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200th Anniversary of Chopin's birth

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Today is the 200th Anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth who is not only famous for his waltz, polonaise and mazurka compositions, but the attraction he has had for choreographers of some note to create important ballets. I would not be at all surprised to find that Chopin is in fact the most choreographed composer who never actually composed a ballet score.

BBC Radio 3 has been celebrating this event and played a good deal of Chopin music today including songs which I had never heard before.

This afternoon I went to St. James Place in London where a Blue Plaque celebrates Chopin's visit in 1848. It was from this house that Chopin left to give the last concert of his life at London's Guildhall. I first discovered this house when a teenager and I have often taken visitors to London to see the house.

A new Chopin museum has opened in Warsaw today. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl...qg2gwAD9E5V1BG2

See an interesting article on the subsequent history of the Pleyel piano Chopin had brought to London at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article1527757.ece

If you are not familiar with either of the two extant daguerritypes of Chopin here is a photograph copy made by Bisson. http://kalejdoskop-chopin.pl/persons.php?id=31

Patrice Bart is to stage a seemingly major two act work to Chopin in Warsaw for the Polish National Ballet: see:- http://www.teatrwielki.pl/en/polish_nation...iversaries.html

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I wonder how many revivals of "Les Sylphides" will take place across the globe this year?

As to new works, Paul Chalmer is staging a ballet called “ Chopin tells Chopin” (Chopin racconta Chopin) premiere 26 March 2010 Ballo del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

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