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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1920., photo: Marek Skorupski/Forum

In celebration of the centenary of Poland’s Independence, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute organised a competition for a treatment of a musical play based on the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Nine finalists will go on to the second round of the competition.

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Statue of Copernicus in Independence Park, near the District Planetarium, Bogota, photo: Pedro Felipe/Wikimedia

A Colombian Copernicus? Jagiełło in New York City? Karol Wojtyla in East Timor? Culture.pl goes global to explore the stories of monuments to famous Poles around the world.

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In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute announces a competition for a treatment of a musical play drawn from the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

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Composer, pianist, politician, statesman. Born 18 November 1960 in Kuryówka, died 29 June 1941 in New York.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1920, photo: Marek Skorupski / Forum

The Fifth International Discovering Paderewski Festival, the most important and biggest Polish-Ukrainian music event, will start in Lviv on 11th November 2016. At the festival, an opera by Ignacy Jan Paderewski entitled Manru with a new arrangement by Jerzy Maksymiuk will have its premiere in the form of a concert – a unique Polish-Ukrainian coproduction.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, photo: Danuta B. Łomaczewska / East News

Pianists from all over the world will participate in the 10th International Paderewski Piano Competition. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19th November 2016.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1920, photo: Marek Skorupski / Forum

The only Paderewski’s scenic work and the first music drama in Polish opera. It is a touching love story with social inequality and intolerance in the background

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860-1941., photo: Rue des Archives / Forum

Ignacy Jan Paderewski had been working on Symphony in B minor for several years — from 1903 to 1907. The piece was composed for the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the January Uprising.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1892., photo: Rue des Archives / Forum

Piano Concert in A minor, Op. 17 is both one of the most famous pieces in Paderewski’s repertoire, as well as one of the greatest Polish piano achievements. The composition is distinguished by beautiful melodics, subtle emotionality, a well-balanced virtuosity and transparent facture, especially of the solo instrument, as well as a clear construction.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was one of the greatest people in the history of Poland. His multifarious activities as a composer, a pianist, a politician, a prominent statesman and, last but not least, a generous philantropist, distinguished him from the group of the greatest individuals of the world of culture and politics of the first half of the twentieth century, both in Poland and world-wide.

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Artur Dutkiewicz, photo: Józef Woźniak

The Polish jazz pianist Andrzej Dutkiewicz begins a solo tour of Australia and New Zealand on 5th April, taking in major cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington.

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  Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1920., photo: Marek Skorupski / Forum

Distinct from other works thanks to its extremely rich melodic imagination, its grand and expressive themes allude to Polish folk music, even though the composer did not use any genuine folklore.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, photo: Danuta B. Łomaczewska / East News

Pianist, composer, activist, polyglot, orator, politician, statesman, humanitarian, businessman, patron of art and architecture, wine-grower, film actor, icon: Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) led a remarkable life.

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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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