Karol Szymanowski Biography (Wikipedia)
Karol Maciej Szymanowski (6 October 1882 – 29 March 1937) was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century. He is considered a member of the late 19th-/early 20th-century modernist movement Young Poland.
The early works show the influence of the late Romantic German school as well as the early works of Alexander Scriabin, as exemplified by his Étude Op. 4 No. 3 and his first two symphonies. Later, he developed an impressionistic and partially atonal style, represented by such works as the Third Symphony and his Violin Concerto No. 1. His third period was influenced by the folk music of the Polish Górale region, including the ballet Harnasie, the Fourth Symphony, and his sets of Mazurkas for piano.
He was awarded the highest national honors, including the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and other distinctions, both Polish and foreign.
- Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sqt49.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sqt49.jpg2014-02-22T12:46:00.000ZRob Cowan compares recordings of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No.1 and makes a personal recommendationhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01sqt51
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
- Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1 - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-28T15:24:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01p1g5g
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1 - Preview Clip
- Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3, 'The Song of the Night' - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T13:11:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Szymanowski's Symphony No. 3, 'The Song of the Night'.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01jwmrm
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3, 'The Song of the Night' - Preview Clip
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