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Polish Music since Szymanowski

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521054720

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  • Issues of how artistic freedom was exercised and how well-known figures (Lutoslawski, Górecki, Penderecki) and unduly neglected composers (Baird, Serocki, Krauze) reacted to political upheavals form the core of this study of an incredibly rich musical history. Since the death of Szymanowski in 1937, Poland's music has been influenced by violent political upheavals--World War II, the Stalinism of the Cold War, the "thaw" of the late 1950s and 60s, the election of the Polish Pope and the rise and fall of the Solidarity Trade Union.

    • First book on a topic largely unknown outside Poland apart from the music of a few major composers such as Lutoslawski, Górecki and Penderecki
    • Considers political contexts and their impact on a nation's musical life
    • Traces the search for personal and national identity in the modern world
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    "Polish Music since Szymanowski is an important publication that should endure as the present generation of composers takes its audiences into the twenty-first century."
    -Opera Today

    "[A] rigorous and superbly documented volume"
    -Slavic Review

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    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521054720
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 1 table 93 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of musical examples
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Captive Muse:
    1. Szymanowski and his legacy
    2. The Second World War
    3. Post-war reconstruction
    4. Socialist realism I: its onset and genres
    5. Socialist realism II: concert music
    Part II. Facing West:
    6. The 'Warsaw Autumn'
    7. Engaging with the avant-garde
    Part III. The Search for Individual Identity:
    8. The pull of tradition
    9. Sonorism and experimentalism
    10. A significant hinterland
    Part IV. Modernisms and National Iconographies:
    11. Pursuing the abstract
    12. Music and symbolism I: sacred and patriotic sentiment
    13. Music and symbolism II: vernacular and classical icons
    14. Emigré composers
    15. Young Poland
    Part V. Postscript:
    16. After Lutoslawski
    Appendices
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Adrian Thomas, Cardiff University
    Adrian Thomas is Professor of Music at Cardiff University.

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