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Between Romanticism and Modernism

Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Compositional Œuvre


Boguslaw Raba

This is the first monograph on the Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941). It aspires to be part of the process of restoring his compositional legacy to European musical culture. Reinterpreting the legend surrounding the great Pole, the study is based on Paderewskis works that are listed in the Paderewski catalogue, but also includes sketches, unfinished pieces and student exercises. Raba’s analysis and interpretation of the composer’s work is carried out in formal-structural, stylistic-critical and aesthetic contexts, revising the image of the composer, that has been distorted in the historical reception of his œuvre.
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Example 1.I. J. Paderewski, Suite, Op. 1a, Prelude in E flat major, bars 1–5.

Example 2.I. J. Paderewski, Suite, Op. 1a, Burlesque in E flat major, bars 1–5.

Example 3.I. J. Paderewski, Trois morceaux, Op. 2, Gavotte in E minor, bars 1–4.

Example 4.a) I. J. Paderewski, Trois morceaux, Op. 2, Valse mélancolique in A major (section 3, A/B), bars 101–112; b) F. Chopin, Grande Valse brillante, Op. 34 No. 2, bars 1–15, the presumed source of inspiration.

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