Maria Szymanowska : Pianist and Composer

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Maria Szymanowska : Pianist and Composer

Slawomir Dobrzanski


Maria Szymanowska—Pianist and Composer spotlights the achievements and celebrates the fascinating life of one of the first internationally renowned piano virtuosos of the early 19th century. A divorced mother of three, Szymanowska was a close friend of Goethe, Pushkin, and Mickiewicz, a colleague of Cherubini, Hummel and Field, and pianist at the Imperial Court at St. Petersburg. Her compositions, including virtuoso Etudes and Preludes and Polish dances such as the Polonaise and the Mazurka, undoubtedly influenced Chopin’s own development as pianist and composer.

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Lionized by the high society and favorably reviewed by leading journals of her day, Szymanowska traveled widely from her native Warsaw, spending considerable time in Paris, London, Weimar, Moscow and St. Petersburg in addition to forays in Italy and visits to fashionable spas of Germany. Szymanowska was also a dedicated collector of autographs. Her unique Sztambuchy [Notebooks], with illustrations, inscriptions, letters, and musical works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Clementi, Field, Haydn, Handel, Hummel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Paganini, Rossini, Salieri, and Robert and Clara Schumann, testify to the breadth and scope of this unique personage in the history of Polish music.

Publication Date07/2006 ISBN: 9781932800180 Number of Pages 174
Author Biography
Sławomir Dobrzański is a graduate of the prestigious Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he was a student of Regina Smendzianka and Andrzej Dutkiewicz. In the United States, Mr. Dobrzański continued his piano studies with Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas. He had also attended the Lucerne Conservatory in Switzerland, where he was a pupil of Malcolm Frager and Mieczysław Horszowski. In May of 2001, Dobrzański completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, where he studied piano performance with Neal Larrabee. Sławomir Dobrzański taught piano as Guest Artist at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, and at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Currently he holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. His recent performances in the United States included concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, among others. The itinerary of his overseas concert tours included Germany, Belgium, Poland, and South America. Sławomir Dobrzański is a member of the Atma Piano Trio with violinist Blanka Bednarz and cellist Cheung Chau. The ensemble regularly tours Europe and North America. Sławomir Dobrzański has recorded solo and chamber music by Lutosławski, Szymanowski, Chopin, Kisielewski, Malawski (complete piano solo music), Rybicki, Tausig, and Brahms for Polish Radio and Television.
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