comes from a special approach to the instrument, utilizing brilliant piano technique and from employing his signature harmonies.

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Fryderyk Chopin's Museum in Żelazowa Wola. Photo: Franciszek Mazur / Agencja Gazeta

Tadeusz Andrzej Zielinski writes on the phenomenon of the Frederic Chopin's music.

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Feature film by Jerzy Antczak, 2002 about the tumultuous relationship between Frederic Chopin and George Sand, a relationship in which Sand's children, Solange and Maurice, also played an important part.

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