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Turzno

Turzno, park

Turzno

 

In 1825, during his second summer spent in Szafarnia, in Dobrinland, Fryderyk made several excursions further afield. One of these was a trip to Turzno, in Culmland. ‘Tomorrow morning we set off for Turzno, and we are not to return until Wednesday’, wrote Fryderyk from Szafarnia to his parents on 26 August 1825 [Sydow, i, 55]. This was a trip beyond the Dobrinland boundary, and also beyond the then Prussian-Russian border. Although this area lay at that time under Prussian administration, the estate to which Chopin set off from Szafarnia was a real traditional Polish manor and a bastion of patriotism. It contained a rich art collection and an excellently equipped library. It is likely that there was also a good instrument—a clavichord or possibly even a piano. From the beginning of the nineteenth century, the owner of the estate in Turzno was Augustyn Bart這miej Dzia這wski, who, together with his family, received the young virtuoso from Warsaw in the late summer of 1825. The details of Chopin’s stay in Turzno are not known. All we do know is that the visit lasted several days. Another visit to Turzno is linked to the composer’s travel plans, specified in a letter to his parents of 6 July 1827, written from Kowalewo, near P這ck: ‘When we’re leaving for P這ck, it would be madness on my part not to mention it. So today in P這ck, tomorrow in Ro軼iszewo, the day after tomorrow in Kikó, a couple of days in Turzno, a couple of days in Koz這wo and the next moment in Gda雟k, and back again’ [Kobyla雟ka, Korespondencja…, p. 44].

 

photo Ewa S豉wi雟ka-Dahlig