Polish Independence Day 11 November 2018 - The Chopin Soul and Paderewski

Thoughts on the Chopin Soul and Paderewski  Polish Independence Day 11 November 2018

On a day celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Poland regaining independence (a country that for 123 years existed not on maps but as a virtual reality in the mind of its citizens), I feel I should express a few thoughts on the music of Fryderyk Chopin in this context. Today is also the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the Great War on 'the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month' 1918 and to remind the old and perhaps educate the young of the historical significance of this day through the towering figure of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) - composer, pianist, politician and statesman - at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. It is difficult for us to even imagine how the hugely charismatic Paderewski, like some type of pianistic god, dominated the artistic firmament of those days. 

I would also like to reflect on a wartime incident concerning Polish officers and troops inter…

Final Report and Highlights of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. Warsaw 2–14 September 2018

Final Report on 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments  Warsaw  2–14 September 2018

For photographs of the instruments used and more detailed, fully illustrated reviews of each participant and each piece at eachcompetition stage:

A Different Virtuosity

Report on the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments 2-14 September 2018

Michael Moran

Michael Moran is an award-winning Australian author and classical musician. He studied the piano and harpsichord in London. His piano teacher was Eileen Ralf, a former Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and teacher of the distinguished Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer. His harpsichord teacher was Maria Boxall, editor of the keyboard works of the English Baroque composer and organist John Blow as well as a renowned Harpsichord Method. 
He plays a 1844 Pleyel and a David Rubio copy of the 1745 Johannes Daniel Dulcken harpsichord  in the Smithsonian Institute

The mystery of instrumental …