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Exploring Chopin's Warsaw
October 28, 2009   
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Chopin's Warsaw is a free mp3 audio guide available in several languages published by the City Promotion Department in the run-up to next year's bicentennial celebrations of the birth of the great Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. The idea is to give foreign tourists a feel for Chopin and those parts of the Polish capital he made his own.

Chopin's Warsaw is like taking a two-hour stroll around town with the composer while listening to his music. You can see where he lived, studied, played and composed. Several respected journalists, musicologists and Chopin authorities share their personal relationship to the composer and the Warsaw of his youth. This is an enchanting journey that takes you back to 19th-century Warsaw where you can familiarize yourself with the youth of one of Poland's most famous sons, thanks to the many anecdotes, the music, and the additional special effects such as street sounds.

For convenience, the audio files have been divided according to 14 sequential stops along a walk from the Saxon Gardens (Ogród Saski) to the Chopin monument in £azienki Park. There is a supplementary map with all the major points of interest marked.

Chopin's Warsaw is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese and can be downloaded free in mp3 format from www.um.warszawa.pl/wydarzenia/chopin together with a map.
M.R.
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