Archive for March, 2005

Oscar for Polish Composer

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

Oscar recognized the Polish composer Jan A. P. Kaczmarek this year for his music to the film, „Finding Neverland”.

Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, who has lived for many years in Hollywood, has written the music for many important films. In his opinion, there appear only two or three really good films each year, among the hundreds of mediocrities.
„Finding Neverland” includes many of the elements of a first-rate film. It tells the emotional history of the life of the Scottish writer, James Barrie (1860-1939). Marc Foster, a well-known director with many Oscars already to his name, adopted this theme and engaged many of the greatest Hollywood stars in both leading and supporting roles. (more…)

The Family of Fryderyk Chopin

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

The Chopin family home was blessed.  They were the perfect example of a loving family – dwelling within an intimate, secure atmosphere; all shared a deep, sincere love and respect for each other.  During his youth, Beethoven endured a troubled relationship with his alcoholic father. Bach was orphaned at an early age and had to live off the kindness of his brother. Mozart, the child prodigy, had been exploited shamelessly and was  driven to the point of exhaustion by ceaseless traveling resulting from the overblown ambitions of his father.  But the Chopin family wrapped young Fryderyk in a warm blanket of love and affection, where he was doted on not only by his parents, but by his sisters as well.  We know of the family’s closeness and affection through family correspondence. Even now, Chopinists continue to find new evidence solidifying the picture of an idyllic family life. (more…)