• William Hughes completes his Szymanowski

It is almost five months since I last posted links to William Hughes’s invaluable English translations of Polish articles on Szymanowski (The Chronicles of Dr Hughes), the vast majority of them from 1937-38.  Since then, he has posted 68 more, making a final total of over 130 translations.  This has been a mammoth task, undertaken with love and care as well as from a burning desire to share these important documents with a wider audience.  I hope that his efforts will one day be rewarded with a hard-copy publication, so if you appreciate his extraordinarily selfless achievement and agree with me about wanting to see this material in print, do let him know.  He has redesigned his website so that is is easy to scroll through the summaries and click for the full articles.  He’s also added images to many of the items.

It’s superfluous for me to itemise these documents as in my previous posts, so it gives me great pleasure to direct you straight to his own site: http://drwilliamhughes.blogspot.co.uk/.  Bravo, William!

• 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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