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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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2. The anthropological dimension of artistic development


2----------- The anthropological dimension of artistic development Exam ining Szałowski’s w ork in term s o f contem porary axiological cri­ teria, and the features o f his m usical style through historical interpre­ tation 1, we face the question: in what way did being an ém igré com poser shape his output, and how was his artistic developm ent affected by being away from his hom eland and his native m usical com m unity? Identifying those factors w hich stim ulated or lim ited Szalowski’s w ork and artistic career allows us to see the artist as a personalised subject, and his work in a wider perspective, and to understand the essence o f the com poser’s personality, the m otives o f his artistic choices and lim itations, as well as to perceive the m echanism s o f social acceptance. The analyses which follow, m aking use o f M arian G olka’s definitions o f the m echanism s o f an artistic career 2, will take into account the following factors: ♦ social-cultural environm ent; ♦ the personality o f the artist; ♦ the help o f others. O ther conditions taken into account by M arian Golka, such as making use o f creative powers, sense o f independence and security, and working conditions, will also be acknowledged w ithin the above categories. 1 The division into critical and historical interpretation, based on the model proposed by J. Slawiński, is adopted by Z. Helman...

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