1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. Warsaw 2–14 September 2018
1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments
Warsaw 2–14 September 2018
I will be covering this competition on my website on this link:
This the famous picture Chopin's Polonaise - a Ball at the Hotel Lambert in Paris by Teofil Kwiatkowski now in the National Museum Poznań. This palace (the Hotel Lambert) was the Parisian home of the Polish magnate Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski and a centre for the volatile discussions of the 'Polish question' in the mid nineteenth century. There was an annual Polish Ball and Chopin is seen playing a small Pleyel instrument when the artist could easily have depicted him seated at a far grander instrument. These instruments were not played against a wall as uprights are today but wheeled into the open area of a drawing room thus freeing their marvellous sound. As is clear the pianist could feel in close contact with the dancers.They were customarily equipped with ormolu handles on either side of the case and castors for the purpose.