he was not only a wonderful pianist but the statesman and the first Polish prime-minister. Paderewski played an important role in meeting with President Woodrow Wilson and obtaining the explicit inclusion of independent Poland as point 13 in Wilson's peace terms in 1918.
Paderewski was full of energy, he had great looks, was tall, had lots of fluffy hair and had a charismatic personality.
The Polish politician, statesman, and co-founder and chief ideologue of the right-wing National Democracy ("Endecja"), Roman Stanisław Dmowski ((9 August 1864 – 2 January 1939) had a scientist's background and thus preferred logic and reason over emotion and passion. He once told famous pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski that music was "mere noise". Of course I strongly disagree with Dmowski, even from a scientific point of view. Music is not noise, but harmony, melody and an esthetic compesition of sounds.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (Polish: [iɡˈnatsɨ ˈjan padɛˈrɛfskʲi]; 18 November [O.S. 6 November] 1860 – 29 June 1941) was a Polish pianist and composer, freemason, politician, statesman and spokesman for Polish independence. He was a favorite of concert audiences around the world. His musical fame opened access to diplomacy and the media.
A portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, by painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1890
In 1919, in the newly-independent Poland, Józef Klemens Piłsudski (5 December 1867 – 12 May 1935), who was the Chief of State, appointed Paderewski as the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (January 1919 – December 1919). He and Dmowski represented Poland at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, dealing with issues regarding territorial claims and minority rights. Paderewski then brought hard evidence of Soviet atrocities to international attention, such as the targeting of Jews during the Polish–Soviet War, when the Soviet Union failed to conquer Poland. He signed the Treaty of Versailles, which recognized Polish independence won after WWI and the subsequent Soviet invasion was halted.
Paderewski's government achieved remarkable milestones in just ten months: democratic elections to Parliament, ratification of the Versailles Treaty, passage of the treaty on protection of ethnic minorities in the new state, establishment of a public education system. It also tackled border disputes, unemployment, ethnic and social strife, the outbreak of epidemics and it averted looming famine after the devastation of war. After the elections, Paderewski resigned his Prime Minister's post, but, however, he continued to represent Poland abroad at International conferences and at the League of Nations. Thanks to his diplomatic skills – he was the only delegate who was not assigned a translator, as he was fluent in seven languages – and great personal esteem, Poland was able to negotiate thorny issues with her neighbours Ukraine and Germany and gain international respect in the process.
Paderewski was a good musician, composer, minister of foreign affairs and diplomat for Poland. He knew his languages and that's why he was able to communicate with foreign diplomats, ministers of foreign affairs, and no doubt also with presidents, prime ministers and kings and queens. The language of the European nobility and the international corps diplomatique was French back then. French was the language of the Euroepan upperclasses and diplomats. Paderewski belonged to that world of classical music, diplomacy, European nobility and European culture in general and central Euroepan culture in particular. The Second language in Europe was German back then and the third language English and then came Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian and Yiddish -an international language of millions of Europeans in a dozen of European countries-.