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The great Europeans who captured the spirit of their homelands.
Frederic Chopin expressed deep patriotism for Poland through his music. He loved his homeland, but he didn’t particularly consider himself a composer of Polish music. ‘What he did though was give Poland a voice in classical music,’ says Katherine. In his teens, he composed settings of poems by a number of Polish nationalists, and many of his pieces contain snippets of melodies from Polish songs. ‘In particular, his choice of the Mazurka - a Polish peasant dance – makes his nationalism more obvious.'
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