Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Chopin: The Romantic Refugee - British Library
"British Library sheds new light on the life of Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin from Poland to Britain in a new exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. Opening on 1 March in the Folio Society Gallery at the British Library, Chopin: The Romantic Refugee examines the ways in which Chopin's music displays his Polish patriotism in the context of the political sympathies for Poland that were current in France and England during his lifetime. Born 200 years ago, Chopin was a child prodigy whose brilliance as a pianist quickly spread beyond his native Poland, and a tour of Europe at the dawn of his career cemented his reputation as a composer of startlingly original piano music"