On Wednesday 26 June, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute held a press conference devoted to the project ‘Between national identity and a community of cultures: from Chopin and Tellefsen to the twenty-first century’, realised as part of the programme ‘Promoting cultural and artistic diversity as part of the European cultural heritage’ – an element of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009–2014. The conference was led by the director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Dr Artur Szklener, accompanied by Maciej Janicki, curator of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, and Ewa Sławińska-Dahlig, head of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s Research and Publishing Department.
The project put forward by the Institute was rated highly by the qualifying committee on account of its multi-faceted and interdisciplinary character, since it covers artistic, museological, educational and informational-promotional activities: concerts, exhibitions, academic conferences, book publications, workshops and presentations. Outlined in the press conference were the key premises and aims of the project, the plans for which comprise 17 concerts and 25 other events in 3 countries and 6 locations, in which 350 artists and specialists in various fields will take part. The project will be realised in collaboration with our strategic Norwegian partners: the Ringve Museum, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music and Dance and Polish Association in Fredrikstad.
One of the aims of the project is to show the links between Fryderyk Chopin and Thomas Tellefsen, presenting the artists, their output and their concert work. The project encompasses reflections in the field of music itself and also in literature and the plastic arts. The inter-penetration and mutual influence of the arts will form the subject of a Warsaw exhibition entitled ‘From the Romantic search for national and cultural identity to modernist reevaluation. Chopin – Tellefsen – Grieg / Przybyszewski – Weiss – Munch’, whilst another exhibition, in Trondheim, will focus on the relationship between Chopin and Tellefsen, under the title ‘Between national identity and a community of cultures: Fryderyk Chopin and Thomas Tellefsen’.
Four academic conferences will take place as part of the project (in Paris, Oslo, Radziejowice and Warsaw), and the first Polish translation of Dr Ingrid Loe Dalaker’s book about Thomas Tellefsen in Norwegian and French musical culture will be published. In addition, the GPS mobile phone app ‘In the footsteps of Polish and Norwegian composers’ (Chopin, Tellefsen, Grieg, Nordheim, Lutosławski) will be produced.
An important part of the project are concerts, which will include eight Polish-Norwegian concerts as part of the Tenth International Music Festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in 2014, as well as presentations of sources of Polish and Scandinavian folklore, musical transcriptions and paraphrases, a recital of national songs (‘Between South and North’) and concerts in Paris (2013), Fredrikstad (2014) and Trondheim (2014), with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. The TSO, under Krzysztof Urbański, will be giving two concerts in Poland and two concerts in Norway, partly designed to promote the work of less familiar Norwegian composers.
We warmly invite you to attend all the project’s events from now until 2015.
Photography: Agata Mierzejewska
26th of June 2013