August 2002

Polish Music Center Newsletter Vol. 8, no. 8


Andrzej Panufnik In The News

Sir Andrzej Panufnik will soon have an official web site with up-to-date information, a detailed biography, a complete discography, published books, future performances, etc. In the meantime, information about him may be found on the PMC web site and on the web page of his main publisher, Boosey and Hawkes in London,

Panufnik’s music is very much present in the concert life in England. The Thames Pageant has recently been heard at the Royal Festival Hall, London. On August 6, his masterpiece, Sinfonia Sacra will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall, by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. This concert will be a part of the BBC Promenade summer festival.

A new biography, Andrzej Panufnik, by the Polish musicologist, Beata Bolesławska was published last autumn by PWM in Krakow. It is currently being translated into English by Boleslawska and John Allison, editor of Opera, and critic of the London Times.. There will be three more relevant publications emerging from Poland in the next couple of years, including papers from last year’s international conference at the the Musicology Department of the Jagiellonian University, edited by Dr. Jadwiga Paja Stach. The English version of this collection is to be published by the Polish Music Center at USC.

Panufnik’s Piece For Queen Mother

It is not well-known that Andrzej Panufnik’s works included a piece composed for the Queen Mother on her 80th birthday in 1980. With the passing away of Britain’s beloved Queen Mother on 30 March 2002 this little piece should perhaps be remembered. The three-minute composition Paen – scored for six French horns, six trumpets, six trombones, organ ad libitum and optional fanfare trumpets – had its first performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 16 November, with members of the Royal Military School of Music under the direction of Kneller Hall. A second, private performance took place at the Royal College of Music, where the Queen Mother was present and where Sir Andrzej was presented to her Highness.

In September 1990, upon his first return to Poland following a hiatus of 36 years, Paen was also used to hail the composer at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport. The ad hoc brass ensemble, organized and conducted by Joseph A. Herter, also recorded Paen for Andrzej Papuzinski’s documentary film on the composer Powrót Panufnika (The Return of Panufnik). [Joseph A. Herter]

Panufnik’s Piano Music CD

There has been a good deal of interest lately in the music of Sir Andrzej Panufnik. His piano works have long been associated (more perhaps than with any other pianist) with Raymond Clarke, who gave the first performance of the revised version of the Concerto in 1986, gave the London premičre of Pentasonata (and recorded it for the BBC) and studied the solo piano works in close association with the composer himself, who wrote to Clarke about the Concerto performance: “I listened with great pleasure and I admired immensely your musicianship and wonderful technique. The slow movement was very poetic and you gave so much vitality to the last movement.”

Raymond Clarke has now recorded for Divine Art a disc which includes all of Panufnik’s solo piano music: the Twelve Miniature Studies and two major works, Pentasonata andReflections, both of which appear in Clarke’s recitals on a regular basis. This is the first commercial recording of these pieces. The CD, to be issued in the summer (catalogue number 25018) also includes a feast of works by Shostakovich, another composer for whom Clarke is a well-known advocate; several of the opus 2 preludes, the Three Fantastic Dances, and Ten Aphorisms, another very rarely recorded cycle. More information may be found on the site:

Andrzej Markowski Remembered

In August the Polish music world celebrates the birthday of Andrzej Markowski, composer and conductor (b. 22 August 1924 in Lublin, died 30 October 1986, Warsaw). Markowski studied composition with Artur Malawski (1939-1941), Sir Alex Rowley (1946-47, London), Tadeusz Szeligowski (Warsaw). A student of conducting from the class of Witold Rowicki at the Warsaw State Higher School of Music, Markowski conducted the symphonic orchestras in Poznań, Katowice, Krakow, Wrocław, Łódz, and Warsaw. He is the initiator of the festival Vratislavia Cantans – that he for many years directed. He was known as an eminent interpreter of contemporary and early music. His concerts took him to the Royal Albert Hall, London and La Scala (1977). He conducted numerous premieres of new compositions and continued to compose himself. In Warsaw he was one of the pillars of the Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music; the photograph presents him while conducting, with Arthur Rubinstein at the piano. [Photo and information courtesy of Paul Markowski].

Penderecki Premiere At Carnegie Hall

Shirley Fleming, editor of “Music in Concert” for American Record Guide, wrote a review of the premiere performance of Penderecki’s Piano Concerto, “Resurrection,” with Polish- American pianist, Emanuel Ax, and the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall last May. She wrote, “Penderecki began this Philadelphia commission before the attacks of Sep 11 but states that he changed its character after that event. He writes with direct emotional force; confrontational exchanges between piano and orchestra are brief and emphatic, and the outlines of the music are always in clear profile. Much of this piece is strenuous, the pianist surging headlong across the keyboard with virtuosic vigor, hurling fistfuls of notes, striving mightily, challenging the orchestra when challenged in turn. There are, however, several serene episodes, a striking solo for English horn, and finally repeated references to the hymn “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow.” Emanuel Ax gave it a heroic performance, and the composer came on stage to a warm reception.”

Paderewski Exhibition At USC In September

Paderewski receives honorary doctorate from USC, 1923

Paderewski: Portrait of a Musician” Exhibition will be on display at Alfred Newman Recital Hall Gallery, USC, Los Angeles, from 17 September 2002, to 10 January 2003. Culled from the extensive collection of materials held at the Polish Music Center at the USC Thornton School of Music, this exhibition chronicles the life and career of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the musician-statesman who received an honorary doctorate from USC in 1923. Throughout his musical career Paderewski was actively lobbying for Polish independence; he collected funds to benefit the country, its soldiers and the victims of the war. His campaign resulted in Poland returning to the map of Europe; he then became the first Prime Minister of Poland and the first Polish delegate to the League of Nations. Paderewski’s compositions include songs, and piano pieces, an opera, Manru (1901), and a Symphony in B minor Polonia (1907). He also edited a 20 volume anthology of music by other composers, and Chopin’s complete works. However, his main title to fame was his talent as a virtuoso pianist; his music was partly preserved on piano rolls and transferred to CDs.

Paderewski receives honorary doctorate from USC.The exhibition presents the composer’s historical photographs from 1890-1930s, manuscripts, piano-roll recordings from 1910s, early editions of his music, samples of his editorial work (Chopin, Century Library), concert programs from American tours in 1920-24, advertisements for Steinway, Victor-Victrola, and the Aeolian Co., as well as books and recordings on LP and CD. Californian material linked to Paderewski includes documentation about his honorary doctorate from USC (1923), programs from his Los Angeles performances, and the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. The Exhibition is illustrated with excerpts from Paderewski’s speeches and period writings (poetry and music criticism). It is curated by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. Free, hours vary. Opening Reception: September 17, 2002; 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Following the reception you might attend a concert from the Thornton Music Masters Series, September 17, 2002. 8 p.m. USC Alfred Newman Hall, Free. Cynthia Munzer, mezzo-soprano, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, piano and Peter Marsh, violin.

A world-class opera veteran who has sung over twenty roles with the Metropolitan Opera Company, Cynthia Munzer joins Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Peter Marsh to perform chamber works and songs by Sergei Rachmaninov, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner and Aaron Copland.

Lutoslawski’s Concerto At Edinburgh Festival

On August 11, at the Edinburgh International Festival, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra will be heard, with Christoph von Dohnanyi, conducting. For more information call: Edinburgh International Festival. 44-131- 473-2000, or visit the web site:

Poznan Choir At The Capitol

During the summer tour of Canada and the U.S. the Academic Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, gave a concert for the U.S. senate at the Capitol on 30 July 2002. The concert was partly arranged by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (seen in the photo below, with the conductor of the choir, Jacek Sykulski, and the director of the organization, Joanna Baszkowska). Among other pieces on the program, the choir performed the American national anthem, arranged by Jacek Sykulski and his composition dedicated to the tragedy of September 11.

The tour, associated with the visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada, for World Youth Festival, includes the following concerts:

  • 21 July – Kitchener, Ontario, two concerts
  • 24 July – Toronto, Ontario, Youth Festival
  • 25 July – Toronto, Ontario, Gala Concert,
  • 26 July – Via Crucis, music for the liturgy presided by Pope John Paul II
  • 28 July – Papal Mass, Downsview Airfield
  • 30 July – The Capitol, Washington, D.C., Concert for the Senate, invitation by Hillary Clinton
  • 1 August – Montreal, Cathedral of Mary the Queen of the World
  • 2 August – Montreal, concert at the Oratory of St. Joseph
  • 3 August – Montreal, Basilica Notre Dame, Mass and concert; St. Patrick CAthedral, Syracuse, NY, concert and Mass
  • 4 August – Boston, concert and mass ata the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in the Cathedal
  • 5-7 August – Concerts in Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 8 August – New York, St. Patrick Cathedral, Manhattan
  • 9 August – New York, United Nations offices
  • 11 August – New York, St. Stanislaus Church
  • 11-14 August – Concerts at Nashville and Memphis
  • 15 August – Buffallo, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna
  • 17-18 August – Chicago, St. Helen’s Church; Polonia Piknik at Iriving Park, Cumberland
  • 20 August – Windsor,
  • 22 August – Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, London, Ontario
  • 23 August – Toronto, Polish Summer
  • 24 August – Piknik of the Polish Canadian Congress, Kitchener, Ontario
  • 25 August – farewell Mass and concert

For more information about the choir and the concert contact Przemysław Kieliszewski,, or the Polish Singers’ Alliance, Daniel J. Kij,

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57th Chopin Festival In Duszniki

Between August 2 and 10, visitors to Poland and Polish music lovers may attend the 57th Chopin International Festival at Duszniki Zdroj, Poland. Piotr Paleczny, artistic director. Guest pianists include: Denis Matsuev, Regina Smendzianka, Lim Dong-Hyek, Roberto Plano, Martin Roscoe, Gwendolyn Bradley, Tomasz Bugaj, Evgeny Mogilevsky, Nelson Freire and others. For detailed program visit

Lachert’s Music For USC

On June 3, 2002 Polish Music Center received 68 scores from Piotr Lachert with his own music published in Pescara (Chiola Music Press, Kamerton), and Bruxelles (Editions TEMV, Alain van Kerckhoven Editeur). The set included 55 published scores, and 13 so called provisional publications (computer printouts, xero copies of manuscripts).Piotr de Peslin Lachert, composer, pianist, and pedagogue was born in Warsaw, Poland on Sept. 5, 1938, he is a citizen of Belgium since 1977, and now lives in Pescara, Italy. More about his activity may be found at: In addition, you may visit Gdańsk Contemporary Music Lovers Society GKMMW site to listen to PIOTR LACHERT’s piano compositions on a new internet page: Their new e-mail address is [by BZ]

Organ Music By Poznan Composers

A new CD with Organ Music by Poznan Composers (Studio S Production, 2002, SSP 009) has recently been released. Elzbieta Karolak, organist from Poznan city, professor at Poznan Academy of Music, recorded this CD with music by composers from her own city. The CD includes the following organ pieces:

  • Mieczyslaw Surzynski: Improwizacje na temat piesni koscielnej “Swiety Boze” op.38 (1906)
  • Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski: Preludium op.16 nr 1 i “Air antique” op. 16 nr 2 (1926)
  • Feliks Nowowiejski: III Symfonia na organy “Lourdes” op. 45
  • Barbara Zakrzewska-Nikiporczyk: “Magnificat” (1989)
  • Rajmund Pietrzak: “Iubilate Deo per iubilaeum Eius” (2000)
  • Zbigniew Kozub: “Rag-Organ-Reparation-Time” (2001) [by BZ]

Kulenty’s Publisher: New Address

Hanna Kulenty’s publisher, Donemus has changed the name and address. It is now:

Donemus Muziek
Groep Nederland
Paulus Potterstraat 14 (instead of 16)
tel. + 31 20 3058900

Kulenty has recently completed her Trumpet Concerto which will be premiered at the Warsaw Autumn Festival this fall. She is currently working on an opera to the libretto based on the last screenplay by Andrej Tarkovsky, fabled Russian film-maker. The opera will be premiered in Berlin in the fall of 2003.

Berenika Zakrzewski In The News

Young Canadian pianist, Berenika Zakrzewski is the subject of several sites with information about music events. The links include:


Marcin Nowakowski Recording

Do you want to hear the voice of the late great Polish bass, Marian Nowakowski? I read in a July issue of the Polish American Journal that a remastered release of opera, oratorio and song featuring the great Marian Nowakowski is now available and had been reviewed in the February 2002 issue of Opera News.[WW]

Awards and Competitions

San Francisco Chopin Competition

The winner of the first prize in the 2002 Chopin Foundation of San Francisco Piano Competition was Aaron Rosenthal, student of William Wellborn. The second prize went to Kevin Chen, also student of William Wellborn.

Awards For Czyz, Ladysz, Schaeffer

The 2002 Awards of the Minister of Culture in Poland were given to: composer/conductor Henryk Czyz, bass Bernard Ladysz and composer/author/professor Boguslaw Schaeffer. Congratulations for the winners!

Chopin Competition, Polish Fest

Calling all pianists age 5-23 to enter the Chopin Competition to be held on 5 October at the Polish Fest, hosted by the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Parish in Latham, NY. One Chopin piece of your choice. Three prizes will be awarded: $1,000 Savings Bond for Master Level; $500 for winner in Chopin Apprentice level and $100 for the Young Chopin level. Deadline: 16 September, 2002. For more information look up: or e-mail to or call Mrs. Alberti at 518-584-3131.


by Wanda Wilk

American Record Guide Reviews

Reviewed in American Record Guide, July/August 2002 issue:

NAXOS 554788. Kilar: Krzesany, Angelus, Exodus and Victoria. Hasmik Papian, s. Cracow Philharmonic Chorus; Polish Radio Symphony. Antoni Wit, cond.

Allan Gimbel wrote, “this release shows Kilar to be much more than merely a composer of coincidental music for film. This is very much worthy of your attention…a terrific collection” and concluded his review with “The Polish choarl and orchestral forces are first rate, engineering is excellent, and the price is right.”

DUX 0270 Paderewski: Piano Miniatures; Sonata. Elzbieta Guzek, piano.

DUX is a Polish record company that has put out some excellent recordings. Alexander Morin found Ms. Guzek’s performance “quite pleasant listening” and having a sound technique. He described the sonata, one of Paderewski’s “few large-scale works” as never having become popular, partly because of its length and difficulty and partly because “for every good musical idea it contains – and there are many – there are other passages that are repetitive and uninteresting.” To each, his own.

Reviews In Gramophone

DECCA 470 288-2DH Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3, Etudes, Op. 25, Trois Nouvelles Etudes. Nelson Freire, piano.

David Fanning reviews this and concludes that “this, then, is not quite a disc to displace classic exponents such as Gilels and Pollini; but it is certainly one to weigh seriously alongside them.” This disc is also reviewed in American Record Guide and there the critic, David Mulbury, brings attention to “His superlative technique, which appears to know no limitations and enables him to place every note perfectly and with immaculate security and evenness, could define the term “transcendental.” For those who prefer their Chopin played in a big virtuoso manner, brimming with power, speed, electricity, and rolling sonorities, this should be a coveted recording. This is masculine pianism and there is generous musicality, too, of a kind.” Note: Freire is one of the pianists appearing at the Chopin International Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj. See calendar.

RCA Red Seal 09026 68959-2 Chopin: Nocturne; Barcarolle; Berceuse and Polonaise- Fantaisie; and Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words. Alicia de Larrocha, piano.

Tim Parry preferred her Mendelssohn renditions to her Chopin, where he felt some technical stress and loose rhythmic control, but thought “The sound faithfully captures her distinctive tonal palette.”

Deadalus Summer Music Sale Catalog

An unusual Chopin disc entitled “Exploration” is the last of a series “geared toward Chopin’s 150th anniversary year ” was released as Opus 111. Available here for only $4.98. It is an “innovative overview of the Polish composer/pianist’s career. Performers range from classical virtuosos (Olejniczak, Sokolove) to Zespol Polski (an ensemble that plays Polish folk music on authentic instruments, juxtaposing traditional polkas and kujawiaks with Chopin mazurkas) and Leszek Mozdzer (a classically trained jazz pianist who offers provocative and pleasing improvisations on familiar piano works).

Byron Janis plays Chopin. EMI Classics (cutout). $6.98 “This was the first recording in 34 years for Byron Janis, who stopped performing until he found a way to assuage his arthritis. Horowitz’s first pupil, Janis always had his mentor’s affinity to Chopin, but like his namesake, he was bolder, more poetic, and more passionate.”

“Jewels of the Polish Baroque.” Dorian Discovery. $6.98. I don’t know why this produced in 1996 didn’t become a best seller. It features some of the best works from this period by composers Szarzynski, Mielczewski, Sieprawski, Rohaczewski, Stachowicz, Jarzebski and Milwid. “The twelve sacred and secular compositions presented on this disc blend Polish dances and folk tunes with Italianate musical forms into rich and rare compositions, both vocal and instrumental.”

Polish jazz pianist Adam Makowicz. Part of the Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Vol. 24. $5.98. Penguin Guide wrote, “It has become almost a cliche to characterize Adam Makowicz’s style as a hybrid of Art Tatum and Chopin. Technically at least, it’s pretty near the mark, and there is a persistent romantic (even tragic) tinge to even his most exuberant playing.”The above CDs can be ordered from 1-800-395-2655 or online at

Polish Music In NAXOS Catalog

This will be the first in a series of articles about various recording companies (Polish and non-Polish) and how much of their catalog is devoted to Polish composers. I selected Naxos as the first one because I just picked up their “2002 Catalogue” at Tower Records. The company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and it claims to be “the world’s leading classical music label.”

They have ten Polish composers in their catalog. The first one I found was Tekla Badarzewski-Baranowska (1834-1861), whose sole claim to fame after her short life is “Maiden’s Prayer,” Op. 4 for piano. This piece was so popular that hundreds of thousands of printed copies were still sold years after her death. Pianist Peter Nagy performs.

They recorded the complete piano works of Chopin (28 CDs in all) with an educational 4-CD group narrated by Jeremy Siepmann.

They are known for their “budget label” series of several composers, which includes the complete works of Polish greats Szymanowski, Lutoslawski and Penderecki. There are 12 discs of Szymanowski’s orchestral works performed by the Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra with Karol Stryja conducting. Martin Roscoe’s Complete Piano Works of Szymanowski is here. The Lutoslawski Complete Works (25 CDs) feature the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit. There are three volumes of Penderecki’s orchestral works and they also include the PNRSO with Antoni Wit, and a CD of his Concerto for flute and orchestra da camera. Most of the Szymanowski CDs have one to three five-star ratings, while the Lutoslawski ones range from three to five five-star ratings.

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki is represented by two CDs. One of the Second Symphony with Beatus Vir and the second with the famous Third Symphony and Three Pieces in the Olden Style with the PNRSO and conductor Antoni Wit.

They have three CDs of Paderewski’s music, which includes the excellent rendition of his Piano Concerto and Fantasie Polonaise by Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska. They also have a CD of Godowsky’s “Triakontameron,” four discs of Moszkowski’s music and one of a Tansman piece for guitar.

They also have in their collections “The Best of Chopin” and “The Best of “Lutoslawski.” In their easy listening category they have “The Romantic Chopin.” I also found that their 19th century Guitar Favorites by Spanish composers featured four Mazurkas. This was no surprise, for many years ago it was brought to my attention that Mazurkas were very popular in the Phillipines, having been brought their by the Spaniards.

Their “101 Great Orchestral Classics” in 10 volumes includes Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (vol. 1) and Piano Concerto No. 2 (vol. 10). No other Polish orchestral works. They could and should have Karlowicz, Szymanowski and Lutoslawski here. Maybe they still will.

In the Historical releases they have three recordings of Artur Rubinstein playing Chopin and one by Alfred Cortot.

Penderecki’s “7 Gates of Jerusalem” can be found in the new DVD group of 38 recordings so far.

Although there is a review of Kilar’s “Krzesany” on the Naxos label in the latest issue of American Record Guide, I did not find it in the Naxos 2002 catalogue. This is a mystery.

I also read with interest the section on classical music used in films and available on CD. I learned that Chopin’s music has been used in fifteen films, which include “Moonraker” and “Shine.” Gorecki’s famous Third Symphony has been featured in the films, “Basquiat,” “Fearless” and “Police,” and Szymanowski’s “Stabat Mater” was used in the film, “The Polish Bride.”

In summary, all in all, I would say this is a pretty good representation of Polish music. I believe the Szymanowski recordings are from the original Marco Polo labels. Naxos and Marco Polo are part of the Hong Kong-based record company of HNH International Ltd. Klaus Heymann is the founder of Naxos. The best part of this company is that “the price is right.” Having budget-priced recordings while featuring first-rate artists and orchestras who garner five-star ratings is even greater!! Here’s to Naxos and more Polish music!!!

Recent Performances

Paderewski Anniversary In Poland

A 10th anniversary concert commemorating the return of Paderewski’s remains to Poland took place on June 28th at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. The program sponsored by the Polish Embassy featured artists: Alina Kozinska, soprano; Jozef Surowiec, baritone, and Carlos Rodriguez, piano. The guest of honor was retired ambassador, General Edward Rowny, who has established a web-site for the late great piano virtuoso Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Chopin In Los Angeles

Pianist Maria Demina performed Chopin’s 12 Etudes, Op. 10 and Tchaikovsky’s Sonata at the “Sundays Live” program that took place at the Bing Theatre of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on July 28th at 6:00 p.m. Free.

Music By Piotr Grella Mozejko

2002, June 21 Moon down (for Boudewijn Buckinx) version for flute & piano; Penelope Clarke, flute; Joy Fahrenbruck, piano; New Music North Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario;

2002, June 11 Time is a River without Banks (coloratura after Marc Chagall); Laurent Estoppey, alto saxophone; Lucerne, Switzerland;

2002, May 16 Anya’s Dream; Charles Stolte, alto saxophone; Roger Admiral, piano; Moon down (for Boudewijn Buckinx) version for clarinet & piano; Don Ross, clarinet; Roger Admiral. piano; Edmonton, Alberta

2002, March 31 muziek voor van Zoelen (coloratura) for bass saxophone & electronics; Andreas van Zoelen; Hervormde Kerk, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands

2002, March 29 Ave verum corpus for mixed choir; Robertson-Wesley United Church Choir; Stillman Matheson (cond.); Robertson-Wesley United Church, Edmonton, AB

2002, March 9 Numen version for clarinet & piano; Katarzyna Marczak, clarinet; Slawomir Kokosza, piano (members of the Ara Ensemble); Florianka concert hall (Jagiellonian University), Kraków, Poland (Write & Play Festival and Seminar)

2002, March 7 Lachrymae (in Memory of September 11, 2001) for organ; Carson P. Cooman; Rochester Christian Reformed Church, Rochester, N.Y.

2002, February 20 Walzer (für Joseph Matthias Hauer) for piano; Gabriela Szendzielorz, piano; Wroclaw, Poland (Musica Polonica Nova Festival)

2002, February 3 Orion (Music for Franz K.) for saxophone & electronics; Jennifer Wardle, saxophone; Toronto, ON (earshot concerts)

2002, February 2 Credo for orchestra; Scarborough Philharmonic, Jerome David Summers (cond.); Scarborough, ON


Born This Month

  • August 4, 1879 – Józef REISS, musicologist, Polish music expert (d. 1956)
  • August 7, 1935 – Monika (Izabela) GORCZYCKA, musicologist (d. 1962)
  • August 8, 1946 – Mieczysław MAZUREK, composer, teacher, choral conductor
  • August 8, 1897 – Stefan ŚLEDZIŃSKI, conductor, musicologist
  • August 10, 1914 – Witold MAŁCUŻYŃSKI, pianist, student of Lefeld
  • August 11, 1943 – Krzysztof MEYER, composer, musicologist (see his Page at PMC)
  • August 17, 1907 – Zygmunt MYCIELSKI, composer, writer
  • August 18, 1718 – Jacek SZCZUROWSKI, composer, Jesuit, priest (d. after 1773)
  • August 20, 1889 – Witold FRIEMAN, composer, pianist
  • August 21, 1933 – Zbigniew BUJARSKI, composer (see his Page at PMC)
  • August 22, 1924 – Andrzej MARKOWSKI, composer and conductor
  • August 23, 1925 – Włodzimierz KOTOŃSKI, composer (see his Page at PMC)
  • August 28, 1951 – Rafał AUGUSTYN, composer, music critic
  • August 29, 1891 – Stefan STOIŃSKI, music etnographer, organizer, conductor (d. 1945)
  • August 30, 1959 – Janusz STALMIERSKI, composer


Died This Month

  • August 15, 1898 – Cezar TROMBINI, singer, director of Warsaw Opera (b. 1835)
  • August 15, 1936 – Stanisław NIEWIADOMSKI, composer, music critic
  • August 17, 1871 – Karol TAUSIG, pianist and composer, student of Liszt (b. 1841)
  • August 21 1925 – Karol NAMYSŁOWSKI, folk musician, founder of folk ensemble
  • August 22, 1966 – Apolinary SZELUTO, composer and pianist, (see his Page at PMC)
  • August 23, 1942 – Wacław WODICZKO, conductor (b. 1858), grandfather of Bohdan, conductor
  • August 27, 1865 – Józef NOWAKOWSKI, pianist, composer, student of Elsner, friend of Chopin
  • August 29, 1886 – Emil ŚMIETAŃSKI, pianist, composer (b. 1845)