Annual celebration for Beethoven and Lizst in Krzyzanowice
year the city of Krzyzanowice, in the south of Poland, celebrates the memory
of the passage of Beethoven and Lizst in the beautiful region. Both musicians
where there once or twice as guests in the Lichnowsky Palace, and performed
in the surronding cities of Ratibor (Poland) and Opava (Czech Republic).
year, the mayor of Krzyzanowice, Mr. Leonard Fulneczek, invited members
of the Lichnowsky Family for the celebrations and on the 30th of may, Eduardo
Lichnowsky arrived for the first time in Poland to participate in the festivities.
"I was treated as a son or grandson from Krzyzanowice, and could prove
the famous polish hospitality. The day started with the ceremony at the
Lichnowsky Palace, where many local, national and international authorities
placed flowers in the musicians monuments in front of the palace.
were delegations from Poland, Germany, Hungary and Czech Republic present.
After the speeches and interviews we followed to a square with a small garden
in front of the castle's entrance to inaugurate a new work from the sculpter
George Latton, a homage to Liszt.
we went to the city's church, a very nice building made by the Lichnowsky
family, where we spend a marvellous time with a mass and later a very beautiful
concert. I have to mention that the coral was conducted by Mr. Fulneczek
and his students. On this ocasion, I received a gift from the town, a composition
by Liszt and Felix Lichnowsky, which honoured me.
The day continued with a stop for drinks and lunch, as well as the presentation
of dances from the lovely children of Krzyzanowice. I took advantage of
the ocasion to experiment the local beer, which was very good.
day ended at the Chalupki Castle, once the property of the Rothschild family,
now a restaurant and hotel. We had a very nice dinner with all the delegations
present and the climate was informal, with me drinking more polish vodka
than I should. I was invited to stay the night at the Castle and the city
mayor invited me to stay in the city for a longer time. I
will be posting my week in Poland soon, as I met many people and saw many
would like to thank the city of Krzyzanowice and specially Mr Fulneczek,
Mr Gerhart and all people involved in providing me such a good time".
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