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New book « KARL XII: Kungamord »

- Videos - the author Cecilia Nordenkull explains:
    . Mordet (svenska, 8 min.) | Interview (2 min.)

    . Murder (English, 8 min.) | Meurtre (f
rançais)
    . The whole book (4 min.): 
Svenska | English
    . Händel, Bach och Karl XII (
svenska, 4 min.)
Book at Amazon | Back cover | The author
Halländsk bokmässa | Utställare 2018
Seminar 1718, Norge | Video | Program
Göteborg Book Fair, September 2018
Hällekis Kuriren, Sverige (15 September 2018)
Twitter @KarlXII_Sverige |
FAQ and comments
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Program of Fredriksten fortress, Nov.-Dec. 2018
 
"Boken inneholder revolusjonerendenye teorier, om hva som skjedde rundt Karl XII for 300 år siden."  -  Oberst Dag Strømsæther, Kommandant på Fredriksten festning, Halden

The author Cecilia Nordenkull, Icons of Europe will present her new book "KARL XII: Kungamord" at BOKMÄSSAN Göteborg Book Fair, September 2018. Cecilia Nordenkull konkluderar i KARL XII: Kungamord, att kungen mördades  av sin tyske svåger, Sveriges överbefälhavare  Fredrik av Hessen (sedermera kung av Sverige), med stöd av utländska makter.

Icons newly researched / Icon series (Click images)
Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718):  the mystery of his death now resolved by Icons of Europe.
Charles XII of Sweden
Peter the Great of Russia (1772-1825), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Peter the Great
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Napoleon
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849), subject of investigative research, publications and musical events by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Fryderyk Chopin
Shakespeare

Our letter in 2011 in
The New York Times

« An open-minded debate of Shakespeare’s identity could lead to important benefits ... “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.”.»
Jenny Lind (1820-1887), subject of investigative research, publications and musical events by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Jenny Lind
George Sand (1804-1876), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
George Sand
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Oscar Wilde
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Mendelssohn
William Shakespeare (1564-1616): authorship and parentage being investigated by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Shakespeare

Publications in print (Click on the images)  Back to the top
“The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it” - Oscar Wilde
"Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale" by Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen, Icons of Europe (2003). "Chopin's Dream" (2013), publication summarizing Icons of Europe's resaerch on Chopin and Jenny Lind.

"Bel Canto: Chopin Teaching the Art of Singing" (2013), publication of Icons Europe's research paper presented at a conference organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

The author Cecilia Nordenkull, Icons of Europe will present her new book "KARL XII: Kungamord" at BOKMÄSSAN Göteborg Book Fair, September 2018.

Books in the pipeline (Click on the images)  Back to the top

Our Chopin research unveils:

- The origin of Chopin's "well known song method" (UK 1840), and his tutoring of Jenny Lind (daughter of Karl XIV Johan = Jean Bernadotte) in singing and piano in 1841-1842; 

- Several cadenze Chopin appears to have created for his pupils, and how Jenny Lind inspired his music, tried four times to marry him, and made an arrangement of Mazurka Op..24/3 set to Italian words ("Faithful love ...").

- How Jenny Lind, monarchs, artists and the UN celebrated Chopin's legacy (Lind's role later covered up).

Evidence 2005 + Icon series | NIFC

"Fryderyk Chopin: Duchy of Warsaw" (2018), Icons of Europe publication based on investigation by Cecilia Nordenkull-Jorgensen.

"Bonaparte: Marseille 1793" (2017), Icons of Europe publication based on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.

"Peter the Great: Ättlingar i Sverige" (2016), Icons of Europe publicatio nbased on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.


 

 

     

Grapeshot cannon: image from the book "KARL XII: Kungamord!" by Cecilia Nordenkull, Icons of Europe, Brussels.

 

 

     
Correcting #FakeHistory

We are rewriting sections
of the official biographies of
the above Icons.

Books set for 2018-2019

- Charles XII of Sweden
- Fryderyk Chopin*
- Peter the Great
- Napoleon Bonaparte
- Oscar Wilde

* Replaces Le.Rêve.de.Chopin.

Recent discoveries

1. How and why Charles XII was murdered in 1718.
2. Chopin taught sopranos the
    Art of singing (voice coach).
3. Surprising links between
    Napoleon and Chopin.
4. Napoleon met François Clary
    at a supper in 1793.
5. Tsar Peter's grandson
    Alexander born secretly 1723.
6. Shakespeare worked with
    a stable of bards. His parents ...
7. Oscar Wilde's true story.
8.  An odd Nobel Prize in 1923.

"Our view of facts thought to be known can change."

Prof. Dr Irena Poniatowska, Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw, president of the Polish Chopin Academy, and member of the Program Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute - commenting in Chopin in the World on Icons of Europe's first book Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale (2003).


Co-productions (Click on the images)  Back to the top
Our investigative research of Icons is a rich source of content for multimedia applications

"La Mort de Chopin", lithograph after Félix Barrias painting (1883). Icons of Europe's research overturns a myth about the scenario.
Musical drama: "Chopin and The Nightingale"
Six acts for piano, two sopranos and narrator

After the performance in Warsaw 2004, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom wrote to his government:  "It ingeniously brought together historical and musical elements from all over Europe to bring out the seamlessness of great European culture."

Jenny Lind Gala Concert "The Dream of Chopin" produced by Icons of Europe in Christ Church, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK, 13 June 2013. Copyright © 2013 Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Concert with a story for piano, soprano and narrator
"The Dream of Chopin" | Video snippets


Great moments (Click on the images)  Back to the top
Astoria Brussels, Swedish Embassy Warsaw, Royal Ontario Museum, Private home, Hôtel Prince de Galles Paris, Christ Church (Malvern, UK), New York Opera Museum, BBC ...
Chamber music concert produced by Icons of Europe in Brussels in 2002 to celebrate the EU enlargement. Copyright © 2002 Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Chamber music by seven composers | Video
Celebration of the EU enlargement, 2002
"Chopin and The Nightingale" (Lasne 2003), musical drama written and produced by Icons of Europe. Copyright © 2003 Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Musical drama with high-level patronage
Brussels | Warsaw | Toronto | New York
Piano recital at Hôtel Prince de Galles, Paris to celebrate Icons of Europe's discovery of the hotel today housing the space of Chopin's appartment at 74, Rue de Chaillot.
BBC / Icons of Europe film on Chopin, 2010
Concert at Hôtel PdG | 74, Rue de Chaillot
Chagall's large painting "The Concert" (1957) with Chopin symbolism discovered by Icons of Europe. Decoding of symbolism in artwork ("Aha!  ...")
Chagall's "Le Concert" (1957) ~ "Rêve de Chopin" (1859)

Also celebrated by us (Click on the images)  Back
POLAND's cultural heritage
 
Detail of the Chopin monument in Lazienki Park, Warsaw.The Orpheus symbolism has been explained by Icons of Europe, Brussels. The ancient Polish coronation sword that (together with Chopin manuscripts and other priceless Polish treasures) was kept in safekeeping in Canada during World War2 (ref. research by Icons of Europe, Brussels).
- Notably on Chopin's life, music and legacy.
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BBC / Icons of Europe film on Chopin, 2010.
- World's largest Twitter on @ChopinFryderyk
- Also:  EU Commission | Polish treasures, WW2.
- Symbolism in artworks celebrating Chopin.
- Fryderyk Chopin Institute consulted periodically.
- Below:  Chopin experts and Polish ambassadors.
Legendary Icons

Andersen, Bach, Bartók, Beethoven Jean Bernadotte, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dvořák, Einstein, Manuel Garcia Sr, Holmboe, Karl XII, Kodály, Jenny Lind, Liszt, Martinu, Mendelssohn, Newton, Paderewski, Tsar Peter, Rachmaninov, Ravel, George Sand, Scriabin, Shakespeare, Thomas Tellefsen, Verdi, Pauline Viardot, Queen Victoria, Wagner, Oscar Wilde ... 

Events of national significance
  Icons / country

- Belgium
- Bulgaria
- Czech Republic
- Denmark
- Hungary
- Ireland
- Poland
- Spain
- Sweden
- United Kingdom
- Whole of Europe


Patronage and sponsorship (Click on the logos)  Back




 

Chopin and The Nightingale
Musical drama, Lasne 2003

Ambassador of Poland to Belgium
Ambassador of Sweden
Ambassador of France
Ambassador of the United Kingdom
Ambassador of Germany
Ambassador of Denmark
Ambassador of Sweden to Poland

Royal Danish Embassy
Brussels


 

Chopin and The Nightingale
Concert and Drama, Toronto 2005

Patronage by:
British High Commissioner to Canada
H.E. Mr David Reddaway CMG MBE

With the endorsement of:
Consulate General of Poland in Toronto
Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw
Embassy of Canada in Brussels
Stop TB Canada

Supported by:
Toronto Public Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
World Health Organization


Programme

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Organization of Icons of Europe

Inaugurated in 2002 under the auspices of the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Mr.Walter.Schwimmer.

Jens Anker Jorgensen, co-founder and president.  Formerly with McKinsey and other multinationals.  MSc, MBA Insead, five languages.  Letters to International New York Times since 2010. Twitter account.

Cecilia Nordenkull-Jorgensen, co-founder and responsible for research.  A former vice-president of JP.Morgan.  Internet pioneer.  MBA Boston University.  Member of Karolinska förbundet, Stockholm.

Daniel Blumenthal,  Renowned American concert pianist, professor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels.  Contributor to Queen Elisabeth Competition.  Musical advisor to Icons of Europe.

We work with multilingual editorial teams.

Investigations = key

På svenska:  Icons of Europe, Bryssel, invigt 2002 under beskydd av Europarådets generalsekreterare Walter Schwimmer, ägnar sig åt utredningar och publikationer om stora personligheter i Europas historia.

Purpose of our investigative research, publications, events, advice:  To align legacy or symbolism of Icons of art, music, literature, science, governance in support of objectives of key institutions (re. identity, innovation, diplomacy, trade, tourism, health, post-truth).

Research policy:  We prefer
original period information, cross-checked in context and timeline, rather than relying on biographies. 
About "historical truth".

 

Music in Lasne
(piano, voice, cello)

Three Chinese pianists in the
Queen Elisabeth Competition 2003

Event | Music | Interview
 

"Chopin and The Nightingale" (Lasne 2003), musical drama written and produced by Icons of Europe. Copyright © 2003 Icons of Europe, Brussels. Recital at Icons of Europe: « DVORAK and BRAHMS: Creative friendship ». Copyright © 2004 Icons of Europe, Brussels.

Moreover:
Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin
Musical drama, Brahms, Dvorak
Site plan | Timeline | Credit

Cecilia Nordenkull >>
Karl XII seminar in Norway >>
(photo: Tom Skjeklesæther,
Halden Arbeiderblad).
Interviewed by the mayor.

Consultations with
The Fryderyk Chopin
Institute (NIFC)


- FC Museum, 2003
- Prof. Poniatowska, 2003
- Publications, 2003-2004
- Experts roundtable, 2004
- New research report, 2005
- Prof. Tomaszewski, 2005

- Director of NIFC, 2006
- BBC film on Chopin, 2010
- Paris conference, 2013
- Experts say | En français

Comments by patrons

- Polish Ambassador to BE
- Czech Ambassador to BE
- SE Ambassador to PL
- Toronto City Councillor
- British High Commission
- Mayor of Lodz, Poland
- Polish Ambassador to EU
- Testimonials by guests

Cecilia Nordenkull-Jorgensen, Icons of Europe (Brussels) presenting her new book « KARL XII: Kungamord » at Halden’s History Seminar 1718 in Norway on 6 October 2018.


Patron of the arts
The founders of
Icons of Europe have provided financial support to the renovation of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

The main concert hall of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

 

WHO's Stop TB Partnership
As a Stop-TB partner, we have provided advocacy on the tuberculosis fight since 2003 through musical events and artistic publications as well as financial support. Chopin and many other Icons died of TB.  This infectious disease has re-emerged as a global killer in the 21st century (aggravated by multidrugs resistance).
  Edvard Munch: "The Sick Child I", lithograph, 1896.


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