The Musical Rhetoric of the Polish Baroque
Foreword to the First Edition
This book is the result of my long fascination with Old Polish music, and that of baroque composers. I owe this interest to Prof. Karol Mrowiec during my studies at the Institute of Musicology of the Catholic University of Lublin. Under his guidance, I wrote my master’s thesis, followed by a doctoral dissertation. Both were dedicated to ancient Polish music; therefore, The Musical Rhetoric of the Polish Baroque is a natural continuation of those earlier undertakings. Contact with Prof. Zygmunt M. Szweykowski—both individual and with the Ancient Music Academy he run at the Institute of Musicology of the Jagellonian University in Cracow, an inspiring gathering researchers from different musical centres for over a decade—also proved crucial for the deepening of my musicological interests, as well as the choice of musical rhetoric as my next object of research.
I am also indebted to the reviewer of the present book, Prof. Piotr Poźniak from the Institute of Musicology of the Jagellonian University. His thorough and precise remarks and corrections have considerably improved the content and form of this book. I also wish to thank Prof. Zygmunt M. Szweykowski, who read the first version of this book and provided many useful remarks.
During the many years of my research, I have experienced the good will and helpfulness of my superiors from the Institute of Musicology of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. My thanks go to Prof. Urszula Bobryk, Prof. Beata Dąbrowska,...
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