Conferences Conferences

One of the priorities of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute is to inspire, support, coordinate and disseminate the results of academic research on the person, work and broadly understood context of Fryderyk Chopin’s music.

One of the means employed to achieve this end is a programme of annual international conferences and symposia, organised in late autumn, and dedicated to various aspects of chopinological studies.

Main goals and their realization

  1. drawing the attention of the researchers, specialists from all over the world, as well as young representatives of academics, to the previously defined, most relevant issues connected with the work and heritage of Chopin;
  2. coordination of activities connected with particular research issues and
  3. gathering conclusions and their confrontation in an international forum - carried out by the best world specialists during one of the symposia, later summed up during the planned 3rd International Chopinological Congress, which is to take place in 2010 – the composer’s 200th birthday.

The role of a cycle of conferences

  1. enhancing the position of Polish researchers and academics, who become coordinators of international activities, with the participation of the most acclaimed specialists in the world;
  2. promotion of Polish science and thought, due to its presentation in an international forum;
  3. acceleration of chopinological studies due to their stimulation and coordination in many Polish and foreign centres;
  4. synchronisation of the so far dispersed research with other chopinological, musicological and artistic initiatives, such as a scholarship programme, publishing series of source and facsimile editions, creation of electronic collections, worldwide internet information centre (chopinological, musicological and artistic information), as well as synchronisation with concert initiatives;
  5. broadening of the scope of research by combining different approaches to particular subjects (e.g. theoretical and practical, musicological and sociological, scientific and educational, etc.) and appropriate choice of topics;
  6. introduction of the results of the research into international circulation in the form of annual publication of post-conference materials;
  7. elimination of cultural and social divisions troubling the Polish science, by means of tightening international contacts and working out stable channels for the flow of information;

Topics of the cycle

Each conference of the cycle is devoted to a different area of contemporary chopinology. In general the topics may be divided into the following subgroups:

  1. direct study of Chopin’s output: analysis of his work with the use of modern analytical methods; study of the composer’s creative process from the perspective of his autograph music manuscripts and placement of his work in the context of his predecessors and successors, both in national and folk music tradition;
  2. subjects indirectly associated with the work and figure of Chopin, such as presentation of the artistic society of Paris in the first half of the 19th century, discussion of the phenomenon of artistic interpretation or reception of Chopin’s work and him as a person in Poland and worldwide to date;
  3. issues connected with cultivation of the heritage of the Polish composer: topics and typology of critical source editions, facsimile editions, performative and didactic aspects of Chopin’s music.