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New app: Witold Lutoslawski’s guide to Warsaw

Ahead of a return to Warsaw next month, we asked colleagues at the Chopin Institute where we could find the places that are relevant to the life and work of this years’s centenarian Polish composer.

Easy, they said. We’ve created an app for it.

Here’s how it looks:


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  1. PK Miller says:

    Wow! I often wish I could go to Poland and visit not only places like this but my grandmother’s ancestral home outside Gdansk. Of course there’s an app for it! If only I could down load the Enterprise’s Transporter to my Android… Seriously, the technology may never take the place of a human tour guide but it’s the next best thing. I loved the one in the Jewish Museum in NY that guided me through the exhibits w/capabilities of “rewinding,” “fastforwarding,” pausing etc.

  2. Thank you for this, Norman. A most timely posting fo rme. The Lutoslawskian guide to Warsaw calls to mind my own musical connection to the city’s geography.

    My 88-year-old mother is from Warsaw, where until WW2 her father had a restaurant. The establishment is celebrated in the song ‘Bal u Grubego Joska’, also named ‘Bal na Gnojnej’. “Joska” was my grandfather Josef Ladowski. “Gnojnej” was the district in which the restaurant was located. The Nazis destroyed Gnojnej. As I have learned in preparing for this tour, however, Gnojnej lingers in the memories of Poles, in part thanks to the song, which is well-known throughout the country.

    Recently the Royal String Quartet released a recording of Lutosławski (as well as Penderecki). At the same time, it has released a recording of ‘Bal na Gnojnej’ and other Polish songs, with the well-known Polish actress Stanisława Celińska.

    I’ll be in Warsaw playing that song, and others, at the Singer Jewish Music Festival on August 25 (and elsewhere in Poland after that,)

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