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The Beginnings of Polish Musicology


Małgorzata Sieradz

The book presents the history of the only strictly scientific Polish musicological periodical Kwartalnik Muzyczny. It shows how the editorial board of the periodi-cal met with true approval and harsh criticism. The subject allows the author to present the beginnings of Polish musicology and its evolution through three epochs: the late partitioning period, the interwar period of Poland’s independ-ence, and the early years after the Second World War
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ISocio-institutional contexts of the establishment of Kwartalnik Muzyczny

1. Panorama of Polish musicological journalism until 1910 – Roman Chojnacki’s Młoda Muzyka and Przegląd Muzyczny – WTM and Henryk Opieński’s Kwartalnik Muzyczny (1911–14) – collaboration with Adolf Chybiński – clarification of the concept of a musicological quarterly – university series

2. Societies, associations, institutes of the interwar period: ‘Club of professional music press’ – Polish Society for Contemporary Music – Polish Musicological Society – Frederic Chopin Institute – Association of Early Music Lovers and Publishing Society of Polish Music as an institutional background to Kwartalnik Muzyczny

3. Music magazines of the interwar period: Lwowskie Wiadomości Muzyczne i Literackie, Poznań’s Przegląd Muzyczny, Mateusz Gliński’s Muzyka – other environmental and local musical magazines – controversies over the model of an expert journal of the milieu

IIHopes of Polish musicology – Kwartalnik Muzyczny in the years 1928–1933

1. The idea of publishing a musicological quarterly – preparatory work – establishing Kwartalnik Muzyczny: the periodical’s concept – programme assumptions: the first editorial – reactions of the milieu

2. Musicological circles in Poland (Lviv, Cracow, Poznań, Warsaw) as addresses of the Kwartalnik – socio-scientific contexts: ideas about the functioning of the musicological environment – main topics of interest – other possibilities of publishing musicological studies: academic publishing

3. Musicology among academic disciplines in the interwar period – systematics, discussions

4. Authors and subjects: historical-musical work – ‘technical history’ (Chybiński) versus ‘live history’ (Jachimecki); contemporary music as a subject for research; music theory and acoustics; philosophy, aesthetics, sociology; psychology, pedagogy; ethnography and musical folklore; themed editions

5. Muzyka Polska (1934–39) – Polski Rocznik Muzykologiczny (1935, 1936)

IIIDifficult years – Kwartalnik Muzyczny in the years 1948–1950

1. New context of the functioning of the academic milieu and their publications – ‘bourgeoisie musicology’

2. Ideologisation of learning about music – conferences, conventions, congresses – Marxist musicology – Państwowy Instytut Sztuki – gradual radicalisation in academia

3. An attempt to continue the formula of the magazine – Adolf Chybiński and his collaborators (Zofia Lissa, Tadeusz Ochlewski, Józef M. Chomiński – scope of cooperation and organisation of editorial work) – new organisation of publishing work (PWM, PIS)

4. Authors and subjects as well as concepts, problems and work methods – continuation of the pre-war work – around the current issues of musical socialist realism – thematic projects


Premises of the publishing crisis – change of generation – new publishing initiatives in the field of musicological periodicals: Muzyka, Studia Muzykologiczne, Rocznik Chopinowski




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