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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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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

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

At the end of the third decade of the twentieth century the foundation of the first Polish periodical which could be described as musicological, entirely controlled by representatives of the academic community, was preceded by almost a hundred years of activity in the field by music critics and journalists, musicians and musically educated amateurs who laid the foundations for native scientific journalism. Already in autumn 1820, a prospectus announcing the first Tygodnik Muzyczny magazine appeared in several Warsaw bookshops and music shops. Karol Kurpiński was the creator, editor and primary author of the magazine. In his own words, it was supposed to contain a ‘dissection of music in general, various information concerning music, remarks about works, about their performance and all antiquities and musical novelties. … Moreover, [there were to be] exceptions from the life of famous composers and news about new musical works.’ Kurpiński’s greatest wish was to explain to the readers the ‘grammar’ of the language of music. He lamented that the average listener could only divide music into ‘beautiful’ and ‘hideous, boring,’ having no basis and knowledge to explain why they like some music or not. Popular literary criticism at that time was based on an article, O klasyczności i romantyczności tudzież o duchu poezji polskiej1 [About classicism and romanticism and the spirit of Polish poetry] by Kazimierz Brodziński, which initiated a broad discussion and provided a powerful force and a kind of programme referring to all fields of art, and Rozprawa o metryczności i rytmiczności języka polskiego [Discourse about the metricism and rhythmicism of the Polish language] by Józef Elsner2 and Kilka rad dla ←15 | 16→piszących poezje do śpiewania [Some advice for those writing poetry for singing] from Józef Dionizy Minasowicz,3 and an artistic exemplum of patriotic poems with the title Śpiewy historyczne [Historical songs] by Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, which a group of composers set to music. Kurpiński undertook the task of bringing potential readers of his periodicals closer to texts primarily concerning the history of music (‘Historia opery aż do opery polskiej’ [The history of opera up to Polish opera], but also ‘O muzyce dawnych Egipcjan’ [About the music of ancient Egyptians]), aesthetic issues (‘O skutkach muzyki’ [About the effects of music], ‘Czy potrzebna ludziom muzyka’ [Do people need music?]) and theoretical (‘Kilka słów o fudze’ [A few words about fugue]). He mainly wrote himself, though, for example, he invited Minasowicz for the preparation of the ‘Foreign news’ section, Alojzy Żółkowski for the discussion of local news and opera reviews and a few other anonymous authors. He also tried to encourage cooperation with readers: ‘Everybody in the country, as well as eminent amateurs and artists from overseas, are invited to give remarks, insights and thoughts, or send any discoveries regarding music to the editors of this weekly.’4

The relatively slim milieu of musicians educated not only in playing instruments, but also prepared for the profession in the field of music history and theory, and the small circle of trained amateurs – aristocrats and townspeople – obliged the editor-in-chief to oscillate between ambitious intentions and the actual expectations of readers. Inviting them to cooperation, he pointed out that the ‘The style is to be clear and as far as possible easy for everyone to understand. We will try to avoid dissertations which are too-learned, as well as too long because it is not our intention to write for very learned in this art, but for all those who demand to discover its secrets.’5 He wanted to make his magazine stand out among the Warsaw press through its content and graphic design. Tadeusz Przybylski pointed out that compared to other contemporary publishing houses Tygodnik Muzyczny ‘presented itself favourably with its neat and distinctive graphic layout,’6 but alas this did not help, because it only appeared from ←16 | 17→May to October 1820 and after a short break from December 1820 to June 1821 (after reactivation with the title Tygodnik Muzyczny i Dramatyczny). He finally experienced the fate that in the future for many music magazines became the norm: a short period in press, which could almost always be described with the formula used for the first time by Karol Kurpiński: ‘for a too small number of subscribers, unable to maintain it, [the magazine] cannot be published anymore.’7

Not only an excellent pianist, but also a brilliant literary journalist and music publicist, Maurycy Mochnacki, one of the most outstanding nineteenth-century music critics, remains somewhat on the margins of the history of Polish music magazines, one of the Warsaw ‘young romantics,’ whose ties of close friendship linked him with Chopin, amongst others. His pen work was related only to the daily press, but he did not attempt to create a periodical for the musicians and enlightened dilettantes, as Kurpiński had earlier, and count Cichocki did a little later. He wrote at the turn of the eighteen-twenties and thirties in the journals he edited himself, Gazeta Polska and Kurier Polski. Although his texts focused primarily on performance and interpretative matters, his general erudition, literary culture and knowledge of musical issues allowed him to go beyond the context of a concert review towards polemical articles, supported by historical-musical knowledge. While practising music criticism in the pages of popular newspapers, he knew that his texts would go to a very wide group of readers, not always musical, so as Stefan Jarociński put it, he was balancing between, ‘music criticism in a broader sense … [covering] all research or consideration of music with the intention of pronouncing opinions on its subject (value judgement), [and] in a narrower – similar action, but performed by a competent person,’8 as was Mochnacki.

After several years of absence from the market of Polish music magazines, when news about concert and publishing life, sometimes information about musical events abroad or news from the life of leading composers and ←17 | 18→virtuosos only appeared in the daily press and cultural magazines and papers ‘for women,’ Józef count Cichocki, then known as a Warsaw animator and organiser of musical life, an amateur musician, activist of the Resursa Kupiecka [the Merchant Association], who served, among others, through the fact that he was one of the first to reach for Polish music ‘antiquities,’ publishing ten psalms by Mikołaj Gomółka, took up editing and publishing Pamiętnik Muzyczny Warszawski. Opening the first issue, he wrote: ‘When for a dozen years or even more, we have no separate magazine for the subject of music, when none of our artists and musical amateurs, despite their abilities, publish and seeing such a need, I undertook, until someone who is more zealous will appear, to publish Pamiętnik Muzyczny.’

Cichocki, although he was a zealous propagator of music and ‘dilettante scholar’ in this field (contrary to Kurpiński, an educated musician who had the ambition to deal with musical matter academically – according to his capabilities), his magazine was directed to undemanding recipients. Through various types of ‘reports,’ ‘varia,’ extracts from publishing catalogues, and also including musical scores brimming with a banal repertoire for piano or voice with piano, typically small salon compositions by Polish musicians, or original, little-known foreign artists, he wanted to bring the current sphere of musical life (concert, opera, publishing) closer to everyone. Apparently, however, he misjudged the target group of the magazine, because despite the lightness of the form of the Pamiętnik, the title did not gain readers and after a year, during which six numbers were published, it collapsed, despite announcing another year.

The first two Polish periodicals were generally heavily criticised by historians.9 In our opinion, however, one should agree with Dobrochna Strumiłło, who proposed a favourable evaluation of the magazines mainly due to the moment of their existence both in relation to the history of the European music press, and the time in the history of the Polish state and the realities of Warsaw in the 1820s and 1830s.10

The next decades in the field of musical writing and music criticism were marked by the achievements of several of the capital’s intellectuals and artists. The statements of a well-known journalist Józef Kenig, linked from 1843 with Gazeta Warszawska, were of an opinion-forming character, as were those of cellist and musicographer Maurycy Karasowski. As I wrote earlier elsewhere, at this time ‘ “Warsaw’s bohemians,” a group of young writers and artists, once ←18 | 19→again began to create a climate for reviving the cultural life of the Kingdom. The musical milieu used the pages of Gazeta Teatralna (a magazine dedicated to theatre, music and literature) published from February 1843 [with the fact that] in the Gazeta edited by Kiesewetter … concerts and musical spectacles were only sporadically written about [mainly in the Grand Theatre] [and] for the already well-educated Warsaw music community, the magazine did not matter much.’11 Soon, however, news presented in a generally anecdotal form, a few cursory references to concerts, curiosities mostly drawn from French sources, critically evaluated by both journalists of the Warsaw press and historians involved in this field, were to be replaced by the father of modern Polish musical periodicals, Józef Sikorski.

Although Sikorski was still a representative of the second generation of romantics and did not join a positivist formation, which was then developing among intellectuals, in terms of stylistic writing, he completely broke away from the ubiquitous ‘exalted’ form of musical journalism (as described by Elżbieta Szczepańska-Lange12 in her wide raging sketch about Sikorski), and limited himself up to then mainly with concert reports: ‘through destroying a certain order in relations between the music and journalistic circles of Warsaw, he brought about the restoration of shaky criteria for the evaluation of music and the revival of musical criticism’13 absent in such a wide range since the times of Mochnacki.

The future creator of Ruch Muzyczny had all the basics to write at a high level of erudition. He studied at the Warsaw S.B. Linde Lyceum and through singing in the choir came into contact with Warsaw composers – Józef Stefani and Józef Elsner. Thanks to Elsner’s protection in the years 1827–29 he took lessons in the Conservatoire. In time, he began to independently become acquainted with the writings of Adolf Bernhard Marx, Johann Nikolaus Forkel, Friedrich Wilhelm Schilling, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He taught himself French and German and broadened his interests in various directions. Already at the age of twenty, thirty he was a known music teacher in Warsaw; it seemed this was his calling: in 1846 he published the handbook titled Nowa szkoła na fortepiano [New school for piano] and six years later – a collection of music rules under the title Doręcznik muzyczny. Treściwe przedstawienie muzyki dzisiejszej … ze słownikiem wyrazów muzycznych [Music handbook. A comprehensive presentation of today’s music … with a dictionary of musical words]. Earlier, however, in ←19 | 20→1843, at the time when one could only read about the musical field in the pages of the aforementioned Gazeta Teatralna that only ran for a moment, Sikorski linked up with the monthly Biblioteka Warszawska, in which at the beginning he gave the text ‘O muzyce’14 [About music], and then he ran a regular column in Ruch Muzyczny. In the fifties, he also wrote for Gazeta Wielkiego Księstwa Poznańskiego, and in the sixties – for Tygodnik Ilustrowany. From the first essays, over the next several years (until 1858) Sikorski took a very in-depth look at subjects in the fields of history, theory and aesthetics of music, and also proposed his own concept of music criticism. Surrounding himself gradually with an ever-wider circle of educated artists and intellectuals, he was preparing to create a new editorial team.

The first edition of Ruch Muzyczny is dated April 1, 1857.

A group of activists and music critics became involved in cooperation around editing of the weekly – as the subtitle announced – ‘artists and music lovers’ – Maurycy Karasowski, Apolinary Kątski, Oskar Kolberg, Stanisław Moniuszko, Józef Stefani, Józef Wieniawski and others. Such an editorial team ensured a high standard for the periodical and although the authors of the monograph about Ruch Muzyczny propose to treat the magazine as something which is ‘not a professional magazine in the full sense of the word because it’s goals are primarily education and popularisation,’15 Jarociński compares the title to the European leader, François-Joseph Fétis’s Revue Musicale.16 Most of the space in the issues was occupied by reviews and criticism of current musical events, while articles about Liszt, Berlioz or Wagner became part of a discussion on new trends in European music. Aside from the current themes, the editorial team also attempted to print historical texts about both universal music,17 and also native.18 The multitude of interests of the group of journalists related to Ruch ←20 | 21→Muzyczny made it possible to publish materials from other fields of music scholarship: music theory,19 philosophy and aesthetics,20 pedagogy and psychology,21 acoustics and physiology of hearing,22 a number of articles in the field of organology and the history of instruments as well as musical folklore (including several articles from the ethnographer and composer Oskar Kolberg).23

The magazine gathered three hundred subscribers, primarily Warsaw music lovers, though of course not just, and they were given competent information ←21 | 22→about significant music events in Poland and abroad, correspondence from the provinces was also published. A large part of the volume was taken up with articles from the areas of the history and theory of music, aesthetics, music pedagogy and reviews of compositions sent to the editorial office and catalogues of music available in Warsaw bookstores. The editorial team also carried out various social initiatives, the most spectacular being the collection of contributions for Karol Kurpiński’s gravestone.

Despite the high content and editorial standards, Ruch Muzyczny struggled with financial problems, and after the suspension of operations during the January Uprising, the editorial office did not resume work again. Shortly later, in October 1865 Tomasz Le Brun (referring to the tradition of Ruch) published the first issue of the weekly Gazeta Muzyczna i Teatralna, but the magazine only survived until 29 March 1866. Among the authors related to the editors, whose short biographies were presented by Wanda Bogdany in a monograph devoted to magazine,24 it is worth mentioning August Jeske,25 F. Stevich,26 Le Brun,27 and the creator of ‘A dozen materials for the history of music in Poland,’ Kazimierz Łada. Unfortunately, after the closure of Gazeta, publicists and music critics linked with it (and other magazines) could only write for other cultural and social periodicals and the Warsaw daily newspapers.

Ten years after Józef Sikorski’s debut in Biblioteka Warszawska Maurycy Karasowski began his career there as a critic and journalist, and in due course also as a historiographer. In 1858, he became associated with Ruch Muzyczny as a correspondent. An active musician, private music teacher, member of the orchestra of the Grand Theatre, he had a solid background in music history. This background not only allowed him to publish reviews of current concert and opera life, but also essays and journalistic texts both in the daily press and cultural artistic periodicals – in Biblioteka Warszawska, Ruch Muzyczny and, after ←22 | 23→years, in Echo Muzyczne i Teatralne. In these journals he maintained permanent columns (when he was in place), he sent correspondence from foreign travels – Prague, Paris, Dresden, and introduced the profiles of Polish composers.28 Karasowski was presented after his death in 1892 in the pages of Echo Muzyczne by the editor of the weekly, Jan Kleczyński, remembering his older friend as a person endearing himself to ‘all hearts,’ a person of ‘good character and nice manner,’ whose ‘journalistic pen … gave not inconsiderable service: his correspondence … was written with rare tact, always interesting …, though not sinfully lengthy.’29

Kleczyński himself also had a thorough musical education, which he obtained in Paris, where he studied theory, composition and piano. He was not only an active musician, but also a teacher and community activist, one of the founders of the Warszawskie Towarzystwo Muzyczne [WTM], and first and foremost (from 1880) long-time editor-in-chief of the bi-weekly (later weekly) Echo Muzyczne, Teatralne i Artystyczne (from the year 1882 together with Aleksander Rajchman). The magazine initially appeared under the title Echo Muzyczne. It was conceived, as put by Włodzimierz Poźniak, in reference to the tradition of the Elsner’s periodical sheet music publication (the series Wybór pięknych dzieł muzycznych i pieśni polskich [A Selection of beautiful works of music and Polish songs], which was published in a monthly cycle in the years 1803–05). In such a formula, however, under the supervision of the first director, Wincenty Kruziński, the publication did not have much success. Admittedly, the first changes – from sheet music publishing to a literary-artistic magazine – already took place under the leadership of Kruziński, but in the following months, the duties of the leader were taken over by his deputy, Jan Kleczyński. The size of the magazine increased, and the content was to be filled with materials from the fields of history, theory and aesthetics, and music criticism, in addition to the current correspondence and reports. Among the authors collaborating from almost the beginning of the new edition of Echo were great names amongst contemporary music critics, publicists and historians such as Aleksander Poliński, Józef Wieniawski, Władysław Żeleński, Zygmunt Noskowski, Maurycy Karasowski. The editor-in-chief himself, who previously published reviews and reports in the ←23 | 24→Warsaw Tygodnik Ilustrowany and the weekly Bluszcz, was one of the most prolific writers for the magazine. Małgorzata Woźna, the author of a biographical sketch about him, counted over seven hundred reviews, reports and articles that Kleczyński published in Echo in the years 1880–95, and all press publications that he wrote from 1867 to his death numbered nearly one thousand seven hundred and fifty.30 Reports and reviews were the primary forms of his writing, but he was also the author of many articles. Woźna divides Kleczyński’s work into several areas: 1) popularisation of musical knowledge, mainly in the field of knowledge about opera (French, Italian and Polish) and making the profiles of Polish composers more familiar (Żeleński, Noskowski, Zarębski) as well as foreign composers (Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, but also Palestrina, Bach, and the Viennese classicists), 2) promoting the appreciation of Chopin and introducing interpretative issues connected with his work, 3) discovering Podhale folklore, which in the last decades of the nineteenth century became a new phenomenon for readers, and 4) ‘the progressive trend in contemporary music,’ meaning Wagner’s work.

Kleczyński’s success as the leading cultural journalist at the time progressed along with the extension of the magazine’s formula to other arts, which at the same time significantly increased the circle of collaborators. Many writers joined: Eliza Orzeszkowa, Maria Konopnicka, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Bolesław Prus, Teofil Lenartowicz; to name but a few. Apart from those already mentioned, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Emanuel Kania, Ludwik Grosman and many others joined the music department. At the beginning of the new century, however, it gradually began to deviate from the interdisciplinary character of its content. The good fortune of the weekly, which lasted until Kleczyński’s death and a few years later, gradually began to turn. Włodzimierz Poźniak saw two causes for this: ‘premature decision to limit the range of Echo almost exclusively to musical matters’ and the extra-editorial passions of the heir of the editorial chair, Rajchman, who in 1900 became the director of the Warsaw Philharmonic and was mainly devoted to that function.31 The last issue of one of the longest-appearing cultural magazines (with an emphasis on musical culture) appeared in 1907.

Echo Muzyczne, Teatralne i Artystyczne was the periodical that foreshadowed a new era in the history of the native music magazine, slowly but steadily marked by a new generation of journalists and critics, often educated in ←24 | 25→European universities and conservatories. The new Warsaw periodical opened in the autumn of 1908 for the first Polish musicologists returning from foreign studies and critics associated with the new trend in Polish music, the ‘musical-literary bi-weekly,’ which de facto soon became a ‘bi-weekly dedicated to music.’ Roman Chojnacki initiated and led the journal, appearing up to the year 1914 and – after the war – in the short period in the years 1918–19 initially titled Młoda Muzyka, and from January 1910 as Przegląd Muzyczny (let us point out, ahead of the facts, that this had nothing to do with the journal of the same title directed in the 1920s in Poznań by Henryk Opieński). Along with the change of the title, the format and volume, as well as the list of cooperating authors, were also increased. The editor-in-chief was a young, but already well-known organiser and animator of musical life in Warsaw, a music critic and musician; particularly distinguished during the interwar period, when he was the head and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. In Przegląd another musician, conductor Romuald Haller, collaborated with him, and Stefan Gacki became the literary manager, after years the editor-in-chief of the avant-garde Almanach Nowej Sztuki.

The journal was created at a very fruitful moment for the musical milieu. The first years of the new century saw Warsaw brought to life by the activities of the new institution, the Philharmonic, whose directorate (after a few stormy years under Aleksander Rajchman) was taken over in 1908 by Henryk Melcer. Melcer was an outstanding personality in the musical world, an authority in the field of musical activity, a man who in a short time introduced into the concert repertoire compositions by the creators of a new trend in Polish music – representatives of Young Poland. He soon invited to conducting cooperation, among others, one of the Young Poland activists – Grzegorz Fitelberg – and supporter of the formation, the musicologist debuting at the same time, Henryk Opieński. In order to deepen the atmosphere of understanding and openness to new trends in art in this favourable artistic situation, the idea of initiating a new title in the milieu met with interest, although in full generalities and platitudes the opening words to the first number did not hide the fact that there were no illusions concerning the fact that knowledge in the field of musical culture falls on fertile ground:

Bringing to life a new magazine devoted to a wide range of serious art, we mainly set ourselves the task of promoting art as the only beauty and raising our artistic culture in our society. We started work at a time when all serious creativity, having a basis in the inspiration of real art in all its manifestations, meets with a total lack of interest on the part of society, and young pioneers of art … are condemned to eternal vegetation. … ←25 | 26→instead of spreading wings, we will encourage them to further work, raise their spirit, pour in faith and emphasise the good things with which we can expel the bad.32

After a few months of operation, although declaring, ‘independence of judgement’ and avoiding ‘involuntary subservience to any existing musical cliques,’ the editorial board, taking into account the opinions of the milieu, felt burdened with ‘grateful duty to pay more detailed attention to the young musicians who, despite possessing serious knowledge and talent, still had difficulty taking a prominent place among the well-known and respected.’33

To promote new art and new values in music in ideological solidarity with the members of the Young Composers’ Association, the editors sought authors and correspondents in the circle of modern educated musicologists and critics sympathetic to the Berlin ‘clique.’ Hence from the names most frequently hosted in the pages of Młoda Muzyka and Przegląd Muzyczny over the years it was consistently possible to mention – apart from the editor-in-chief – Zdzisław Jachimecki, Henryk Opieński, Józef Reiss, Alicja Simon and only a few times or just at the outset of education in the field of musicology Stefania Gerard-Festenburg (Łobaczewska), who before the war managed to publish three articles, but above all – Adolf Chybiński. Anna Porębowiczowa, who in the already quoted ‘Wstęp’ [Introduction] to Volume VII of Bibliografia Polskich Czasopism Muzycznych [Bibliography of Polish musical periodicals] characterised Chybiński’s achievements in Roman Chojnacki’s bi-weekly thus:

In addition to scholarly articles in the field of early Polish music, informing readers about the state of research in Polish musicology, he writes biographical articles about Polish and foreign musicians, reviews from books and scores as well as critical articles. Thanks to him, the issue of musical ethnography appears in the pages of a music magazine for the first time. He is seconded by other intrepid people … musicologists, writing articles, reports, reviews from various fields concerning music (history, aesthetics, psychology, music pedagogy, theory, musical culture, and others).34

In the first decade of the twentieth century, Chybiński, in addition to scholarly writing, at the same time dealt with criticism and journalism, already during his studies, he sent correspondence from Munich regarding current musical events. He cooperated with the Cracow Czas, Lviv Słowo Polskie, the monthly Krytyka, the Jesuit Przegląd Powszechny, with the weekly Świat. When in 1907, in the Warsaw-based two-year-old journal Nowa Gazeta – a journal on a high ←26 | 27→literary level and with grand ambitions in the field of cultural information – the supplement Literatura i Sztuka started to appear, texts were directed to it not only by Henryk Opieński, a collaborator from the beginning with Nowa Gazeta but also Chybiński. In the extensive, two-volume monograph on Polish music criticism at the turn of the century Magdalena Dziadek devoted a longer section to this chapter of the journalistic work of the then young adept of Munich musicology, from which we learn that ‘[The Supplement to] Przegląd Muzyczny, which was entrusted to Adolf Chybiński, was at first a review of musicological literature. The critic regularly discussed Polish and foreign textbooks and dissertations on music. As a reviewer of German books, he was submissive in relation to those musicological authorities. While reviewing Polish books, he let himself be carried away by a polemical temperament, the results of which Zdzisław Jachimecki experienced. The devastating assessment of Jachimecki’s work Muzyka w Polsce … gave rise to a passionate polemic between the two young authors, continued later in the pages of Gazeta Lwowska.’35 At the same time the author also drew attention to the fact that ‘Of more enduring significance are the musical dissertations advertised in Literatura i Sztuka, which have no … highly articulated journalistic foundation … Ruch renesansowy w literaturze muzycznej [The Renaissance movement in music literature] (1907 No. 4) was one of the first Polish works synthesising the background and objectives of the movement for the revival of early music, and above all the works on Debussy, reporting the artistic foundations of the French artist based on his own writings.’36

For Adolf Chybiński Przegląd Muzyczny became a convenient forum, appropriate for his education, for publishing the research results of the first years of independent activity – let us remember that in the same year, 1908, he obtained a diploma from the University of Munich on the basis of his work Beiträge zur Geschichte des Taktschlegens und des Kapellmeisteramtes in der Epoche der Mensuralmusik.37 His research activity was focused from the very beginning primarily on historical musicology and resulted in several dozen publications in Roman Chojnacki’s Przegląd, and by following the yearbooks, we can see how wide his interests were apart from this, increasing this number by further positions. Most of the materials were created on the basis of music relics and documents ←27 | 28→found by Chybiński in the Cracow archives.38 Here is where his first materials about the royal rorantists appeared39 and also on the subject of the Tabulatura Joannis de Lublin,40 supplemented with contributions restoring the awareness of biographies of Early Polish composers – Johannes Borimius and Jacek Różycki41 and many lesser, unknown musicians. In the field of the universal history of music of earlier ages, he presented a panorama of the European Renaissance,42 a series of articles devoted to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach (moreover, left unfinished due to the suspension of the magazine’s activity) appeared in several editions from the year 1914. A considerable number of biographical materials from Chybiński’s pen, however, referred to composers of less distant epochs. In the Chopin jubilee year, a sketch was made ‘Chopin i jego wpływ’43 [Chopin and his influence], and several Moniuszko materials appeared in the post-war edition of the magazine.44 He made his contributions in occasional numbers: in the centenary of Liszt’s45 birth, in the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Debussy,46 he wrote about Mahler and Reger. At that time, however, his later fascination ←28 | 29→with Grieg’s works was not marked. An important part of Chybiński’s publication for Przegląd were materials related to the figures of the contemporary Polish artistic milieu. Befriended by musicians of the young generation – composers, performers – he devoted many pages to their accomplishments: the creative work of the hero of his future monographs, Mieczysław Karłowicz,47 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Henryk Melcer, Ludomir Różycki, Grzegorz Fitelberg, and Karol Szymanowski barely at the beginning of their careers. In addition he had articles on a cross-section of contemporary topics – about symphonic and song music by composers of Young Poland48 and piano music.49 He revealed his interests in musical ethnography, reporting amongst other things the deliberations of the international music congress in Vienna on 25–29 May 1910 and several times later, especially in the post-war edition of the magazine.50 He also commented on the popularisation of music and promotion of the ‘high’ musical culture in the article ‘O wychowaniu muzycznym publiczności’ [About the music education of the public].51 In this he wrote about various types of listeners, about musical intelligence and about the need to create a canon of the repertoire (quite an obvious selection from the works of Bach, Haendel, the Viennese classics, nineteenth-century German composers, from Schubert and Mendelssohn, through Brahms, Bruckner and others), which would help educate conscious music lovers. This theme also includes articles by Józef Reiss,52 Henryk Opieński53 and the then starting out Stefania Gerard Festenburg (Łobaczewska).54

However, for musicology as a science and its place in the Polish university system the most important was the summary of the inaugural lecture published ←29 | 30→by Chybiński at the beginning of 1913 during the opening of the new department at the University of Lviv.55

Although Chybiński dominated as an author in the pages of Przegląd Muzyczny, the editorial office never-the-less managed to maintain the character of a forum for scholarly discussion of the just emerging milieu and invite other musicologists to it as well. In the area of publications on research about Old Polish music, the bibliography of the magazine is supplemented in principle by two important names – Zdzisław Jachimecki, the author of, amongst others, the contribution about the band of Władysław IV56 and the instrumental works of Adam Jarzębski57 and the monographic article about the song Chwała Tobie, gospodynie,58 and Józef Reiss, who twice presented materials ‘Z dawnych kancjonałów’59 [From old cantionals]. Reading Jachimecki’s other articles printed in Przegląd Muzyczny may indicate the direction – apart from old Polish music – his research interests will lead in the following years. Admittedly, his passions related to the work of the most important Polish composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Chopin, Moniuszko, Karłowicz, Szymanowski) were only just being formed.60 However, his fascination with French and German music was already visible at that time – as with the work of specific composers (Mahler, Debussy, Strauss and first and foremost Wagner),61 and also in the context of the confrontation of both of these cultures.62

Reiss was involved in newer creative works, especially in relation to European music,63 he shared an interest in the figure and work of Richard Wagner with ←30 | 31→Jachimecki – in the occasional issue on the hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth they both included texts about the music of Bayreuth64 (a dozen or so Wagnerian items appeared in Przegląd, which distinguishes the character and activity of this musician from the background of interest in the work of other composers). He was occupied with the role of music in culture, which he expressed in several sketches, including in a publication about folk concerts65 or in the text mentioned above about the culture of musical life. He also revealed his interest in the history of music going beyond the ranges traditionally present in musicological studies, namely antiquity,66 while with the cycle ‘Z zagadnień estetyki muzyki’ [From the riddles of musical aesthetics]67 he joined a small group of the first generation of musicologists working systematically in this field. In addition, he was one of the most prolific authors of reviews from the latest Polish and foreign musicological publications, as well as a translator of several foreign authors’ materials published in the journal.68 He himself also received reviews by both Chybiński and Jachimecki about his own article Melodie psalmowe Mikołaja Gomółki: 1580 [Psalm melodies by Mikołaj Gomółka: 1580].69

The next ‘university’ musicologist invited by Chojnacki to the group of authors of the bi-weekly was Henryk Opieński. Opieński was soon to be the editor of the milieu’s competing journal, Kwartalnik Muzyczny – the organ of the WTM. With his account of the first performance of Karol Szymanowski’s Second Symphony ←31 | 32→and the presentation of the work, he joined the group of people propagating the then young composer’s work at that time.70 Concerning ‘Old Polish’ matters, he reminded everyone of the lutenist Jakub Polak,71 and he interested himself in the singing movement and published a methodology of teaching singing, ‘reflections and wishes.’72

Against the background of the four most important authors, both in terms of quality, and also ‘productivity,’ the editor-in-chief of Młoda Muzyka and Przegląd Muzyczny, Roman Chojnacki, presents himself as an efficient organiser of the magazine and, above all, a chronicler of daily life. He was the author of short biographies in the regular column ‘Współcześni muzycy polscy’ [Contemporary Polish musicians], also a few obituaries and memories, and he also presented some of the most important European conservatories,73 but he did not, however, take up topics from music history or even the periphery of musicology, leaving this domain to pens already experienced in scholarly publications. Other collaborators for Przegląd were generally music critics or publicists, though, perhaps because of the Board’s editorial declarations to cut themselves off from all cliques, the magazine did not attract the hottest names present in the daily and cultural press. A small amount of materials were submitted for printing by Piotr Rytel, who was freshly promoted at the Institute of Music in the field of composition and piano playing (in later years an active music critic).74 Having already experience as a journalist in Russian magazines and referring to his performed profession, Mateusz Gliński75 in 1919 made his debut in the Polish environment with an article in Przegląd. Correspondence was sent by practising musicians, such as pianist Aleksander Wielhorski76 or composer and conductor Ignacy Neumark dealing with German music, primarily from the second half of the nineteenth ←32 | 33→century (Reger, Wagner), although he also reached for Mendelssohn’s legacy (in the centenary of his birth). Regional materials came from Russia – from the historian and music researcher Nikolai Findeisen who wrote about composers from the new Russian school,77 or from Czechia – from Jan Löwenbach writing about Prague as a focus of musical life.78 In addition, many translations of ‘classic’ readings appeared – Wagner, Berlioz, Liszt, Riemann.79

The magazine was not in debt to its most important authors. In correspondence and chronicles, information about their subsequent scholarly successes and new publications appeared. In the January issue of 1909 it was reported that Zdzisław Jachimecki ‘was appointed director of the musical Conservatoire in Cracow,’ and ‘Adolf Chybiński, music historian, a permanent collaborator of our magazine, received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the department of music at the University of Munich based on his thesis called Beitrage zur Geschichte des Taktschlegens und des Kapellmeisteramtes in der Epoche der Mensuralmusik. Mr. Chybiński is the third80 Pole, who has a doctorate in music and the first who achieved this degree in Germany. The newly decorated fellow countryman was invited to become a permanent member of the Polish music department in Dr Riemann’s music encyclopedia.’81

From the local chronicle, we also learn about scholarships awarded for research purposes (such as that granted from the funds of W. Orłowski to Adolf Chybiński at the beginning of 1910 ‘for academic-music research in foreign archives and libraries’),82 about appearances abroad by young musicologists ←33 | 34→(like Henryk Opieński’s readings on Chopin and Polish music in Prague in May 1910),83 and about the participation of Chybiński and Jachimecki in an international project about the creation of a Corpus scriptorum de musica (together with Adler, Sandberger, Wagner, Wolf and others). By not being limited to cooperation with authors from Warsaw, the editorial office could count on a wide reception in the country. This is also how it was. From time to time, flattering reviews about Przegląd Muzyczny which appeared in the capital and in the provincial press were cited. However, after the war break, it failed to return to its thriving activity from the turn of the first and second decade. Roman Chojnacki undertook different activities in the interwar years. He was almost continuously the artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic and was also a professor of music theory at the Warsaw Conservatoire. The title of the magazine itself appeared in Poznań in the 1920s, but the publication to which it was given did not refer in any way to the Warsaw bi-weekly.

The only link between the magazines seems to be Henryk Opieński, who was one of the most active authors of the bi-weekly. Later, for a short time, he was the editor of the Poznań Przegląd Muzyczny. In the first decade of the century, he was very much connected with the Warsaw milieu, primarily the environment of the local Musical Society. This gave him the opportunity to create a journal in competition to that made by Chojnacki, addressed primarily to readers well educated in the field of music knowledge, but dealing with issues of current musical life in a limited way. Until now, all music magazines, including those with the most ambitious profile, with editors-in-chief of such great erudition as Józef Sikorski or Jan Kleczyński, may have been occupied with both lesser and more educated music lovers, sometimes only music enthusiasts who are eager for information about current curiosities from musical life. Kwartalnik Muzyczny was supposed to stand in opposition to them, called into existence as an organ of the WTM. A short history of the Society is worth recalling here.

Already in 1869 in the pages of Kłosy (number 232), a weekly dedicated to literature, science and art, Warsaw music critic and pedagogue Władysław Wiślicki, presented a project to create a ‘literary and artistic club’ independent of the Instytut Muzyczny [Music institute] and the Warsaw Opera. The fate of the initiative was considered during 1870, and finally, in mid-January 1871, the WTM was established.84 The founders and the first members of the society were, amongst others, music journalists and musicians: Władysław Wiślicki, August ←34 | 35→Freyer, Emanuel Kania, Jan Kleczyński, Józef Sikorski, Adam Münchheimer, Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Krzyżanowski, Józef Wieniawski; Sergiusz Muchanow became the president, and Aleksander Zarzycki became the Musical Director. As part of its activities, WTM fulfilled, amongst others, the missions to popularise creative work and maintain the memory of the most important Polish composers – Frederic Chopin and (following his death) Stanisław Moniuszko. The Society’s constitution contains basic assumptions and tasks that included, among others, regular organisation of concerts, popularisation of Polish musical creativity (including through publication), announcing composition competitions, supporting a system of scholarships for musically talented youth, organising amateur music groups; in the mid-1880s, a music school was established alongside WTM. In these initial assumptions, there was no question of leading and supporting scholarly activity.

Gradually, noticing the necessity of separating and dedicating its primary and basic tasks, the most exertive activists of the institution, started to draw out further Sections. On the initiative of the well-known linguist and ethnographer, Jan Karłowicz, the Stanisław Moniuszko Section was established at the end of 1891 to collect manuscripts and music prints and memorabilia of the composer, as well as publishing his works. The Church Music Section was founded in 1894 and five years later – this time at the initiative of the doctor and composer Henryk Dobrzycki – the Frederic Chopin Section. In 1905 Mieczysław Karłowicz became Musical director of the WTM, and shortly after that, in 1906, proposed the establishment of two new sections: Collective Music and Scientific. In the annual report the WTM reported that ‘On the 21 December last year the Committee confirmed the regulations governing the Society’s newly established Scientific Section … The aim of this Section will be to encourage research and historical-scholarly research, as well as comparative studies in the field of music and related sciences and mutual learning, and finally the dissemination of Polish knowledge and musical art at home and abroad . …’85

After the period of its initial organisation, the actual work of the Section restarted in the second half of 1907. The honorary president was Fr. Józef Surzyński and the Board was comprised of Henryk Opieński (chairman), Lucjan Marczewski (secretary, treasurer), Mieczysław Surzyński (librarian) and a few members, including amongst others Roman Statkowski and Felicjan Szopski. This was the formation that joined the International Music Society ←35 | 36→as representatives for the Polish Section, and in order to strengthen contacts with European musicology, they subscribed to Sammelbände der internationalen Musikgesellschaft and Zeitschrift der internationale Musikgesellschaft (which was also noted in the annual report). At the beginning of the activity, the Board proposed a series of readings, the first of which was in November 1907, ‘about early Polish dances of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries,’ given by Henryk Opieński.86

After his arrival in Warsaw in 1901, Opieński immediately became involved in various activities in the musical milieu of the capital.87 He already became interested in music criticism during the time of his studies in Berlin: he became – after taking over the task from Karłowicz – one of the correspondents for Echo Muzyczne, Teatralne i Artystyczne. While Opieński’s own periodical remained as a plan for the time being, he spent the years of the first decade of the twentieth century passing between Warsaw and Leipzig, though, as Wojciech Jędrzejczak wrote in his memoir about him, ‘throughout this period he did not neglect … his pen – he wrote reviews, discussed concert programmes …, he printed an article on Chopin (1909) and his works …, he published the history of common music in outline (1912), worked on a doctoral dissertation about Bálint Bakfark.’88 He was one of the authors working since 1905 on the initiative of the Academy of Learning in Cracow by Stanisław Estreicher89 Encyklopedia polska [Polish encyclopaedia]; on this occasion, he even coordinated the editorial team’s cooperation with other musicologists – Chybiński and Jachimecki. Sometimes he ‘scandalously’ – as he himself wrote – neglected ‘… many things; ←36 | 37→now I must play “horribile dictu” with an orchestra for 10 days for the gramophone – to earn some extra money!’90 One of his most important plans, however, was the establishment and conduct of the first scientific journal of a strictly academic character, and the opportunity soon came.

Apart from reporting the events of the previous year, the WTM Report for 1907 presents the aims of the association’s activities: ‘concentrating the work on the history of Polish music, pedagogy and the theory of music in general, [the Management Board wishes] to fill a tangible gap in these areas …. One of the first activities of the Board is work on gathering and preparing material for the “Leksykon polskiej muzyki” [Lexicon of Polish music], further plans include a monograph on Moniuszko … and setting up a professional music journal of a purely scholarly nature.’91 Therefore, towards the end of 1909, Opieński began to send letters to well-known musicians, music critics and, above all, the few, but already functioning Polish musicologists. In the first place, he turned to Adolf Chybiński, who was well-known for his first serious achievements, presenting in the letter planned obligations for the editor on the one hand and expectations as to the nature of ordered material on the other hand:

Well, the question is coming to bear of Kwartalnik [emphasis H.O.] from 1910 (the first issue comes out in March) – of course the first thing is that I turn to you Sir with a request for collaboration – namely, for dissertations in the field of history and aesthetics – they may have musical examples and illustrations, of course from the outset our conditions are modest, so only 20 roubles paid by the page – maybe you have some work ready – maybe from the areas mentioned in the list (if such a facsimile were possible, it would be wonderful) … would be perfect for the first number right away. Of course, we want to keep … the tone very objective – very calm and non-aggressive, like in a scholarly quarterly.92

Despite the plans of Opieński and the Committee of WTM,93 the ‘expert magazine’ still had to wait a little longer. In March 1910, the future editors continued ←37 | 38→seeking permission from the authorities which was necessary to operate, and which was finally granted on April 26. It was decided to wait until September with the publication of the inaugural number, which meant that the materials should have been ready for publication at the end of July. Unfortunately, already at that time the editor of the new periodical realised that in the future he would often face delays due to reasons beyond his control: ‘the deadline depends only on us, or rather on me; and I depend on the honourable co-workers, of whom nobody has yet sent an article on time.’94 At the beginning of November, he asked Chybiński for a manuscript or even the title of an article for the edition which had already gone to press. The material finally arrived in the middle of the month, but Kwartalnik only appeared at the beginning of 1911, and the event was announced by a leaflet presenting the contents of the edition illustrated with a facsimile of a card from the Tabulatura Joannis de Lublin and a photograph from the collection of Mieczysław Karłowicz depicting Marcin Groblicz’s violin.

According to the words of the first editorial, when preparing to publish Kwartalnik, the editors strictly defined their mission and target recipients, wanting to

fill the gap that prevails in our musical literature, without possessing an organ that would be able to devote its columns to more strictly professional articles and dissertations in the field of the history of music aesthetics and theory, and to gather relevant historical materials for further research. We would like to fulfil those needs indicated by the increasing number of Polish musicological works in recent times, and we want to do this through publishing Kwartalnik Muzyczny, which, aside from all ‘directions’ in art, excluding all personal sympathies and antipathies, will combine in its columns the views of the most diverse shades in accordance with the principle that from a serious juxtaposition of different judgements and views on art, conclusions as close to true as possible can be drawn.

The editorial office’s message can be supplemented by the words of one of its members, Felicjan Szopski, who in his article about ‘pedagogy’ published on the following pages of the inaugural edition mentioned that ‘Desiring in articles of our Kwartalnik to penetrate into all the most important factors, being a catapult for the musical movement, the development of musicality and musical knowledge, we will pay close attention to the state of musical pedagogy. … We will devote the pages of our magazine to these matters from time to time, willingly ←38 | 39→posting rational opinions of experts, founded on knowledge, experience and wider views.’95

For a time, it seemed that the fate of the periodical would proceed undisturbed. From the very beginning, Konstanty Sarnecki, a well-known Warsaw music lover and patron of the arts, provided strong financial support; Opieński probably wrote about it at the beginning of 1908 to Chybiński: ‘a debate has started about a specialist monthly – because there is someone who can give money.’96 Unfortunately, the benefactor died soon thereafter, in the middle of 1911, and the editorial office remained without material support for one and a half years. After this time, it was reported that ‘Kwartalnik Muzyczny thanks to the support of Mianowski’s estate and private subsidy from Count Zamoyski, Juliusz Herman, Piotr Wertheim and Miss Elżbieta Zalewska, has current survival guaranteed [100 roubles to each number]. Apart from additions to individual numbers, the editors of the quarterly will separately publish older and newer compositions exclusively Polish or having direct contact with Polish music.’97

The next three years brought somewhat irregular publications, as in previous years, and they proceeded with continuous skirmishes with the unreliable printing press on the one hand, and on the other – with authors forever being late with their work. Opieński complained quite emphatically, saying that ‘for each number of Kwartalnik it is always necessary to use forceps and a cesarean section.’98 The Sprawozdania written in 1915 for the previous year reported that only two editions were published, and the next editions were constantly presented as the main goal. In 1914 we read that the ‘Scientific Section, as in previous years, limited its activity exclusively to publishing a music quarterly.’99 Unfortunately, the last two editions appeared in 1914, and the set of publications only covers two years: year I – numbers from January 1911, April 1911, October 1912 and a number from January 1913 (though indicated as year II); year II – edition from October 1913 and from May 1914. In the summary of the year 1915 the Committee of WTM reported on the difficulties resulting from the wartime hostilities and forced absences from Warsaw of Henryk Opieński, an Austrian subject, who was the ‘soul and pillar,’ ‘most active member’ of the Scientific Section: ‘The activities of the Scientific Section due to the … scattering of its ←39 | 40→members, and above all the absence of its head, Mr Henryk Opieński, who from the moment of the outbreak of war to the last days was forced to stay abroad – were temporarily suspended.’100

This situation also stretched into the next year. In the new historical reality, after the year 1918, Kwartalnik was not reactivated as an organ of WTM. Opieński, who left the country at the beginning of the war operations, stopped on the way for three weeks with Father Józef Surzyński in Kościan and then at some village in the Sieradz region, arriving then to Switzerland, from where he returned – first to Warsaw, afterwards to Poznań – in the year 1919. During his several-year stay in Poznań, he had a second editorial episode, when in 1925–26 he ran his own Przegląd Muzyczny, also important on a national scale.

Due to the interest of the then editor-in-chief as well as the ‘profile’ of the musicological milieu emerging at the time, the vast majority of the quarterly was filled with historical works, primarily in the history of Polish music. The first years of the twentieth century were a period when, in a short time, the first generation of well-educated Polish musicologists began to return from foreign studies at German, Swiss and Viennese universities, though not all – as some people noticed years later – deserved to be called well-educated.101

For the first issue of the new magazine, the editorial team invited the two musicologists who were best prepared to conduct academic research at that time – Adolf Chybiński and Zdzisław Jachimecki wrote an article for the first issue – Tabulatura organowa Jana z Lublina (1540) [Organ Tabulatura Joannis de Lublin (1540)] giving the opportunity to inaugurate the journal’s work.102 In subsequent issues the alumnus of the University of Munich maintained the subject ←40 | 41→of Old Polish themes103 and once organological material: he supplemented the edition of Mieczysław Karłowicz’s notes on early Polish violins with his own contribution on the same subject.104 Jachimecki initially announced an article about Chopin’s harmony for the first issue, but he only provided short material on ‘Several incomplete polyphonic compositions by Polish masters from the sixteenth century.’105 Other authors of articles and historical materials were: Aleksander Poliński,106 Jan Wilusz (co-author, along with Chybiński, of an edition of eighteenth-century musical inventories from the Podhorce castle),107 Teresa Panieńska,108 Piotr Maszyński,109 Mieczysław Skolimowski,110 Alicja Simon111 and two people recommended by Chybiński from the newly opened department of musicology in Lviv – Bronisława Wójcikówna112 and ←41 | 42→Stefania Łobaczewska-Festenburg.113 Texts touching theoretical and aesthetic issues appeared sporadically and were signed twice by Józef Rosenzweig114 and Adolf Gużewski115 and Felicjan Szopski, leading the ‘theoretical’ section, signed under the above-mentioned communique about ‘our [Polish] musical pedagogy.’ As stated, along with Kętrzyński, Opieński himself prepared material about the fifteenth-century hymn Cracovia civitas and – independently – an edition ‘Notatki o dawnych polskich skrzypcach’ [A note about early Polish violins] by Mieczysław Karłowicz, who died tragically two years earlier (‘as an expression of remembrance about him and his work, so important and comprehensive for Polish arts’116). In the fourth edition, Opieński undertook a ‘musical dissection’ of Symphony in B minor by Ignacy Jan Paderewski,117 which gave rise to an entire series of ‘Paderewskianas’ written by him and heralded a deep, many year, almost lifelong attachment to the Master from Riond-Bosson. Some selected materials also appeared in separate copies of the Kwartalnik: piano transcriptions prepared by Opieński from lute and organ tablatures, Chybiński’s first article, or the preludes for organ from the Tabulatura Joannis de Lublin. Chybiński was also a frequent contributor to the reporting department of the magazine.118

Judging from the frequency of the publication of the articles by Chybiński, it can be assumed that Opieński highly valued him as a musicologist, believing him equal to the level of education, erudition, meticulous research of the best European models. One cannot forget, however, that the remaining authors also acquired knowledge of foreign centres in the field of history or theory of music. Józef Rosenzweig, lawyer, writer, pianist and musicologist, who spoke several languages, alongside law studies at the University of Warsaw, attended lectures in musicology given by Hugo Riemann in Leipzig. When in 1900 he settled in Warsaw, he undertook music journalism, and cooperated, amongst others with ←42 | 43→Echo Muzyczne, Teatralne i Artystyczne, periodical Słowo and Kurier Poranny. He taught classes on the history and aesthetics of music in the WTM music school and in the F. Chopin Music Institute (and after years, according to the Polski Słownik Biograficzny, from 1923 he also lectured on the history of music at the University of Warsaw).119 In WTM he was a member of the Committee and from 1905, secretary of the Society.

Mieczysław Surzyński, brother of Father Józef Surzyński, organist, conductor and pedagogue, gained education in Berlin in the field of music theory and composition. In Poznań, where he lived in the eighteen-nineties, he founded the Musical Society; after settling in Warsaw, he became associated with the Instytut Muzyczny [Musical Institute] and the WTM Music School. He gained experience as an author of historical-musical works by co-editing the magazine Śpiew Kościelny, in which he also published his own articles.120

Adolf Gużewski and Piotr Maszyński, composers, organisers of musical life, both, although at different times, studied composition with Zygmunt Noskowski, and were associated with the circles of WTM. Maszyński joined WTM already in the year 1880, and at that time, he began to write reports from Warsaw’s musical life in Gazeta Polska; Gużewski, a composer and pianist, sympathised with the circle of musicians of the Young Poland movement and was – apart from Karłowicz and Opieński among others – one of the signatories of the protest against the management of the Warsaw Philharmonic not allowing the performance of Young Polish composers to the concert repertoire. He devoted himself to pedagogy, but he also dealt with musical-aesthetic issues.121

As can be seen, Opieński made available the pages of Kwartalnik to tested, personally known researchers, musicographers and people of the pen, although he did not close himself to contacts with his opponents, such as Aleksander Poliński (the author included material ‘Nieznany skarb muzyczny’ [Unknown musical treasure] in the third number of Kwartalnik about sources discovered in the Gdańsk City Library), with whom he repeatedly battled polemics, sometimes even dealing with civil lawsuits.122 Establishing a journal with scholarly aspirations, he realised from whom he could find the greatest support: the milieu was still very small, as was said, the first musicologists – and authors and ←43 | 44→potential readers – were just returning from studies and scholarships abroad. However, limiting the programme – through a consistently implemented ‘academic’ profile of the magazine – the circle of readers in this small, newly formed group, the editors condemned Kwartalnik to a short life. It is hard to disagree with Kornel Michałowski, who, in excessive ambitions and material problems, sought a mere few-years-long vegetation of the title,123 differently than Opieński himself, who was convinced that closing the periodical was influenced by not low reception or financial problems, but current events.

As to the content of the magazine, it can be stated that even a cursory reading of the publication draws attention to the phenomenon of the writing dominance of Adolf Chybiński in the first edition of Kwartalnik Muzyczny. For the future founder of Lviv musicology, it was a perfect moment to ‘anchor’ himself permanently in the history of the journalistic milieu, and his privileged position on the list of authors without a doubt – apart from the great scholarly fertility of the young researcher – was related to the familiarity that connected him with Opieński. The beginnings of their acquaintance reached back to the ‘Munich’ times, dated a few years earlier. During his foreign studies, Chybiński began to acquire his first honours as a correspondent and rapporteur in the field of events related to Polish music in Zeitschrift der Internationalen Musikgesellschaft (from the year 1905) and in Allgemeines Litteraturblatt and Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (from the year 1906), he also collaborated with the editors of the Riemann dictionary. At the same time, he also made contact with a group of young Polish musicians staying in Berlin.124 Several times in 1906 and 1907 Mieczysław Karłowicz, whom he met in Zakopane, and who belonged to this artistic formation, visited him in Munich. Chybiński125 himself thought that it is probably from him that Opieński got the Munich address, as he stayed in the city temporarily, getting acquainted with the Hofbibliothek with Bakfarek’s lute compositions (and making copies of them), which was part of his research work related to the ←44 | 45→subject of a doctorate written under the guidance of Hugo Riemann in Leipzig.126 They met many times, and their acquaintance in the following years moved from a purely social plane to a strictly professional, involved in musicological activity in its various aspects.

Even before they started cooperation on Kwartalnik, in May 1909 Opieński together with Chybiński and Jachimecki went to Vienna for the third session (after the reorganisation of the International Musicological Society in 1904) of the academic conference. He was only an observer there, but two representatives from Cracow (Chybiński, a Cracovian born and bred, and at the time still living there, Jachimecki, a Lvivian who had already moved) gave papers in Vienna, and in addition – as reported – ‘Dr Chybiński participated in the deliberations of the international music and bibliographic commission, which prepared a great bibliography of old prints and music manuscripts, in which Polish music will be included.’127

Contacts on both private and professional grounds between the two young musicologists were cordial, though never, until the death of Opieński in 1942, went beyond the usual conventions. Having known each other for so many years, they never spoke to each other by their first names. Years later, Chybiński recalled that: ‘[Opieński was] rather versatile, well-listened, well-read, very cultured and intelligent, knowing lots of music, accustomed to the musical relations in France and Germany, not to mention Poland. … he was a nice sociable man, and I spent many hours chatting with him in Munich … Until the year of the Second World War, I was with him in constant, even quite frequent correspondence.’128

In the short period of operation of the first Kwartalnik Chybiński filled its pages with several positions – studies and reviews, overtaking other authors in terms of numbers as well as – on the whole – the level of publication; if he did not publish an essay, he was at least noted in the Chronicle as the author of materials currently announced elsewhere. This is in contrast to Zdzisław Jachimecki, who ←45 | 46→only sent his works two or three times to the Scientific Section of the WTM: in the journal he appeared as the author of the aforementioned work on polyphonic compositions by Polish masters of the XVI century (along with the catalogue),129 and also critically referred to the mentioned materials on Tabulatura Joannis de Lublin.130 Whereas for Chybiński, however, Kwartalnik became the main forum for exchanging musicological thought at the academic level in the Polish language, Jachimecki already had such a forum in the centre where he was just establishing the first Polish musicological department – at the Jagiellonian University. In Cracow, where the Academy of Learning was thriving, many dissertations and contributions could be published in the pages of Sprawozdania AU [Reports of the Academy of Learning] and Rozprawy Wydziału Filologicznego AU [Discourses of the Philology Faculty of the Academy of Learning]. In addition, for several years he was strongly associated with the main organs of the Galician conservatives Czas and – most of all – Przegląd Polski, established by Stanisław Koźmian, Józef Szujski, Stanisław Tarnowski and Ludwik Wodzicki as a scientific-literary monthly with long-standing traditions.

Besides – referring here to the activity of the Academy of Learning (AU) – both musicologists still had the opportunity to present their works at the meetings of the Faculty of Philology of AU and publish them through the Academy in the period before private docenture at the Cracow and Lviv universities; in later years for a long time they were also the only musicologist-member correspondents with the AU: Chybiński was appointed in 1929 and Jachimecki was called a year later. Chybiński presented his studies on the Tablature Joannis de Lublin (which was the property of the Academy) to the members of the Academy on 10 January 1910 and three times more in the years 1911–12 (as mentioned, the text was published in the journal Kwartalnik Muzyczny); in later years he did not feel so closely related to AU and its series (Sprawozdania, Rozprawy), and instead he collaborated with the Ethnographic Commission as part of the framework of Prace i Materiały Antropologiczno-Archeologiczne i Etnograficzne and after years presented two texts: ‘Instrumenty muzyczne ludu polskiego na Podhalu’ [Musical instruments of the Polish people in Podhale] (1924) and ‘Dzwony pasterskie na Podhalu’ [Shepherd’s bells in Podhale] (1925). He also had a significant role in preparation for publication under the auspices of PAU of Pieśni ←46 | 47→ludowe polskiego Śląska [Folk songs of Polish Silesia] from Jan Tacina’s collection, for which edition he was musical editor.131

Jachimecki was much more strongly connected with this Cracow scientific body – for him, it was the primary platform for presenting the results of his own research. Already on 15 April 1907, he presented the work Mikołaj Gomółka i jego stosunek do współczesnych kompozytorów psalmów [Mikołaj Gomółka and his relationship to contemporary psalm composers] in front of the Academy staff, and less than three years later (15 November 1909) he presented his habilitation thesis Wpływy włoskie w muzyce polskiej [Italian influences in Polish music].132 In the years 1911–14 at the Cracow forum he gave a number of papers documenting work on the history of Polish music, posting their summaries in Sprawozdania AU, while in Rozprawy Wydziału Filologicznego AU he published materials concerning organ tablature from the library of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Cracow and music at the court of King Władysław Jagiełło in the years 1424–30. In the interwar period, he presented his work twice – in 1927 and 1934.

In 1913 Józef Reiss also first gave the results of his research in the Rozprawy of the Faculty of Philology with the text of his dissertation Melodie psalmowe Mikołaja Gomółki 1580 [Psalm melodies by Mikołaj Gomółka]. After the war, until 1924 he repeatedly presented and published his works at the Faculty meetings. He did this one more time in 1934, and then only after a break of many years and in completely different conditions, in the autumn of 1945: then at the Faculty of Philology, he presented his work ‘O materiałach do polskiej kultury muzycznej’ [About materials for Polish music culture], whereas in the announcements he indicated a translation with commentary of Plutarch’s treatise and – as Jachimecki said – ‘a very rich collection of jottings and notes about music taken from all kinds of Polish prints and numerous manuscripts.’133 Until 1939, several musicologists presented their research in the Cracow series: Stefan Śledziński wrote about the history of the Warsaw symphony, Zofia Lissa ←47 | 48→wrote an essay ‘O komizmie muzycznym’ [On musical comicality],134 while Helena Windakiewiczowa directed her ‘Wzory ludowej muzyki w mazurkach Fr. Chopina. Studium muzykologiczne’ [Folk music patterns in Fr. Chopin’s Mazurkas. Musicological study]135 to Rozprawy AU (1926).

Analogically to the Cracow situation, the Sprawozdania Towarzystwa Naukowego we Lwowie [Reports of the scientific society in Lviv] were published to meet the needs of the Lviv circle, and compact publications were announced within Archiwum Towarzystwa Naukowego we Lwowie [Archives of the scientific society in Lviv] as in the case of the Cracow series, access to their columns was restricted to a limited circle of researchers, primarily those connected to scholarship on a daily basis.

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1 Pamiętnik Warszawski 1818 vol. 10 and 11.

2 Józef Elsner, Rozprawa o metryczności i rytmiczności języka polskiego, szczególniéy o wierszach polskich we względzie muzycznym. Cz. 1 / przez Józefa Elsnera; z przykładami rzecz objaśniaiącemi przez Kazimierza Brodzińskiego [A Dissertation on the metric and rhythmic qualities of the Polish language, with special focus on Polish poems from the perspective of music. Part I / by Józef Elsner; with poetic examples by Kazimierz Brodziński] (Warsaw 1818, Drukarnia S. Dąbrowskiego).

3 Printed in a four-volume edition Twory Józefa Dyonizego Minasowicza [Works of Józef Dionizy Minasowicz] (Leipzig 1844, Breitkopf und Haertel) vol. II.

4 From ‘Prospekt,’ which appeared before the first number of TM.

5 Ibid.

6 Przybylski 1980, 69. About the history of the journal, see also Strumiłło 1955.

7 TMD 1821/12 (27 June). Among the chief editors, only years later, Józef Sikorski and later, Henryk Opieński, broke away, both not through financial difficulties, but noting the historical situation as a reason for closing their editorial offices. Opieński wrote: ‘the last [number of KM] came out in July 1914 a few weeks before the outbreak of the war, but not for lack of funds. The financial foundation for the quarterly was created by the late Konstanty Sarnecki …; then, however, the subvention for each issue of the magazine that the following undertook to provide: Mianowski’s estate (100 rb.) and Ordynat Zamoyski (100 rb.), made it possible to continue Kwartalnik,’ see Henryk Opieński, [letter to the editor], Muzyka 1926/5, 240.

8 Jarociński 1955, 7.

9 See, amongst others: Jachimecki 1948, 19–20; Jarociński 1959.

10 Strumiłło 1955, 18–19.

11 Chechlińska/Guzy-Pasiakowa/Sieradz 2001, 299.

12 Szczepańska-Lange 1997, 31.

13 Ibid.

14 Biblioteka Warszawska 1843/2, 665–673.

15 Krysmalska 1957, 14.

16 Jarociński 1959, 26–27.

17 See for example, the many parted series of articles titled ‘Krótki rys historii powszechnej muzyki’ [A brief outline of the history of music] published in the years 1859–61, ‘Dramat i muzyka’ [Drama and music] about the theory and aesthetics of opera (RM 1858/48, 377, 1858/49, 385–387, 1858/50, 393–395, 1858/51, 401–403), ‘Przegląd kompozycji na wiolonczelę’ [Review of cello compositions] by Maurycy Karasowski (RM 1861/45, 716–718).

18 Including, amongst others ‘Notatki do historii muzyki polskiej’ [A note to the history of Polish music] published in the years 1860–61 (including RM 1860/40, 646–651, 1860/41, 660–667), ‘Stowarzyszenia muzyczne w Polsce’ [Music societies in Poland] (RM 1858/12, 89–91, 1858/13, 97–99, 1858/16, 121–123). These publications were a continuation of Sikorski’s interests and mission, which he began at the turn of the forties and fifties: discovering classics of Old Polish music, especially those remaining in church and monastic collections (amongst others in the archives and libraries of Pułtusk, Częstochowa, Piotrków and Łowicz). Detailed material on this topic along with extensive extracts from Sikorski’s notebooks was published several dozen years later, in the first number of his Kwartalnik Muzyczny Adolf Chybiński (1928/29/1, 82–85), acknowledging priority to the editor of Ruch Muzyczny before the widely accepted precursor of such research, Aleksander Poliński, who was in possession of Sikorski’s notes and without doubt made use of them.

19 Including: ‘Kilka słów dotyczących elementarnych wiadomości o muzyce, nauce harmonii, generałbasie i kontrapunkcie’ [A few words concerning elementary information about music, harmony, general bass and counterpoint] RM 1859/45, 385–387, 1859/46, 395–398, 1859/48, 411–412, 1859/51, 441–443, 1859/52, 450–452), ‘Kilka uwag nad pismem muzycznym’ [A few remarks concerning musical notation] (PMT 1862/20, 317–319), ‘Tempo i metronom’ [Tempo and metronome] (RM 1859/23, 203–204, 1859/24, 210–211).

20 See for example, ‘Co to jest muzyka?’ [What is music?] (RM 1858/7, 51–54, 1858/9, 65–67), ‘Muzyka w stosunku do sztuk pięknych’ [Music in relations to the fine arts] (PMT 1862/3, 42–44, 1862/6, 81–87).

21 ‘Arystoteles o muzyce i jej dzielności wychowawczej’ [Aristotle about music and its educational valor] (PMT 1862/34, 529–532, 1862/35, 554–558), ‘Muzyka i żałoba’ [Music and mourning] (RM 1861/14, 209–215, 1861/15, 225–231, 1861/16, 241–248), ‘O potrzebie książek teoretyczno-muzycznych i jak by przyjść do nich’ [About the need for theoretical-music books and how to approach them] (PMT 1862/12, 189–192), ‘Nauka muzyki w szkołach rządowych’ [Music learning in government schools] (PMT 1862/31, 481–488, 1862/32, 497–501, 1862/33, 513–519).

22 For example, review of the work by Stanisław Przystański ‘O akustyce sal przeznaczonych na liczne zebrania’ [On the acoustics of halls intended for crowded meetings] (PMT 1858/20, 305–311), or the text ‘Słuch muzykalny’ [Musical hearing] (RM 1858/5, 35–36).

23 ‘Melodie ludowe w operze Jana Stefaniego Krakowiacy i Górale’ [Folk melodies in the opera ‘Cracovians and Highlanders’ by Jan Stefani] (RM 1858/46, 361–363), ‘Uwagi do redakcji Ruchu Muzycznego na temat zbierania melodii ukraińskich’ [Remarks to ‘Ruch Muzyczny’ editorial staff about collecting Ukrainian melodies] (RM 1859/22, 193).

24 Bogdany 1955.

25 Author of the article ‘Muzyka niemiecka w stosunku do francuskiej i włoskiej’ [German music in relations to French and Italian music] (GMT 1865/6, 5–6), ‘O zadaniu szkół muzycznych’ [On the role of music school] (GMT 1865/1, 2–3, 1865/2, 4–5), ‘O nauce śpiewu’ [About learning to sing] (GMT 1866/24, 3–5, 1866/26, 2–3).

26 ‘Józef Elsner jako kompozytor muzyki kościelnej’ [Józef Elsner as a composer of church music] (GMT 1865/10, 2–3, 1865/11, 3–4), ‘Muzyka kościelna i jej zadanie’ [Church music and its role] (GMT 1865/4, 2–3, 1866/20, 2–3).

27 Amongst others biographical materials and publications, – ‘Koncerty i sale koncertowe w Warszawie’ [Concerts and concert halls in Warsaw] (GMT 1866/15, 2–3), a presentation of the Warsaw piano factory Krall and Seidler (GMT 1866/21, 4).

28 See for example ‘Jan Stefani’ (RM 1857/27, 210–214, 1857/28, 217–219, 1857/29, 226–229, 1857/30, 237–239), as well as sketches about J. Haydn, R. Schumann and W.A. Mozart published over the space of a few years on the pages of the monthly Biblioteka Warszawska.

29 Jan Kleczyński, ‘Maurycy Karasowski’ (EMTA 1892/448, 207–208).

30 See Woźna 1976.

31 Poźniak 1965, Poźniak 1972; especially see Poźniak 1965, 17.

32 MM 1908/1 (‘Od Redakcji’ [Editorial]). Full text also in: Porębowiczowa 1964, 9.

33 MM 1909/3 (‘Od Redakcji’).

34 Porębowiczowa 1964, 11.

35 Dziadek 2002/1, 112; see also Dziadek 2002/2.

36 Dziadek 2002/1, 113; see also Dziadek 2004/1.

37 More on the subject of Chybiński’s Munich studies later in this work.

38 For example ‘Zbiory muzyczne na Wawelu’ [Music collections in Wawel castle] (PM 1910/1, 1–4, 1910/2, 4–7); ‘Z inwentarzy krakowskich 1550–1600, przyczynek do dziejów kultury muzycznej w dawnym Krakowie’ [From Cracow inventories 1550–1600, a contribution to the history of music culture in ancient Cracow] (PM 1911/19, 9–12).

39 ‘Materiały do dziejów królewskiej kapeli rorantystów na Wawelu. Cz. II: 1624–1694’ [Materials for the history of the royal band of Rorantists in Wawel. Vol. II: 1624–1694] (PM 1911/14, 1–5, 1911/15–16, 1–7, 1911/17, 1–5, 1911/18, 1–5, 1911/19, 8–9).

40 A contribution about Nicolaus Cracoviensis’s compositions preserved in this landmark work: ‘Z dziejów muzyki polskiej. Monogramista N.C. z XVI w.’ [From the history of Polish music. Monogramist N.C. from the 16th century] (MM 1909/14, 1).

41 ‘Johannes Borimius–Borzymski. Nieznany polski kompozytor z XVI–XVII wieku’ [Johannes Borimius–Borzymski. Unknown Polish composer from 16th–17th century] (PM 1910/1, 7–11); ‘Jacek Różycki, nadworny kapelmistrz i kompozytor Jana III’ [Jacek Różycki, Jan III’s court Kapellmeister and composer] (PM 1911/4, 3–4, 1911/5, 3–5).

42 ‘Renesans w muzyce’ [Renaissance in music] (PM 1913/9, 7–11, 1913/10, 1–3).

43 PM 1910/5, 1–4.

44 ‘Nieznane listy Stanisława i Aleksandry Moniuszków’ [Unknown letters of Stanisław and Aleksandra Moniuszko] (PM 1918/1–2, 1–5); ‘W setną rocznicę urodzin Moniuszki’ [On the hundredth anniversary of Moniuszko’s birth] (PM 1919/11–12, 1–4); ‘Problemy moniuszkowskie. I. Narodowy twórca w muzyce’ [Moniuszko problems. I. National artist in music] (PM 1919/13–14, 1–2, 1919/15–16, 1–3, 1919/17–18, 1–2).

45 ‘W sprawie kultu dzieł Liszta’ [On the cult of Liszt’s works] (PM 1911/21, 5–7).

46 ‘Klaudiusz Achilles Debussy. W 50-tą rocznicę urodzin’ [Claude Achille Debussy. On the 50th anniversary of his birth] (PM 1912/20, 9–10, 1912/21, 1–2).

47 ‘Mieczysław Karłowicz. Kilka wspomnień’ [Mieczysław Karłowicz. A few memories] (MM 1909/7, 1–4); ‘Mieczysław Karłowicz’ (PM 1911/8, 6–8).

48 ‘Z najnowszej muzyki polskiej’ [About the latest Polish music] (PM 1910/10, 4–5).

49 ‘Współczesna polska muzyka fortepianowa’ [Contemporary Polish piano music] (PM 1914/8, 6–10).

50 ‘W sprawie zbierania instrumentów muzycznych na Podhalu’ [On collecting musical instruments in Podhale] (PM 1919/11–12, 9–10); ‘Ujemne wpływy na melodie ludowe’ [Negative influences on fol melodies] (PM 1919/13–14, 5–8).

51 PM 1910/10, 10–12.

52 ‘Kultura życia muzycznego’ [The culture of musical life] (PM 1911/8, 9–11, 1911/9, 3–4).

53 ‘Znaczenie opery dla rozwoju polskiej muzycznej kultury’ [The importance of opera for the development of Polish music culture] (PM 1912/7, 9–10).

54 ‘Kilka słów o kulturze muzycznej XX wieku’ [A few words about twentieth century music culture] (PM 1911/5, 8–10).

55 ‘Uniwersytet a muzyka’ [University and music] (PM 1913/2, 1–5).

56 ‘Kontrapunkciści polscy w kapeli Władysława IV’ [Polish contrapuntal composers in Władysław IV’s band] (MM 1909/19, 3–5).

57 ‘Adam Jarzębski jako kompozytor koncertów i kancon’ [Adam Jarzębski as a composer of concerts and canzone] (MM 1909/20, 8–11).

58 PM 1913/14–15, 8–10.

59 PM 1912/2, 1–2, 1914/1, 10–11.

60 See, for example, his reflections on Szymanowski’s piano compositions (MM 1909/22, 6–8), or the article ‘Chopin jako harmonista’ [Chopin as a harmoniser] (PM 1910/5, 5–6).

61 He wrote about Wagner five times in the pages of Przegląd Muzyczny, including a presentation of his autobiography (PM 1911/12, 4–7) and analysing the evolution of the composer’s creativity (PM 1913/11, 4–6).

62 ‘Z muzyki dramatycznej w Niemczech i Francji’ [From dramatic music in Germany and France] (PM 1911/22, 1–6, 1911/24, 1–4).

63 ‘Poematy symfoniczne Liszta’ [Liszt’s symphonic poems] (PM 1911/21, 5–7); ‘Z dziejów romantyki muzycznej’ [From the history of romantic music] (PM 1912/6, 1–5); ‘O impresjonizmie w muzyce’ [On impressionism in music] (PM 1918/1–2, 5–10).

64 Józef Reiss, ‘Ryszard Wagner. W setną rocznicę urodzin’ [Richard Wagner. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth] (PM 1913/11, 1–4); Zdzisław Jachimecki, ‘Ewolucja w twórczości Wagnera’ [Evolution inWagner’s work] (PM 1913/11, 4–6). In the case of Jachimecki, this was not the only Wagnerian material in the pages of Przegląd. He devoted a lot of studies to the composer’s work, and above all a book (Lviv 1911), about which Reiss placed a review in Chojnacki’s magazine (PM 1912/16, 10–13).

65 PM 1911/10, 6–8.

66 ‘O muzyce starogreckiej’ [About ancient Greek music] (PM 1912/7, 1–6). He returned to the problems of theory in ancient treaties several more times, more on this subject in subsequent chapters.

67 PM 1919/3, 1–5, 1919/4, 1–5, 1919/5, 1–4, 1919/6, 1–4.

68 Amongst others the review of Die Musik als Ausdruck, Friedrich Hausegger’s aesthetic treatise, which he wrote together with Chybiński was published in six issues in 1912 and after a break in seven episodes in 1914.

69 Chybiński’s extensive review was published in parts, see PM 1912/19, 6–7, 1912/21, 6–8, 1913/2, 6–9. For balance, the editors also published Jachimecki’s review (PM 1912/20, 16–17), which – as reported – was a reprint of an earlier publication from Biblioteka Warszawska.

70 PM 1911/9, 6–8.

71 MM 1909/19, 5–8. Zdzisław Jachimecki undertook a discussion about the details of fates of music presented in the dissertation (MM 1909/22, 9–11).

72 ‘O nauce śpiewu’ [About learning to sing] (PM 1911/2, 4–5).

73 ‘Konserwatoria muzyczne’ [Musical conservatories] (MM 1909/6, 8–9, 1909/8, 3–4, 1909/13, 9–11).

74 In addition to the coverage of current musical life, he presented a critical analysis of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony (MM 1908,2, 10–12) and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (MM 1909/1, 5–7).

75 The historically considered cycle ‘Szkice z dziejów sztuki kapelmistrzowskiej’ [Sketches from the history of the Kapellmeister’s art] was published in a few post-war issues of Przegląd Muzyczny.

76 See, for example, his article ‘O muzyce rusińskiej’ [About Ruthenian music] (MM 1909/19, 8–11).

77 PM 1912/23, 1–9.

78 PM 1912/10, 5–7.

79 Riemann’s system was presented in the pages of Przegląd Muzyczny by the experienced Warsaw (later Cracovian) pedagogue, publicist and critic Michał Julian Piotrowski (see 1918/1–2, 11–12, 1918/3, 10–12, 1918/4, 12–14).

80 Konrad Zawiłowski obtained the first diploma in musicology – studying under Guido Adler in Vienna – in 1902. Four years later, Zdzisław Jachimecki received his doctorate studying under the same promoter. Józef Reiss was also a graduate of the Vienna department, and Stefania Łobaczewska was a non-graduating attendee. Adolf Chybiński obtained his diploma in 1908 studying with Adolf Sandberger and Theodor Kroyer in Munich; Łucjan Kamieński graduated in 1910 in Berlin, under Hermann Kretzschmar and Johannes Wolf, and earlier, in 1907, another Poznanian, Wacław Piotrowski; Alicja Simon also studied there. Henryk Opieński attended the lectures of Hugo Riemann in Leipzig. Fr. Wacław Gieburowski undertook studies in church music in 1908 in Regensburg.

81 MM 1909/1 (‘Kronika’ [Chronicle]). Similar information appeared in the following year and this time involved the doctorate of Łucjan Kamieński.

82 PM 1910/3 (‘Kronika’).

83 PM 1910/11 (‘Kronika’).

84 About WTM see for example, Spóz 1980; Spóz 1973.

85 Sprawozdanie Komitetu Warszawskiego Towarzystwa Muzycznego za rok 1906 [Report of WTM Committee for the year 1906] (Warsaw 1907), 3.

86 ‘the work – as explained – was based in studies of early prints and manuscripts (mostly tablature),’ see Sprawozdanie Komitetu Warszawskiego Towarzystwa Muzycznego za rok 1907 [Annual report WTM… 1907] (Warsaw 1908), 15.

87 Opieński was a restless spirit, a real European. He was a friend of Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer and Stanisław Estreicher, see Sieradz 2017/1. Starting from the year 1884 (he was born in the year 1870) he gained knowledge and artistic skills in Cracow, Prague, Paris, Berlin and Leipzig; he visited Munich, where he met the young Chybiński for the first time. In time, he formed links with Switzerland, Warsaw and Poznań, where he spent some time in the twenties, but these were merely temporary stops on his life journey.

88 Jędrzejczak 1981/1, 5; see also Jędrzejczak 1981/2.

89 Stanisław Estreicher (1869–1939) was a legal historian, literary historian and bibliographer. He was a representative of a well-known Cracow family of scholars, associated for all his life with the Jagiellonian University. In various years he was the dean of the Faculty of Law, as well as the vice-rector and rector of the university, and a member of the Academy of Learning. He was an admirer of the work of the composers of the Young Poland group.

90 Opieński to Chybiński from Warsaw 30 XII 1907, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/7.

91 Sprawozdanie Komitetu WTM 1907 (Warsaw 1908), 15.

92 Opieński to Chybiński from Warsaw 9 XII 1909, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/18.

93 In Sprawozdanie Komitetu WTM 1909 (Warsaw 1910) it was written: ‘At the beginning of 1910, thanks to private help, the Section [scientific] will start the publication of Kwartalnik Muzyczny, devoted to historical and aesthetic-theoretical works; the editor will be Roman Statkowski; heads of both departments Messrs. Henryk Opieński and Felicjan Szopski’ (p. 24). It should be added here that the editor-in-chief was to be Opieński himself, however, since he was an Austrian citizen, not a Russian citizen, he could not perform managerial functions in Warsaw.

94 Opieński to Chybiński from Morges 9 VIII 1910, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/26.

95 Felicjan Szopski, ‘Z naszej pedagogii muzycznej’ [From our musical pedagogy] (KM 1911/1, 79–84, 1911/2, 186–191, cit. p. 80).

96 Opieński to Chybiński from Warsaw 12 II 1908, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/8.

97 Sprawozdanie Komitetu WTM 1912 (Warsaw 1913), 19.

98 Opieński to Chybiński from Warsaw 5 VIII 1911, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/40.

99 Sprawozdanie Komitetu WTM 1913 (Warsaw 1914), 21.

100 Sprawozdanie Komitetu WTM 1915 (Warsaw 1916), 13.

101 Speaking about the tasks of ‘historical musicology,’ Chybiński wrote: ‘a number of Polish musicologists who received musicological preparation at foreign universities, abandoned academic work for practical work (artistic and pedagogical) … I am inclined to recognise as academic musicologists only those individuals who constantly and systematically work academically, and present the results of their work to society in the manner adopted in science,’ Chybiński 1930, 589.

102 KM 1911/1, 9–35, and continuation 1911/2, 122–141, 1912/3, 217–252, 1913/4, 297–336. This article was preceded only by a study prepared by Henryk Opieński himself and Stanisław Kętrzyński on the subject of the fifteenth century Hymn na cześć Krakowa [Hymn in honor of Cracow] by Mikołaj of Radom along with facsimile and transcription (pp. 3–8). Chybiński continued his studies in subsequent numbers (KM 1911/2, 122–131, 1912/3, 217–252, 1913/4, 297–336).

103 ‘Notatki biograficzne o przełożonych Kapeli Rorantystów w XVII stuleciu’ [Biographical notes about the superior of the Rorantist band in the seventeenth century] (KM 1911/2, 142–146); ‘Krakowskie inwentarze muzyczne z XVI w. (Przyczynek do historii muzyki w Polsce)’ [Cracow music inventories in the sixteenth century (A contribution to the history of music in Poland] (KM 1912/3, 253–260); ‘Kieycheriana’ [Of Kieycher] (KM 1912/3, 261–262); ‘Z dziejów muzyki krakowskiej’ [From the history of music in Cracow] (KM 1913/1, 24–62, 1914/2, 91–108); ‘O nieznanym zbiorze tańców polskich z r. 1622’ [About an unknown collection of Polish dances from 1622] (KM 1913/1, 63–70); ‘Z inwentarzy muzycznych zamku w Podhorcach’ [From the musical inventories of the Pidhirtsi castle] (together with Jan Wilusz, KM 1913/1, 71–76).

104 Adolf Chybiński, ‘Kilka słów o dawnych polskich skrzypcach’ [A few words about early Polish violins] (KM 1911/2, 147), supplement to the notes about early Polish violins by Mieczysław Karłowicz (KM 1911/1, 39–47).

105 KM 1911/1, 36–38.

106 Aleksander Poliński, ‘Nieznany skarb muzyczny’ [Unknown musical treasure] (KM 1912/3, 263–268).

107 Jan Wilusz, Adolf Chybiński, ‘Z inwentarzy muzycznych zamku w Podhorcach’ [From the musical inventories of the Pidhirtsi castle] (KM 1913/1, 71–76).

108 Teresa Panieńska, ‘Koncerty “spirituels” w Lesznie Wielkopolskim w roku 1785’ [‘Spirituels’’ concerts in Leszno Wielkopolskie in 1785] (KM 1913/1, 77–78); also ‘Do historii muzyki w Poznaniu’ [To the history of music in Poznań] (KM 1914/2, 109–113).

109 Piotr Maszyński, ‘Eugeniusz Pankiewicz’ (KM 1912/3, 287–288).

110 Mieczysław Skolimowski, ‘Feliks Mottl’ (KM 1912/3, 269–286).

111 Alicja Simonówna, ‘Stosunek Sperontesa Singende Muse an der Pleisse… do muzyki ludowej polskiej’ [The relationship of Sperontes’ Singende Muse an der Pleisse… to Polish folk music] (KM 1911/1, 48–54).

112 Bronisława Wójcikówna, ‘Tańce polskie Jana Fischera (1702)’ [Johann Fischer’s Polish dances (1702)] (KM 1914/2, 83–90).

113 Stefania Łobaczewska-Festenburg, ‘Przyczynki do dziejów humanizmu w muzyce’ [Contribution to the history of humanism in music] (KM 1913/1, 3–23).

114 Józef Rosenzweig, ‘Przyszłość estetyki muzycznej’ [The future of musical aesthetics] (KM 1911/1, 72–78); also, ‘Reforma w ustaleniu tonów z punktu widzenia estetycznego’ [Reform in establishing tones from an aesthetic point of view] (KM 1911/2, 148–185).

115 Adolf Gużewski, ‘Schopenhauer o muzyce. Studium filozoficzne’ [Schopenhauer on music. Philosophical studies] (KM 1911/1, 55–71).

116 KM 1911/1, 39–47, here p. 39.

117 KM 1913/4, 341–352.

118 Opieński jokingly commented on this fact: ‘Thank you very much for the reports. But you, Sir, are waving it!,’ see Opieński to Chybiński from Warsaw 28 IV 1910, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/23.

119 Gajkowska 1991.

120 Mądry 2009.

121 Lissa 1990; Przybylski 1975.

122 Opieński wrote to Chybiński from Warsaw in a letter of 6 VI 1909 about his desire to sue Poliński, AACh-BJ, box 6, O-2/17.

123 Kielanowska-Bronowicz/Michałowski 1963.

124 Members of the Spółka Młodych Polskich Kompozytorów [Company of Young Polish Composers] included Grzegorz Fitelberg, Ludomir Różycki, Apolinary Szeluto and Karol Szymanowski, also joined by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Henryk Opieński, and a sympathetic position was shown by Emil Młynarski. Although each of them had their own original view of new music, they were linked by their desire to break with the ‘old.’ Chybiński evaluated the initiative enthusiastically: ‘we have opened a “clique,” in which Karłowicz was the most critical mind, and the greatest enthusiast – me,’ see Chybiński 1959/2, quote p. 10.

125 Ibid.

126 According to Chybiński, Opieński, although he wrote and submitted his thesis, did not obtain a doctoral degree, because he failed to publish his dissertation, which was then an obligatory condition, see ibid.

127 MM 1909 no. 11, ‘Kronika.’

128 Chybiński 1959/2, pp 8–9. The correspondence of Opieński to Chybiński is preserved in the archives of the Lviv professor in the Jagiellonian Library (PWM collection), whereas letters in the other direction – in the archives of Opieński currently belonging to the Fribourg collection of Fondation Archivum Helveto-Polonicum, see Sieradz 2017/2.

129 ‘Kilka niekompletnych kompozycji,’ op. cit.

130 ‘Na marginesie Tabulatury Jana z Lublina’ [On the margin of Jan of Lublin’s tablature] (KM 1913/4, 337–338). In response to this polemic, Chybiński published ‘Glossy do marginaliów’ [Glosses to the marginals] (KM 1913/4, 339–340).

131 On this subject see also Rostworowski 1974, particularly: Stachowska 1974. The Musicological Commission of PAU was created only after the war, in 1948 (and in practice functioned from 1949), but from the beginning of the creation of the foundations of Polish musicology within the broadly understood national culture, this field was present in the sphere of the scholarly and publishing activities of Academy, see chapter III.2.

132 The work was released by the publishing house of PAU in 1918, while a summary of it in German appeared in 1911 in the Academy’s Bulletin International.

133 Jachimecki 1948, 53.

134 Printed in Kwartalnik Filozoficzny 1938/1, 1–22.

135 In the series: Rozprawy Wydziału Filologicznego PAU vol. 61, number 7 (Cracow 1926).