• 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)

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