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The Beginnings of Polish Musicology

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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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Contents

Introduction

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

Conclusion

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

Afterword

Abbreviations

Bibliography

Secondary literature

Primary literature

Archival collections

Index