Chopin Benches

  City Centre         27 May 2024

The good city of Warsaw has devised one more way to bring Chopin to the people, and that’s by way of fifteen musical benches that have been placed at key sites connected with his life since 2019. Made of cast iron and polished black granite, these benches, designed by Professor Jerzy Porębski, feature a button which when pressed unleash a thirty second torrent of Chopin. They also come equipped with a route map as well as brief explanations in Polish and English as to the site’s relevance to Chopin. However, that’s not all. These benches see Chopin go techno: each one comes inscribed with a QR code – scan it and download the Chopin App to access audioguides, Chopin melodies, facts, figures and photographs.

Chopin Bench Locations & Music

1. Krasińskich Square – Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No. 4; 39 seconds.
2. Miodowa Street – Mazurka in A minor Op. 68; 34 seconds.
3. Kozia Street – Song "Merrymaking"; 29 seconds.
4. Music Conservatory – Waltz in E-flat major Op. 18; 39 seconds.
5. Wessel Palace – Grande Polonaise in E-flat major Op. 22; 35 seconds.
6. Radziwiłł Palace – Rondo in C minor Op.1; 32 seconds.
7. Saxon Palace – Mazurka in B-flat major Op. 7 No. 1; 36 seconds.
8. Saxon Garden – Nocturne in B major Op. 9 No. 3; 47 seconds.
9. The Visitationists Church – Largo in E-flat major (op. posth.); 46 seconds.
10. Kazimierzowski Palace – Waltz in E minor (op. posth.); 45 seconds.
11. Czapski Palace – Waltz in D-flat major Op. 64 No. 1; 42 seconds.
12. The Holy Cross Church – Funeral March from Sonata in B-flat minor Op.35; 45 seconds.
13. Zamoyski Palace – Etude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12; 42 seconds.
14. Chopin Museum/Gniński/Ostrogski Palace – Ballade in F minor Op. 52; 42 seconds.
15. Fryderyk Chopin Statue in the Royal Baths Park – Polonaise in A major Op. 40 No. 1; 39 seconds.


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