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The Music of the Netherlands AntillesWhy Eleven Antilleans Knelt before Chopin's Heart$
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Jan Brokken

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461855

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461855.001.0001

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A Polish Prelude

A Polish Prelude

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(p.3) 1 A Polish Prelude
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The Music of the Netherlands Antilles
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Jan Brokken

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461855.003.0001

This chapter deals with the reason for the book’s curious subtitle: the presence of eleven Antilleans at the service held in the Warsaw church to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s death in October 1999 where the composer’s heart is kept in an urn, whilst the rest of his mortal remains lie in Paris. The item which Brokken had read in a German newspaper triggered him to start writing the book based on notes he had been taking.

Keywords:   Chopin, Church of the Holy Cross, mazurka, pilgrimage, Zelawowa Wola

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