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This is the story of Jane Stirling, Frederic Chopin's pupil and friend - the story that began in Scotland in 1848 and has rested dormant ever since, for nearly two centuries. And after so many years and so many generations, it is our task to rectify one of the greatest lacunae in musical history and correct this travesty of historical justice. We are here to tell the story of the woman that saved the legacy of the Great Romantic - Frederic Chopin - the story of she who did so much for him and received so little in return.

 

Time: 10 October 2018, 5.30 p.m
Venue: National Library of Scotland, Board Room, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh


Anna Dębowska: piano
Marcin Jaroszek: narration

Programme:

F. Chopin
Nocturne No 2 in D flat major op. 27 
Nocturne in C sharp minor op. posth.
Prelude No 15 in D flat major op. 28
Nocturne No 1 in F minor op. 55
Mazurka No 1 in B flat major op. 7
Prelude No 20 in C minor op. 28

Nocturne No 2 in E flat major op. 55 

During the event, the audience had an opportunity to listen to a variety of Chopin's  compositions,  including the two Nocturnes which he dedicated to Jane Stirling, performed by the inimitable Anna Dębowska.  Contextualized by Marcin Jaroszek's narration, "An Evening with Jane Stirling" spsn a story of love, devotion, disillusionment and unconditional respect for this somewhat whimsical Romantic genius. It tells the story of Jane Wilhelmina Stirling, who gave so much and received so little. It told a story that has rested dormant for nearly two centuries - a story that will now unfold...

 

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