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Żelazowa Wola [ʐɛlaˈzɔva ˈvɔla] is a village in Gmina Sochaczew"> Gmina Sochaczew, Sochaczew County"> Sochaczew County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland.[1] It lies on the Utrata River, some 8 kilometres (5 mi) northeast of Sochaczew and 46 km (29 mi) west of Warsaw. Żelazowa Wola has a population of 65.

The village is the birthplace of Polish-French pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin. It is known for its picturesque Masovian landscape, including numerous winding streams surrounded by willows and hills.

In 1909, in celebration of Chopin's centenary, Russian composer Sergei Lyapunov wrote the symphonic poem, Zhelazova Vola (Żelazowa Wola), Op. 37 (Russian: Желазова Вола), "in memory of Chopin".[2]

Frédéric Chopin monument in Żelazowa Wola">Chopin monument at Żelazowa Wola, by Józef Gosławski

Housed in an annex to the Chopins' home, surrounded by a park, is a museum devoted to the composer. In summer, concerts of his music are performed by pianists from all over the world, who play inside the family home. In an adjacent park is a Frédéric Chopin monument in Żelazowa Wola">monument to the pianist, designed by Józef Gosławski.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) – TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01. 
  2. ^ Crocks Newsletter
  3. ^ Rudzka, Anna; Hanna Wróblewska-Straus (2009). "O pomniku romantycznym słów kilka". Józef Gosławski. Rzeźby, monety, medale (in Polish). Warsaw: Alegoria. pp. 32–33. ISBN 978-83-62248-00-1. 

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Coordinates: 52°16′N 20°20′E / 52.267°N 20.333°E / 52.267; 20.333