INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN CONFERENCES Few words about the Congress

Bicentenary of Chopin's birthday is celebrated on every continent, because his music has reached every single culture of the earth. For the centenary of Chopin's birthday there was obviously no congress in Warsaw. Poland was divided, enslaved. The celebrations took place mainly in Lwów, where a fiery speech was made by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The centenary of Chopin's death happened to occur after the II World War in 1949. However Poland was rising with a great difficulty after all the war destructions.

Although the Chopin Piano Competition - the first after the war - successfully took place in 1949,  an international scientific meeting of chopinologists could not happen at the same time. Polish scientific world was also destroyed during the war, and as to the research on Chopin and his music the Polish scientific output was poor. That is why in 1960 - on the 150th anniversary of Chopin's birth prof. Zofia Lissa organized the first Congress devoted to the life and music of Chopin and also the history of Polish music. The materials from this Congress were published in 1963 under the title: The Book of the First International Musicological Congress Devoted to the Works of Frederick Chopin (ed. Zofia Lissa).

The second Congress Chopin and his Work in the Context of Culture also took place in Warsaw on the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death in 1999. It was organized by the Polish Chopin Academy (president: prof. Irena Poniatowska). The book with all the papers given during the Congress was published in 2003 in two volumes, edited by prof. Poniatowska and the Congress Programme Board. The Congress gathered over 80 participants from different countries and it showed that a new branch of chopinology was developing: research on the influence of Chopin's music on other composers and reception of his music in other arts: literature, poetry, arts.

After this second Congress the efforts to create an Act about the Preservation of Chopin's heritage were intensified. The consequence of passing this act was establishing the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in 2001.

The very first initiative of the Institute was organizing annual scientific conferences, which would encourage the scientists to go on with new research and new interpretations of Chopin's works.

Apart from the first conference, which was entirely Polish and took place only 3 months after establishing the Institute, all other were international. The materials from all the conferences where published in a special series of Conference Books.

Besides publishing scientific and popular books very valuable was initiating the series Works by Chopin. Facsimile Edition edited by Zofia Chechlińska, which is highly valued because of its high standard of source commentaries and editing.

Interesting are also many recordings, especially the series The Real Chopin - the works of Chopin played on the historical instruments.

It is not only the performance of Chopin's music that has its heydays on all continents but also the writing, research on Chopin's biography, reception of his output and analysis of his works with all different methodology.

The number of applications for the 3rd Congress was unexpected. Over 100 exposés were selected and put into three main thematic groups: Chopin's personality, heritage and milieu, Interpretations of Chopin's music, The influence of Chopin and his music.

During the plenary session  the audience will hear about the newest achievements in the research on Chopin's correspondence, first editions and on Bach tradition which Chopin had beloved.

Congress will end with the panel Chopin in contemporary culture, after which the audience will hear the transmission from the concert in Żelazowa Wola, the Chopin's birth place. After that there will be an official opening of the new interactive Fryderyk Chopin Museum.