• More Szymanowski from Doctor Hughes

In the three months since I last posted links to William Hughes’s invaluable English translations of Polish articles on Szymanowski (The Chronicles of Dr Hughes), he has posted 36 more, making 63 to date, with more to come.  I am in awe of his industry and generosity as well as his insights in those postings where he provides commentaries or explications.

I’m adding here the two previous tranches of links posted on 28 March (14 items) and 13 May 2012 (13 items).    The 36 new pieces focus in the main around the reaction within Poland to the death of Szymanowski in March 1937.  But William Hughes has also selected further writings, by Mycielski and Iwaszkiewicz, which are more revealing of the music itself, of Szymanowski’s character, his writings or his faith.  Hughes is also not afraid in these translations to reveal (where others have glossed over) Szymanowski’s occasional anti-Jewish jibes or vulgarity.

You can find The Chronicles of Doctor Hughes at http://drwilliamhughes.blogspot.co.uk/.

• 13.08.12  Witold Hulewicz, ‘Bibliographic Sketch’, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 13.08.12  Witold Hulewicz, ‘On Karol Szymanowski’s Literary Activity’, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 9.08.12  Zbigniew Drzewiecki, ‘Szymanowski’s Testament’, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 7.08.12  Kazimierz Sikorski, ‘Address’ [at Szymanowski's funeral], Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 4.08.12  Prof. Ujejski, ‘Address’ [at Szymanowski's funeral], Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 31.07.12  Adolf Chybiński, ‘Karol Szymanowski (1883[sic]-1937)’, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 27.07.12  Stefania Szurlejówna, ‘The Funeral of Karol Szymanowski in Kraków, Prosto z mostu no.18 (1937)
• 24.07.12  Zygmunt Mycielski on Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante, pt.2Ucieczki z pięciolinii (1952)
• 21.07.12  Zygmunt Mycielski on Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante, pt.1Ucieczki z pięciolinii (1952)
• 17.07.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘Nine Years Ago’Ucieczki z pięciolinii (1946)
• 14.07.12  ‘From Letters and Remembrances of Szymanowski’, pt.3, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 12.07.12  ‘From Letters and Remembrances of Szymanowski’, pt.2Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 10.07.12  ‘From Letters and Remembrances of Szymanowski’, pt.1Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 6.07.12  Stanisław Piasecki, ‘Szymanowski’s Final Moments’, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 4.07.12  Stefania Szurlejówna, ‘The Funeral of Karol Szymanowski’ [in Warsaw], pt.3Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 2.07.12  Stefania Szurlejówna, ‘The Funeral of Karol Szymanowski’ [in Warsaw], pt.2Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 1.07.12  Stefania Szurlejówna, ‘The Funeral of Karol Szymanowski’ [in Warsaw], pt.1Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 29.06.12  Jerzy Waldorff, ‘Szymanowski, the ‘Educator of a Generation’ ‘, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 27.06.12  Michał Kondracki, ‘A Memoir about Szymanowski’, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 25.06.12  Karol Szymanowski, ‘Religion as a Power Fortifying the Life of the Soul’ [poem 'To Man', plus commentary], undated
• 21.06.12  Stanisław Piasecki, ‘From Tymoszówka to the Skałka’, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 19.06.12  Zygmunt Piasecki, ‘Lecioły Zórazie’ [on the Kurpian Songs], Ucieczki z pięciolinii (1934)
• 17.06.12  Jerzy Andrzejewski, [untitled]Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 15.06.12  Konstanty Regamey, ‘Szymanowski’s Oeuvre’, pt.2, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 12.06.12  Konstanty Regamey, ‘Szymanowski’s Oeuvre’, pt.1, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 10.06.12  Karol Szymanowski, ‘A Man’s Individual Ethic’, [undated]
• 9.06.12  Bolesław Miciński, ‘Memory’, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 8.06.12  Roman Maciejewski, ‘Szymanowski’s Religiousness’, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 6.06.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘Karol Szymanowski’, Prosto z mostu no.17 (1937)
• 3.06.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘What was Szymanowski Like?’, pt.2 (1972)
• 3.06.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘What was Szymanowski Like?’, pt.1 (1972)
• 28.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘Karol in Słupsk’ (1972)
• 26.05.12  Iwaszkiewicz, ‘About a Friendship’ [Dzieje przyjaźni - Szymanowski's Correspondence], Życie Warszawy no.7 (1972)
• 24.05.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘Szymanowski’s Letters’, Notatki o muzyce i muzykach (1958)
• 21.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘ ‘From the Letters’ of Karol Szymanowski’ (1957)
• 17.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘Szymanowski as a Writer’ (1947)
…….

• 12.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘Szymanowski’s ‘King Roger”, Wiadomość Literackie no.26 (1926)
• 11.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘Ahead of the premiere of King Roger’, Wiadomość Literackie no.25 (1926)
• 10.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘The History of ‘King Roger”, Muzyka no.6 (1926)
• 8.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, ‘My composition lessons with Szymanowski’, Muzyka Polska no.3 (1939)
• 5.05.12  Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska, ‘The Last Days of Karol Szymanowski’, pt.3, Muzyka Polska no.4 ( 1937)
• 1.05.12  Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska, ‘The Last Days of Karol Szymanowski’, pt.2, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 26.04.12  Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska, ‘The Last Days of Karol Szymanowski, pt.1, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 22.04.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘Szymanowski’s Horizon’, Nowiny Literackie no.3-4 (1947)
• 16.04.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘Szymanowski – the Romantic?’, Odrodzenie (1947)
• 11.04.12  Mycielski reminisces… Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 8.04.12  Zygmunt Mycielski, ‘Harnasie in Paris’, Prosto z mostu no.19 (1936)
• 4.04.12  Leonia Gradstein, ‘Harnasie in Paris’, pt.2, Ruch Muzyczny no.3 (1948)
• 1.04.12  Leonia Gradstein, ‘Harnasie in Paris’, pt.1, Ruch Muzyczny no.3 (1948)
…….

• 28.03.12  Szymanowski’s Piano Concerto, pt.2 (1950)
• 28.03.12  In memoriam Karol Szymanowski (28/03/1937)
• 24.03.12  Szymanowski’s Piano Concerto, pt.1 (1950)
• 19.03.12  Tadeusz Baird, ‘Szymanowski’s music has always meant so much to me’ (1979)
• 17.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski, ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’, pt.3 (1937)
• 15.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski, ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’, pt.2 (1937)
• 10.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski, ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’, pt.1 (1937)
• 4.03.12  ‘Stefania Łobaczewska, ‘The Myth of Karol Szymanowski’, Muzyka no.4-5 (1937)
• 28.02.12  Paying Homage, pt.4: Roman Maciejewski, Muzyka no.4-5 (1937)
• 24.02.12  Paying Homage, pt.3: Zygmunt Mycielski, Muzyka no.4-5 (1937)
• 22.02.12  Paying Homage, pt.2: Piotr Perkowski, Muzyka no.4-5 (1937)
• 21.02.12  Paying Homage, pt.1: Jan Maklakiewicz, Muzyka no.4-5 (1937)
• 17.02.12  ‘The Breath of Greatness’: Lutosławski on Szymanowski, Muzyka Polska no.4 (1937)
• 13.02.12  Andrzej Dobrowolski analyses Szymanowski’s ‘Preludium and Fugue’, Ruch Muzyczny no.20 (1948)

• More Szymanowski from Doctor Hughes

William Hughes has been busy translating more Polish accounts of Szymanowski to extend the list that I linked to on 28 March (The Chronicles of Dr Hughes). The thirteen new translations include accounts of the Paris premiere in 1935 of the ballet Harnasie (Mountain Robbers) by Szymanowski’s secretary Leonia Gradstein and his young friend, the composer Zygmunt Mycielski.  There are three further articles by Mycielski and contributions from the writer Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz.  Iwaszkiewicz was Szymanowski’s cousin and the co-author with the composer of the libretto for Szymanowski’s opera King Roger.  Iwaszkiewicz’s three articles about King Roger are particularly interesting.  The highlight of William Hughes’s new translations is the account of Szymanowski’s sister Stanisława of the composer’s last days.  She is remarkably frank and detailed, and her emotional description is still moving today, 75 years after his death.

I’m posting links to these new translations below, starting with the most recent. Further down the page I’ve reprinted the list from 28 March, so that they can be viewed together.

You can find The Chronicles of Doctor Hughes at http://drwilliamhughes.blogspot.co.uk/.

• 12.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz – ‘Szymanowski’s ‘King Roger” (‘Wiadomość Literackie’ 1926, nr 26)
• 11.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz – ‘Ahead of the premiere of King Roger’ (‘Wiadomość Literackie’ 1926, nr 25)
• 10.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz – ‘The History of ‘King Roger” (‘Muzyka’ 1926, nr 6)
• 8.05.12  Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz – ‘My composition lessons with Szymanowski’ (‘Muzyka Polska’ 1939, nr 3)
• 5.05.12  Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska – ‘The Last Days of Karol Szymanowski’ (‘Muzyka Polska’ 1937, nr 4) [part III]
• 1.05.12  Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska – ‘The Last Days of Karol Szymanowski’ (‘Muzyka Polska’ 1937, nr 4 [part II]
• 26.04.12  Stanisława Korwin-Szymanowska – ‘The Last Days of Karol Szymanowski’ (‘Muzyka Polska’ 1937, nr 4 [part I]
• 22.04.12  Zygmunt Mycielski – ‘Szymanowski’s Horizon’ (‘Nowiny Literackie’ 1947, nr 3-4)
• 16.04.12  Zygmunt Mycielski – ‘Szymanowski – the Romantic?’ (‘Odrodzenie’ 1947)
• 11.04.12  Mycielski reminisces… (‘Muzyka Polska’ 1937, no.4)
• 8.04.12  Zygmunt Mycielski – ‘Harnasie in Paris’ (‘Prosto z mostu’ 1936, nr 19)
• 4.04.12  Leonia Gradstein – ‘Harnasie in Paris’ (‘Ruch Muzyczny’ 1948, nr 3) [Part II]
• 1.04.12  Leonia Gradstein – ‘Harnasie in Paris’ (‘Ruch Muzyczny’ 1948, nr 3) [Part I]

• 28.03.12  Szymanowski’s Piano Concerto [Part II] (1950)
• 28.03.12  In memoriam Karol Szymanowski (28/03/1937)
• 24.03.12  Szymanowski’s Piano Concerto [Part I] (1950)
• 19.03.12  Tadeusz Baird – ‘Szymanowski’s music has always meant so much to me’ (1979)
• 17.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski – ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’ [Part Three] (1937)
• 15.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski – ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’ [Part Two] (1937)
• 10.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski – ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’ [Part One] (1937) 
• 4.03.12  ‘The Myth of Karol Szymanowski’ – Stefania Łobaczewska (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 28.02.12  Paying Homage (Part IV): Roman Maciejewski (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 24.02.12  Paying Homage (Part III): Zygmunt Mycielski (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 22.02.12  Paying Homage (Part II): Piotr Perkowski (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 21.02.12  Paying Homage (Part I): Jan Maklakiewicz (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 17.02.12  ‘The Breath of Greatness’: Lutosławski on Szymanowski (‘Muzyka Polska’, 1937, No 4)
• 13.02.12  Andrzej Dobrowolski analyses Szymanowski’s ‘Preludium and Fugue’ (‘Ruch Muzyczny’, 1948 nr.20)

• The Chronicles of Doctor Hughes

A few months ago, I heard again from a colleague whom I’d last met in the mid-2000s.  It turned out that he’d been posting on Szymanowski for some time and was about to translate key Polish tributes to the composer into English.  I can’t emphasise too strongly how important this is.  Polish is a tricky language and far too little of its literature, especially that written earlier than the last 50 years or so, has been translated.  This applies to texts on music too.

So, as the 75th anniversary of the hour of Szymanowski’s death approaches, all praise to William Hughes for his selfless service to lovers of Szymanowski’s music by giving us access to Polish writings, especially those penned immediately after his death.  I’m posting links to these translations below, starting with the most recent.

You can find The Chronicles of Doctor Hughes at http://drwilliamhughes.blogspot.co.uk/.

• 28.03.12  Szymanowski’s Piano Concerto [Part II] (1950)
• 28.03.12  In memoriam Karol Szymanowski (28/03/1937)
• 24.03.12  Szymanowski’s Piano Concerto [Part I] (1950)
• 19.03.12  Tadeusz Baird – ‘Szymanowski’s music has always meant so much to me’ (1979)
• 17.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski – ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’ [Part Three] (1937)
• 15.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski – ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’ [Part Two] (1937)
• 10.03.12  Stefan Kisielewski – ‘Karol Szymanowski’s Final Journey’ [Part One] (1937) 
• 4.03.12  ‘The Myth of Karol Szymanowski’ – Stefania Łobaczewska (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 28.02.12  Paying Homage (Part IV): Roman Maciejewski (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 24.02.12  Paying Homage (Part III): Zygmunt Mycielski (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 22.02.12  Paying Homage (Part II): Piotr Perkowski (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 21.02.12  Paying Homage (Part I): Jan Maklakiewicz (‘Muzyka’ 1937, nr 4-5)
• 17.02.12  ‘The Breath of Greatness’: Lutosławski on Szymanowski (Muzyka Polska, 1937, No 4)
• 13.02.12  Andrzej Dobrowolski analyses Szymanowski’s ‘Preludium and Fugue’ (‘Ruch Muzyczny’, 1948 nr.20)

There are other posts connected to Szymanowski, one on the vagaries of Polish publishing standards, insights into another of William Hughes’s passions – Bill Evans, and sound files of some of Hughes’s own compositions.

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