Poland has the blessing of a succession of great composers. This year the country is celebrating the centenary of Witold Lutoslawski, and that has helped revive the interest in the Polish mid-century avant-garde, the likes of Szymanowski, Penderecki and their contemporaries with a musical penchant for mystifying dissonance. But among Poland's finest, one name from the 19th century towers above all: Fryderyk Chopin.
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Chopin, also avant-garde in his day, is much more than a composer. One of the best-known Poles, the Romantic pianist is a cultural icon that embodies the country's deep, rich heritage that also represents a classic European treasure. He's not only a symbol _ though he was once on a banknote _ but also a living pride of the country that saw so many heartbreaks, partitions, and one catastrophic devastation.
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