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Antoni Szałowski

Person and Work


Elzbieta Szczurko

«(This book) is the first extensive study of the works of Antoni Szałowski, which provide a clear example of the adaptation of the principles of Neoclassicism and the norms of Nadia Boulanger. The heritage of the émigré composers – generally speaking not well known, scattered, or absent from national musical life for many years – requires a comprehensive research approach in order to restore it to its rightful place within Polish music. This is the direction taken in this work, where the monographic form is a fitting framework for the presentation of the characteristics, the context and the significance of Szałowski’s achievement – a subject never undertaken before.» (Prof. Dr. D. Jasińska, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, Poland)
«The structure of the book as a whole is logical and cohesive. The uniform approach to constructing chapters and subchapters is undoubtedly of great value. Each new section begins with a theoretical or historical introduction, depending on the topic discussed, and is then followed by the discussion of the issues raised. The reader gains the impression that the author is firmly grounded in the literature of the subject in its widest sense.» (Prof. Dr. T. Malecka, Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland)


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1. Introduction


1 Introduction 1.1. Defining the subject “It is the duty o f Polish m usicologists to know m ore or less as m uch about us as they do about the com posers who live in Poland”1. These words com e from R om an Palester’s letter to the organisers o f a sym ­ posium devoted to the works o f Polish ém igré com posers w hich took place in W arsaw in 1988, a pro ject initiated by the M usicology Section of the Polish C om posers’ U nion. The conference was an exceptional event, and the first one o f its kind. The papers to be presented there were to com bine critical and aesthetic interpretation with artistic evaluation o f the works, and som e o f them were to be devoted to A ntoni Szalowski2. U nfortunately, the achievem ents o f Szalowski, one o f the m ain represen­ tatives o f Polish N eoclassicism , were, after all, om itted from the con ­ ference program m e. R om an Palester described this as “som ething of a scandal”3. Referring to the title o f the sym posium , “M usic wrongly 1 R. Palester, Prawda źle obecna [Truth Wrongly Present] [letter sent in December 1988], in: Muzyka île obecna [Music Wrongly Present], ed. K. Tarnawska-Kaczo- rowska, I, Warszawa 1989, p. 28. 2 According to Krystyna Tarnawska-Kaczorowska the paper on Szałowski was to have been written by Adam Walaciński. She...

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