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Antoni Szałowski

Person and Work

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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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5. Conclusion

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5 Conclusion 5.1. The artist and his work An analytical-synthetic consideration o f the works o f A ntoni Szałowski reveals im portant analogies between the personality o f the com poser as a free, rational subject, gifted w ith feelings and talent (which is the direct causal tool), and his creative m usical output. In view o f the fact that the personal subjectivism o f the artist has two basic dim ensions - the general (universal) and the individual (unique), we could say that that particular artist, throughout his whole creative life, sought unity and harm ony between these two dim ensions. As early as the beginning o f his creative path he cam e to the conclusion that the norm and the m ethod for successful realisation o f that goal would be N eo­ classicism , as defined by the school o f Boulanger. This dem onstrates the fundam ental role played by the social-historical context in Szałowski’s life and artistic activity; it supported the com poser’s independent efforts to the point o f determ ining the basic features o f his m usical output. He was a com poser who preserved the personal character o f his creative work even in the face o f the antihum anitarian ideologies o f his tim es, and in this way becam e one o f those who defended tw entieth-century m usic from dehum anisation. 385 Conclusion 5.2. A musical composition and tradition W hen, at...

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