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2010 Year of Chopin (and his Dark Hallucinations)

mephias 10 | 296
16 Jan 2010 #1
2010 is celebrated as year of Chopin. Some info below.

And official web page.
Polonius3 983 | 12,333
23 Jan 2010 #3
Chopin msut be rolling over in his grave at Pere Lachaise (his heart is at Warsaw's Holy Cross Church) hearing his countrymen listening to rock, pop, disco, techno, hiphop and other such garbage... Traces of folk themes discernable in disco-polo would probably be the least offensive to his subtle ear.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,437
23 Jan 2010 #4
Traces of folk themes discernable in disco-polo would probably be the least offensive to his subtle ear.

you are probably right;)
Seanus 15 | 19,669
15 May 2010 #5
a wonderfully melancholic tune and fitting title. I found Chopin boring as a kid (my granddad exposed me to classical) but he has some interesting compositions. I listened to some in Pszczyna Castle where the annual Chopin contest was held :)
this too. Quite amazing. I like the notes he touches early on in the piece.
15 May 2010 #6
Polonaise Op.53 - the most Polish of all Polonaises...

guzzler 1 | 88
15 May 2010 #7
I loved to listen to Jan Paderewski play Chopin with friend who came from Poland we had some of the old 300mm records and would listen in the evening when we were relaxing with a glass of brandy. It transported her back home in her mind to Poland she always said Chopin was the soul of Poland.
Miguel Colombia - | 351
15 May 2010 #8
I don't think Chopin cares much about the modern Poles' "music" taste. I don't really think he cares much about Poland...wherever his soul may roam.
plk123 8 | 4,134
26 Jan 2011 #9
Merged: Chopin's Dark Hallucinations

The prolific musician and composer Frederic Chopin was a giant of the Romantic Era, known for writing passionate pieces for the piano. But the Polish-born Chopin was afflicted by mysterious health problems, including vivid hallucinations.
26 Jan 2011 #10
Hmmmm, wonder if it resulted in synaesthesia (perception of colour as sound and vice versa) a la Kandinsky? From the article, aura migraines were rejected as a possible cause of his visions, but still...
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498
26 Jan 2011 #11
Synaesthesia can occur in complex partial or cluster type seizure activity and can usually be a precursor to seizure activity.

Having said that........sitting in an opium den and getting totally wasted could also cause vivid hallucinations ......or creative genius.................take your pick !
f stop 24 | 2,496
26 Jan 2011 #12
Also, we sometimes forget that we didn't invent getting high.
Ironside 51 | 12,515
26 Jan 2011 #13
Never heard about it!

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