|The programme handout for the 15
March 2003 recital included the following message signed by the Chairman of The Frederick
Chopin Society in Warsaw:
Chopin's music is deeply rooted in the culture of Poland. However, many
places in Europe were important sources of inspiration and enriched his life and work;
That is, his visit to Berlin in 1828, the concerts in Vienna, the
applause he briefly enjoyed in Teplitz, the acclaim and friendships he gained when
settling in Paris in 1831, the winter sojourn at Valldemossa, summer holidays at Nohant,
and two visits to London.
J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and contemporary Icons from John Field to Rossini
and Liszt also had their impact on Chopin.
I am pleased that Icons of Europe asbl has taken this initiative to
celebrate and document Chopin's life from a European perspective.
With my best wishes for a successful recital in Lasne,
The Frederick Chopin Society