Mieczysław Tomaszewski

Prof. Mieczysław Tomaszewski is a world renowned musicologist, one of the world's foremost experts on Fryderyk Chopin. A graduate of Jagiellonian University, he is currently a professor at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he heads the Department of Musical Work Theory and Interpretation.

He lectured on Chopin and Polish music in Paris, Dijon, La Châtre (Nohant), Valldemosa, Mariánské Lázně, Vienna, Graz, Gamming, Dresden, Leipzig, Hamburg, Essen, Düsseldorf, Chemnitz, Aarhus, Vilnius, Bratislava, London and New York. He is an author of numerous books, TV and radio shows about Chopin and other Polish musicians. In 2000, he was distinguished by the International F. Chopin Foundation for his lifetime work on the music and life of Chopin.

This beautiful album, featuring text written by one of the world’s most renowned chopinologists and some 450 photographs, reproductions of documents, paintings, engravings, manuscripts and works of art related to the composer, was published in 2010 as part of Chopin Year Celebrations in Poland.

Much more than a biography, the album is a unique atlas of things and places related to the artist. It shows the work of the composer against the background of his historical period and in relation to the works of other representatives of the romantic movement in arts. It attempts to answer the question of how Chopin’s genius was formed and shaped by historical and cultural events of his times.

The album consists of nineteen chronically arranged chapters. Readers embark on the journey by first earning about Chopin’s family home and his childhood to finally arrive at the concluding chapters detailing the last days of the composer’s life and the impact his legacy had throughout the world.

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