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2010 marks the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. And Poland has declared it the year of Chopin. Let's see what kinds of activities are being held in the musician's hometown, to pay tribute to the maestro and his rich musical legacy.
Some say the music of Ferederic Chopin is like the soundtrack to the Polish nation. He remains an idol of young pianists like Marek Bracha, who is playing in the very room Chopin was born in some 200 years ago.
Poland has spent a hundred million dollars for the year of Chopin, on concerts, events, and infrastructure, like musical benches that play the composer's music.
And the Ferederic Chopin's museum in Warsaw with an interactive exhibit for children, listening booths where visitors can follow scores along with music, and of course, one of the master's own pianos.
Chopin the virtuoso, was the musical icon of his day. His work has inspired millions around the world, and his repertoire is among the most popular with classical musicians.
Those behind the Year of Chopin say they want to ensure that his legacy will live on.
Marek Bracha is in the final round of a national Chopin competition. This competition, held at the composer's hometown, and the World Chopin Competition encourage young generations of pianists to pass on the musician's legacy.
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