Friday, 30 November 2012

Michał Kleofas Ogiński

Poland and Belarus are equally proud of the fact that this man was born and lived in our lands. 

Michał Ogiński lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became famous in the country and far beyond its borders.Belarus and Poland were one state at a time. It was called the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was a confederation of the Polish state and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1772, three neighboring countries have decided to divide the land of Poland and pick them yourself. In 1793, there was a second division of the state and in 1794, Tadeusz Kosciuszko uprising began.

Michał Ogiński participated in this rebellion. Prior to that, he was state treasurer of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. As a patriot of his country, he could not stay on the sidelines. After the defeat of the uprising Michał Kleofas 
Ogiński wrote a very beautiful Polonaise in A Minor, which is famous in Poland and Belarus and other countries. It is called "Farewell to the Fatherland." But many people call it by the name of its author: Polonaise Oginski.

I suggest you listen to the polonaise. It is well-known in many European countries.

Here Polonaise played on the organ

Now you will hear Polonaise in Belarusian language.

1 comment:

  1. On the second year of my studies we had little about this man during the lecture about Polish Romanticism.