Poland: Chopin's Heart

A nation's musical gift to the world

Hands playing across a piano keyboard


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


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


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

Rafal Blechacz


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

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