Warsaw Central Station named after Polish composer

Stanisław Moniuszko, an outstanding 19th-century Polish composer, dubbed father of the Polish national opera, was named the patron of the Central Railway Station in Warsaw on Saturday.

The initiative is part of the celebrations of the "Year of Stanisław Moniuszko', established by the Polish Sejm (lower house) in 2019 to honour the Polish composer born 200 years ago.

Deputy Prime Minister and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, who took part in the ceremony which named the Central Railway Station in Warsaw after the composer, noted that the "Year of Moniuszko" was established not only by the Polish parliament, but also proclaimed by UNESCO at the request of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus.

The minister stressed that "Moniuszko deserves" the plaque which commemorates the patron on the railway station building.

"Generally speaking, he is probably undervalued," Gliński said. Primarily, two of his works are widely known (the operas Halka and The Haunted Manor - PAP), but he is a great artist who wrote many operas and operettas, several hundred songs, religious compositions, masses and has many other artistic achievements," the culture minister pointed out.

"The world should know more about Moniuszko, and we, too, should learn about his music" the deputy prime minister declared.

Saturday's ceremony was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, members of the Moniuszko Music Society, relatives of the composer and authorities of the PKP Intercity rail carrier.

Stanisław Moniuszko was born in 1819 in Ubiel, near Smilavichy, in today's Belarus to a landed gentry family. He was a Polish composer, conductor, teacher and the author of many songs and operas filled with patriotic folk themes.

Moniuszko died on June 4, 1872 in Warsaw, of a sudden heart attack and was buried in the city's Powązki Cemetery.