Poland: Chopin's Heart

A nation's musical gift to the world

Hands playing across a piano keyboard

 THE STORY 

Aired on PBS May 9, 2006.
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Filmmaker Marian Marzynski visits his native Poland to witness the 15th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. “Like every child growing up in Poland, I was raised with the music of Chopin,” says Marzynski, who survived the Holocaust in Poland as a young boy. Eight hundred contestants, from 19 countries, sign up for the nail-biting musical marathon, which provides exquisite music and plenty of surprises. WATCH VIDEO.

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski

 INTERVIEW WITH THE FILMMAKER 

Marian Marzynski talks about his approach to documentaries and the delight of making a film about the music of Poland’s most illustrious son. Read more...

Frederic Chopin

 FREDERIC CHOPIN 

A look at the life of the Polish composer, often called the “poet of the piano.” Read more...


Rafal Blechacz

 MORE ABOUT THE WINNER 

Rafal Blechacz, a shy young prodigy, enters the limelight. Read more...


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