Chopin's house at Zelazowa Wola is surrounded by a beautiful park, designed in the 1930's by professor F. Krzywda-Polkowski, which you absolutely mustn't miss. The ancient trees, the lush greenery, the creepers and the Utrata River with the charming bridge right across it, let alone the red squirrels begging for nuts, all make it a charming place to visit. Some of those trees may have even given shade to Chopin as he played his music to his family and friends. The piano forte was then carried outdoors and thus the concerts could be heard as far as the village. Reports of some local people, Chopin's contemporaries, speak of people gathering outside the garden gate to listen to the music. I wonder if they realised that they were listening to a genius playing.
The house where Fryderyk was born belonged to Count and Countess Skarbek. It was here that his father, Mikolaj Chopin, the French tutor to the aristocratic family's children, and mother, Justyna Krzyzanowska, their relative and housekeeper, had met. They were married in the church in Brochow nearby in 1806. Soon Fryderyk's eldest sister, Ludwika was born and three years later their only son, Fryderyk. In the autumn of the same year the Chopins moved to Warsaw, where the father got the post of a French teacher at the Warsaw Lyceum. When their country manor burnt down during the march of Napoleon's army across Poland, the Skarbeks' family came to live in the lodge where the Chopins used to live. Fryderyk and his family visited them a number of times and even spent their holidays there. Last time Chopin was there was in 1830.
When we went there in November 2005 the front wall of the house with the porch was under scaffolding so we took a picture of the side entrance - the french windows overlooking the terrace where the enchanted audience can now listen to Sunday recitals of Chopin's music played by celebrated pianists, held here from May till end of September. Inside the house there is now a museum displaying Chopin's family portraits and copies of other documents. The house is furnished with period furniture, to give the impression of an early 19th century country manor. Chopin's music is played from tapes nearly all the time to create the unique atmosphere of the place.
Concerts - Sunday 12.00 and 15.00
Young pianists' recitals - Tuesday to Saturday 12.00
The website in the link provides also information on the other places relating to Chopin in Warsaw - the new Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Okolnik St and the Chopin Family Drawing-Room in Krakowskie Przedmiescie St.
There are four monuments to Chopin in the park around Chopin's house. I took pictures of two: Chopin's monument by Jozef Goslawski sculpted in 1969, where the great composer is shown concentrating on the music he is playing and the brass bust by Zofia Wolska, the gift of Stadtmuseum in Dusseldorf.
The manor courtyard, often called "Chopin's Manor", in which he was born, is now a museum, with portraits of the composer and his family as well as furniture from the time of his birth. The park surrounding the manor house in one of the most beautiful in Poland, and wasn't created until the inter-war period. It has an area of 7 hectares and has around 500 different types of trees and bushes, resembling a botanical garden. The Utrata River, which flows through the park, adds to the unique landscape. As it is the birthplace of such a composer, his music lives on. On the first Sunday of May, the summer piano concert series begins and lasts until the last Sunday of September. Since 1954, many Polish as well as foreign artists have taken part in the piano recitals, including many laureates of the Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. Fryderyka Chopina) The Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition).
The house where Fryderyk Chopin was born is set in in a small park. The park was created between 1931-1937 and features almost 500 different trees and bushes. There are some statues around the grounds and a small lake. From the first Sunday in May until the last Sunday in September 1 hour open air concerts are held at 11am & 3pm. During July & August concerts are also held on Saturdays at 11am. The park is open daily and costs 4zl/2zl to enter and is free on Fridays.
Fryderyk Chopin was born in this house on the 1st March 1810 though other sources say it was the 22nd February. The estate belonged to the Skarbek family and Chopin’s father Nicolas was the children’s tutor. The Chopin family moved to Warsaw when Fryderyk was 6 months old though he returned to the house on a regular basis. Though the idea of purchasing the house as a monument to Chopin was muted for a long period of time it was only in 1928 that this happened. By this time the house had fallen into disrepair and only the left annex has survived though fortunately this was the part used by the Chopin family. The house was used by German soldiers during WW2 and ended up being looted. The building of which 6 rooms survive was renovated and opened up to the public in 1949. None of the origin fittings and fixtures remain, but the house has been fitted out with furniture and paintings of the period. The house is open daily and closed on Mondays and some holidays, it costs 12/6zl to visit the house and park.
After the tour of the house we can listen to the beautiful piano concert. Chopin concerts have been organised there since 1954 at the initiative of Professor Zbigniew Drzewiecki, eminent Polish pianist and pedagogue. Butterflies are listening too...
Don't tangle on summerweb in Zelazowa Wola...
Web weaving spiders use webs to trap insects. The shape of the web varies with species. Some build orb webs, funnel, sheet, dome, mesh or tangle types of web. Some spiders do not make webs.
Before or after the concert, you can enjoy a stroll through a picturesque garden surrounding the house.