The Special Collections Department of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IS-PAN) recently acquired the archive of Stefan Jarociński, an outstanding musicologist, long-time head of the Institute of Music History at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Institute received invaluable materials for research into the history of 20th-century musicology and music courtesy of the wife of the scholar, who died in 1980.
An important part of the archive pertains to Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994), a friend of Jarociński from his junior high school days. It includes not only letters addressed to the musicologist, but also autographs of works by the eminent composer. The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences has now manuscripts of Sześć piosenek dziecinnych [Six Children’s Songs] to the words of Julian Tuwim—this is a rarity, as most of Lutosławski’s legacy is kept at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, in addition to five manuscripts held by the USC Polish Music Center in Los Angeles.
The archive of Stefan Jarociński is the subject of research by Małgorzata Sieradz, Ph.D. from the Department of Musicology at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. One can read more about the history of Jarociński’s friendship with Lutosławski and the entire collection of “Lutosławskians” at the Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences in the latest issue of the quarterly journal Muzyka (2020, No. 4).
More information at: czasopisma.ispan.pl/index.php/m/announcement/view/16