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Chopin: Musical Inspirations and the Music He Inspired

Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 3:00pm

The Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Days 2014 is a two-part concert series celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Polish composer Frederic Chopin - March 1st, 1810. 

On Day 2 we join Magdalena Baczewska, piano, to revel in Chopin, Chopin's inspirations, and the music of those inspired by the composer. 


Recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture, and laureate of the Award for Outstanding Polish Citizen Abroad, pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska [pronounced BaCHEVska] has been praised for her "worldclass playing" (The American Record Guide). Growing up in a family of musicians, Magdalena started piano instruction at the age of five, and at twelve made her orchestra debut. As a winner of international piano competitions,she has appeared worldwide as a solo artist and in orchestral performances. Hailed as "imaginative and instructive, a player of taste, purity of tone, and clarity of line," Magdalena appeared on major radio shows across America and Europe, including NPR, WQXR, and Voice of America.

Magdalena is currently a piano faculty member at the Mannes College New School for Music, and John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music (C. Keene), along with Bachelor and Master's Degree from the Mannes College, New School for Music (J. Rose).


Magdalena Baczewska - Piano 

Music of Chopin's teacher:

Josef Elsner – Sonata No. 2, in D major

The inventor of the Nocturne:

John Field – Nocturne H. 37, in B-flat major
Fryderyk Chopin –  Nocturne op. 15 No. 2, in F-sharp major

                                    -  Nocturne op. posthumous, in C-sharp minor

Friendship with Adam Mickiewicz:

Fryderyk Chopin - Ballade No. 3, op. 47, in A-flat major


Friends and Rivals

Chopin / Liszt: from Chants Polonais (6), S.480 

  1. Maiden's Wish     
  2. My Joys

The National Style: Mazurka

Fryderyk Chopin - Mazurka op. 17 No. 4, in A minor
                                   - Mazurka op. 56 No. 2, in C major

Karol Szymanowski – Mazurkas op. 50, No. 1 & 2

 …and the Polonaise

Fryderyk Chopin  - Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Brilliante,  Op.22

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