CHOPIN AMONGST THE GREENERY IN ROYAL ŁAZIENKI PARK
Chopin is the local star! The famous Polish pianist was born in 1810 in Żelazowa Wola in the Duchy of Warsaw. Orchestras worldwide continue to perform his music with just as much joy two centuries after his passing (he died in Paris in 1849). In Warsaw, Chopin is revered as the god of classical music.
A ritual is held in Chopin’s honour every Sunday from May to September at 12pm and 4pm in Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw. A free concert takes place at the foot of his statue, with musicians playing music from his repertoire. The natural surroundings mean you can sit on the grass and listen to Fantaisie-Impromptu, Funeral March, Prelude No. 4 for piano and Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor. This musical act of worship takes place in front of an audience plunged into a religious silence as the air is filled with the Polish master musician’s wonderfully captivating melodies.
This regular concert is even more remarkable considering Chopin hated performing in public: “I am not fitted to give concerts. The audience intimidates me. I feel choked by its breath, paralysed by its curious glances, struck dumb by all those strange faces.”