Polish Music Newsletter
July 2006, Vol. 12, No. 7. ISSN 1098-9188. Published monthly.
Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California

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PMC NEWS: STUDENTS IN FOCUS
SZYMON GRAB

For the month of July we're continuing our series spotlighting the young Polish artists currently or recently studying at USC's Thornton School of Music. This month, we are truly pleased to present Szymon Grab, a virtuoso organist, who already managed to impress us since he arrived in Los Angeles in January 2006.

Szymon Grab was born in 1980 in Wrocław, Poland. His father, an organist at a parish church in Legnica, was Szymon's first music teacher. Later, he attended the Karol Kurpiński State Music High School in Legnica, first studying piano and accordion. At the age of 13, Szymon began to study organ with Ryszard Rydz, a well-known local organist. Between the years 1995 and 1997 Szymon was a two-time recipient of the Ministry of Culture Scholarship Award, and also received the Artistic Award of the City of Legnica. In 1999 Szymon graduated from the Music High School with a diploma in solo organ performance and moved to Warsaw to study at the Chopin Academy of Music with Professor Andrzej Chorosiński. That same year, at the age of nineteen, Szymon made his official debut at the International Organ Festival in Kłodzko. Szymon attended master classes given by the most prominent European organists and participated in numerous international organ festivals, including Görlitzer Orgelzyklus, the International Organ Festival in Kłodzko, and the Conversatorium Organowe in Legnica. Szymon Grab was a finalist at the 2002 Nijmegen International Organ Competition in the Netherlands, and at the 2003 Anton Heiller International Organ Competition in Italy. In 2004 Szymon graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Warsaw and since January 2006 he has been a student of Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California. Most recently Szymon made his American debut at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles in a special service commemorating the late Pope John Paul II and the 215 th anniversary of the Polish Constitution (Szymon is pictured at the Cathedral organ above.)

In a recent interview at the Polish Music Center at USC, we asked Szymon how he began his studies in music. Although he is somewhat reticent in speaking about himself, he actually had a very interesting story for us:

My father was a soldier-musician and amateur accordion player. This made him quite popular with the ladies in our small town and, as a young boy I was very impressed by that. So, at the age of 6, I began to study piano and accordion, following in my father's footsteps. When I was 10, my father became organist for our parish church in Legnica, and this is the first time when I saw close-up the instrument that eventually became my musical passion. I studied piano and accordion for about 12 years, and switched to organ when I was 15. There was a very practical reason for it—because I was a small-framed boy, I had to play a small-sized accordion. Changing the instrument and becoming organ student opened many new horizons for me! As soon as I finished the Music High School in Legnica, I was invited to audition for an admission to the prestigious organ program at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. The exam was a competition and I did very well, so I was accepted. By 2004 I graduated with a diploma of concert organist.

Our next question was how Szymon ended up in Los Angeles. It turned out that that situation was rife with serendipity.

The option to study in the United States came about because many years ago I met two prominent American organists, Cherry Rhodes and her husband, Ladd Thomas. They came to Poland to play a concert in Legnica in 1998. I was actually assisting in their performance, which usually means pulling the appropriate stops and maybe turning pages during the concert. But the historical organ at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul had several problems, including pipes that didn't work at all, and bellows that worked only intermittently. I had to pull out several pipes out and fix numerous last-minute mechanical problems, even just before the concert began. Of course my white shirt and hands were thoroughly blackened by soot. I was also covered with cobwebs that were spread all over the inner parts of the instrument. Still, the concert went ahead as planned, and was a great success. Cherry and Ladd were very impressed with what I was able to do for them on the spot. They thanked me and, even after returning to Los Angeles, e-mailed me with kind words of thanks for my professional help. After that I thought that I could write to them at USC and explore a possibility of studying here. But, at first, I wasn't ready to leave home and decided to spend some time working as piano accompanist and music tutor in Legnica. Only after a year of doing this kind of work I decided to apply for a scholarship here.

Finally, we asked Szymon about his impressions of USC, his teacher, and his repertoire.

My graduate studies at USC with Prof. Cherry Rhodes are mainly concentrated on the romantic and contemporary repertoire. There is some music by the Baroque-era masters—Bach, Buxtehude or Clerambault—that we've also worked on. The opportunity to work with Prof. Rhodes is for me an amazing musical experience, since she is an expert on the European and American school of organ performance. During the late 1960s and early 1970s she lived in Europe for several years and studied with such 'organ celebrities' as Karl Richter, Marie-Claire Alain, or Jean Guillou (she had the great honor of being Guillou's assistant at the church of St. Eustache in Paris ). About the same time she won the 1966 International Organ Competition in Munich and thus became the first American to win such an honor. Today, Cherry Rhodes is universally acknowledged as an expert on the legendary French virtuoso organist and composer, Jean Guillou. Right now I'm working with Prof. Rhodes on Guillou's brilliant Toccata Op. 9. It is great fun and a challenge, since Prof. Rhodes is very demanding in terms of sound quality in organ performance. She expects clean articulation and careful selection of sound color, even with the full registration. These aspects of organ playing are often neglected by many organists since the instrument is thought to be 'inexpressive.' In the coming months I'm looking forward to expanding my early music repertoire and performing a lot of concerts for a great variety of American audiences.

NEWS

SENATE RECOGNIZES PADEREWSKI

U.S. Capitol bldg.

U.S. Senators Hagel, Mikulski, Durbin, Murkowski, and Voinovich submitted a resolution honoring the late Ignacy Jan Paderewski to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where it was accepted and passed. The resolution recognizes the accomplishments of Ignacy Jan Paderewski as a musician, composer, statesman, and philanthropist, and commemorates the 65th anniversary of his death on June 29, 1941."Whereas Paderewski wished his heart to be forever enshrined in the United States, where his lifelong struggle for democracy and freedom had its roots and was cultivated, and now his heart remains at the Shrine of the Częstochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania..."


KOVACIC TO LEAD LEOPOLDINUM

Austrian violinist, Ernst Kovacic, was appointed the Artistic Director of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wrocław. He will officially take charge in January 2007. Kovacic is the third internationally renowned artist to hold a directorial position in Wrocław, the other two being Paul McCreesh, new director of Wratislavia Cantans festival, and Jacek Kaspszyk, the first conductor of Wrocław Philharmonic . Kovacic's contract includes planning 12 concerts and leading at least half of them.

Ernst Kovacic was born in Austria and studied in Vienna. He has worked with ensembles in Vienna and at the same time developed a prominent international solo career. He is a laureate of competitions in Geneva, Barcelona and Munich.

The Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra was established in 1978 by Tadeusz Strugała. Artistic Director Karol Teutsch established the group's unique image of being led by the ensemble's primary musician rather than by a separate conductor, a tradition which was later continued by Jan Stanienda and Zbigniew Szufłat, giving the ensemble a special touch.


“MUSICA CLAROMONTANA” SERIES

The first three publications released by Polish Music Editions (PWM) in cooperation with the Jasna Góra monastery were recently announced by the largest Polish music publishing house. Missa Pastoralis by Marcin Józef Żebrowski, Psalmy Nieszporne by father Eryk Brikner and Missa F by Józef Elsner are included in the first part of series presenting the musical output of the monastery and treasures of its vault. The scores are published in very limited editions (about 200 units) due to very specialized projected customers and nature of the scores. The scores include an introduction in Polish and English as well as facsimiles of the original manuscripts. You can find these new scores in music bookstores around Poland as well as buy it online directly from PWM at www.pwm.com.pl , or their US representative Theodore Presser .


KACZMAREK'S NEW ORATORIO

The Oratorio 1956, finished just recently by Oscar winning Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, was commissioned by the government of Poznań to commemorate the deadly demonstrations that took place there in June of 1956. This monumental work requires a 120 piece orchestra, a 200 piece choir and 3 soloists. The composition consists of four movements entitled: Poranny Polonez [Morning Polonaise], Trend dla Romka [Threnody for Romek], Poznań – Budapeszt , and Jednym Tchem [In One Breath].

Kaczmarek's inspiration came from historic texts, including memoirs of the participants and of the victims. The composer also included a tribute to similar events in Budapest in October 1956, which were a direct result of Polish protests, by including one of the National Hungarian Songs with words by Sandor Petrofi.

The work was premiered by the Poznań Philharmonic under Michał Nesterowicz, the men's and boy's choir “Poznańskie Słowiki”, the Poznań Boy's Choir and Adam Mickiewicz University Choir. The solo parts were performed by sopranos Elżbieta Towarnicka and Agnieszka Tomaszewska, with folkloric vocals by Sussan Deyhim. The concert took place on June 28, 2006 on the Mickiewicz Square in Poznań.


REMEMBERING W. ŁABUŃSKI


Łabuński in 1963, unknown photographer

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music celebrated its 100th anniversary with an April weekend of celebrations marking its founding in 1906. The centennial's observances paid tribute to one of its former Polish faculty members and directors Wiktor Łabuński (1895-1974) with the announcement of the establishment of a scholarship in his name as part of the Conservatory's centennial scholarship fund.

W. Łabuński joined the school's piano faculty in 1937 and then became the conservatory's director in 1941, a position that he held until 1958. Łabuński came from a musical family. His older brother Feliks (1892-1979) became a well-known composer who, following in the footsteps of his younger brother, also immigrated to the United States, settling in Cincinnati. His father-in-law was the famous conductor Emil Młynarski, the first conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (1901) and later a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1929-31). His wife Wanda was also a pianist, and his sister-in-law Aniela was the wife of still another musical giant—pianist Artur Rubinstein.

Łabuński helped educate and train hundreds of pianists and composers, many who became well-known performers and composers or respected piano teachers themselves. One his former students, Colombian pianist Blanka Uribe, Professor Emeritus at Vassar College, won an honorable mention at the 1965 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

To establish a permanently endowed scholarship in Łabuński's name it is necessary to raise $10,000. So far, $1,000 has been collected. Contributions to the Wiktor Łabuński scholarship fund may be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa and Discover), or by check payable to "UMKC Conservatory of Music" with "Wiktor Labunski Scholarship" written on the memo line of the check or noted in an accompanying letter and sent to: Linda Robbins, Director of Conservatory Development, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110, USA.

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For more information, contact: robbinsl@umkc.edu


BLECHACZ'S CONTINUED SUCCESS

Rafał Blechacz has signed a five year contract with Deutsche Grammophon, one of the world's largest recording companies specializing in classical music. During the contractual period, Blechacz will record three albums, two of which will consist of works by Chopin. The first CD will be released next year. Blechacz is only the second Polish artist, after Krystian Zimmerman, to be signed with this prestigious recording company.

At the beginning of June, Rafał Blechacz went to visit the Steinway factory in Hamburg to pick a practice grand piano. The instrument, estimated to cost ca. 70,000 Euro, was funded by PKN Orlen, the Polish Refining Company.


MARIAN SAWA SOCIETY

To commemorate the 1st anniversary of the death of Marian Sawa, the Polish organist and composer, a society in his honor was created in Warsaw. The society's main focus will be the promotion of compositions by this great Polish composer, many of which are not published. The society will try to make these works available in print. Another field of activity will be promoting Sawa's music through concerts and scholarly sessions, bringing together music historians and theoreticians. The administration of the society consists of: Marietta Kruzel-Sosnowska (chairman), Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski (vice-chairman), Piotr Grinholc (treasurer), Leszek Mateusz Gorecki (secretary), Jan Bokszczanin (member of the board).

Marian Sawa was born in 1937 and died in 2005. He graduated from the State Music Conservatory in Warsaw, having studied composition and organ with Kazimierz Sikorski and Feliks Rączkowski respectively. As an organist he worked with the greatest names in the Polish music scene and recorded for Polskie Nagrania, DUX, Veriton, Polskie Nagrania Edition, Polonia Records, MTJ, Acte Préalable and also Polish Radio and Television. He performed all across Poland and also abroad. His compositions, especially for organ, are considered some of the best in the literature and have received many awards and honors.

The official website address for the society is www.mariansawa.org.

 

AWARDS

UNESCO RECOMMENDATION

The 53rd session of the Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs UNESCO took place between June 6 and 9 in Radio France Headquarters in Paris. The composition of Polish composer Wojciech Widłak, Wziemięwzięcie , was ranked among the top 10 scores submitted and was put on a special international “recommended for performance” list. The competition was stiff, with over 60 scores sent in by 29 international radio stations. Wojciech Widłak was born in 1971 and studied composition at the Kraków Music Academy with Marek Stachowski and organ with Jan Jargoń. He continued his education at the Danish Royal Music Academy with Hans Abrahamsen. Currently he is an adjunct professor at his alma mater. His pieces have been performed and/or given awards at many festivals and competitions in Poland and abroad.


2006 ZKP AWARDS

The recipients of this year's ZKP Awards are:

•  Zbigniew Bagiński , for his outstanding creative output, as well as his work for the Polish Composer's Union [ZKP] and Polish music circles. Since 1974 Bagiński has been connected with the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw and since 2004 he is the chair of the composition department.

•  Alicja Jarzębska , for her outstanding contributions to the field of musicology, especially research on the 20 th century music. Jarzębska is the director of the Musicology Institute of the Jagiellonian University.

The ZKP award was established in 1949. To date the recipients include, among others: Zygmunt Mycielski, Witold Lutosławski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Michał Spisak, Tadeusz Baird, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stefan Kisielewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Krzysztof Knittel.

The awards will be presented during this year's Warsaw Autumn Festival in Warsaw.


PWM OCHLEWSKI COMPOSITION COMP.

On June 20, the jury of the Tadeusz Ochleski Composition Competition, led by Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, announced the winners of this year's edition. The subject of the competition was a piece for trumpet solo. The first prize was awarded to Jarosław Płonka for Konstrukcja w Metalu [Construction in Metal]. An honorary mention went to Robert Kosek for Hejnał . Both compositions will be published by PWM .


BAIRD COMP. FOR YOUNG COMPOSERS

The final concert and awards ceremony of 47th edition of Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers was held in Warsaw on June 22, 2006. The jury, consisting of Zbigniew Bargielski (chairman), Szabolcs Esztényi, and Krzysztof Knittel, decided to divide the first place award ex- aequo between two compositions: The Rest is Silence by Dariusz Przybylski and Son'tasy 2.1 by Adrian Foltyn . Honorary mentions were received by Daria Jabłońska for Euklaz and Grzegorz Pieniek for Uroboros . The final concert was performed by pianists Katarzyna Kowalik and Bartłomiej Zajkowski, and percussionists Magdalena Kordylasińska and Miłosz Pękala.


NORWID AWARD NOMINATIONS

The C. K. Norwid Award was established by the government of Mazowsze to honor special achievements in promotion and expanding the cultural life of the region. This year marks the fifth edition of the awards.

The lifetime achievement award will go to Tadeusz Konwicki for his literary output. The nominations for the remaining categories are as follows:

  Literature
  • Writer, Janusz Krasiński
  • Writer, Eustachy Rylski
  • Poet, Marek Wawrzkiewicz
  Music
  • Composer, Władysław Słowiński
  • Composer, Tadeusz Wielecki
  • Conductor, Antoni Wit

  Visual Arts

  • Painter, Roman Owidzki
  • Sculptor and culture animator, Roman Woźniak

  Theater

  • Theater director, Piotr Cieplak
  • Director, Krzysztof Warlikowski
  • Actor, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

FESTIVALS IN POLAND

FESTIVAL “ŁAŃCUCH III”

The third edition of the “ Łańcuch” [Chain] festival, dedicated to Witold Lutosławski, took place between June 20 and 27 in Warsaw. It was organized by the Witold Lutosławski Society with the idea of giving perspective to his musical output by presenting it in juxtaposition with other 19 th and 20 th century composers. The central stage for the festival was the Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall. The music was performed by many great artists from Poland and abroad and included: NYYD Ensemble from Ukraine, the CIKADA string quartet from Norway, as well as Bartosz Koziak, laureate of the Lutosławski International Cello Competition.

A new facet of the festival this year is cooperation with the “La Voce” vocal competition in Germany and the Oistrach International Violin Competition in Ukraine. As a result, the winners of these events will be performing at future festivals. This year the winners were singer Felicitas Fuchs and violinist Soyoung Yoon, who prepared Lutosławski's Partita and Subito especially for this festival performance.

For the detailed program of the festival please visit: www.pwm.com.pl


CHOPIN RECITALS IN ŁAZIENKI KRÓLEWSKIE

The cycle of Sunday piano recitals in Łazienki Królewskie park continues this year. The recitals take place every Sunday at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm by the Frederic Chopin statue.

The July calendar is as follows:

Sunday, July 2

  • 12:00 pm - Kirył Keduk
  • 4:00 pm - Waldemar Wojtal

Sunday, July 9

  • 12:00 pm - Piotr Banasik
  • 4:00 pm - Monika Rosca

Sunday, July 16

  • 12:00 pm - Rinko Kobayashi
  • 4:00 pm - Maciej Piszek

Sunday, July 23

  • 12:00 pm - Tomas Ěroli ( Hungary )
  • 4:00 pm - Maria Korecka

Sunday, July 30

  • 12:00 pm - Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń
  • 4:00 pm - Joanna Marcinkowska

THREE BAROQUES FESTIVAL

This festival dedicated to baroque music will take place in Wrocław between July 14 and 23 and Kliczków Castle on July 12, 2006. In addition to the festival's orchestra-in-residence, Arte dei Sonatori, the audience will hear excellent international soloists, including: French harpsichordist Aline Zylberajch, Swedish soprano Maria Keohane, flutist Bolette Roed from Denmark, conductor and keyboard player Martin Gester from France, flutist Alexis Kossenko from France, German theorbo and lute player Andreas Arend and Danish keyboard player Allan Rasmussen. The tickets are on sale right now at all major ticket retailers in Poland. The complete program of the festival and artist information as well as some more interesting facts are available on the official Polish website at: www.3baroki-wroclaw.pl

 

CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES

JAN KIEPURA ANNIVERSARY


On June 19 in Sosnowiec, the hometown of the famous actor and singer of the 1930's and 40's Jan Kiepura , a special concert took place to commemorate the 40 th anniversary of this great artist's death. The concert was performed by Musici de Silesia Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Barczyński and featured two singers: Marek Szymański and Jarosław Wiewióra.

Jan Kiepura was arguably the most famous Polish tenor who successfully performed on Broadway, with Metropolitan Opera, and on the stages in Vienna, Milan, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Budapest, Prague, Brno, Havana, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Poland. He sang in English, German, French, Italian and Polish. He died of a heart attack at the age of 64 in Harrison, NY on August 15, 1966.


IAMIC CONCERT IN GÖTEBORG

The International Association of Music Information Centers ( IAMIC ) is an international society which brings together agencies specializing in classical music information. The Polish Music Information Centre (library arm of the ZKP, or Polish Composers' Union) is a member of this association. On June 20, a special concert was presented of pieces that had been submitted by all member organizations and selected by a Swedish jury. The Polish candidate, Lutosławiana (2000) by Alina Błońska , was among those performed.

The full program consisted of:

  • Alina Błońska (PCIM), Lutosławiana for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano (2000)
  • Anders Brødsgaard (Danish Arts Agency - Music Centre), Drabant (Opus ES #5) for percussion and bassoon (2002)
  • Ross Harris (Centre for New Zealand Music Trust/SOUNZ), At The Edge of Silence (2003) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
  • Jon Øvind Ness (MIC Norway), Iffy Daffadowndilly for piano trio (2004)
  • Atli Heimir Sveinsson (Iceland MIC), Fluff And Drama for flute, clarinet, two percussions, violin, cello and piano (2004)
  • Theo Verbey, Perplex for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone and piano (2004)
  • Giel Vleggaar, Day Before Dusk for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano (1999-2000)

BLECHACZ SUPPORTS ALMA MATER

Rafał Blechacz, the winner of the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition, performed a special recital to support the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz in its efforts to raise money for new buildings. He performed a full set of works by Frederic Chopin, giving each piece his own fresh interpretation. The recital took place in the building currently occupied by Opera Nova, which will vacate it very soon—the Music Academy, among others, is one of the front runners in the bidding for the new space. The Academy's current auditorium is too small to accommodate the over 400 students enrolled in the school. The decision regarding the building will be made before the end of June.


NYDAI ART NIGHTS

On Sunday, June 25 at Club Europa in New York City, there was a p erformance by the Bartosz Hadala Quartet. Bartosz Hadala is a Polish-born jazz pianist, trained at Berklee and Western Michigan University. The group delivered an outstanding performance of the leader's originals as well as jazz standards presented in a strictly acoustic, very imaginitive and intimate manner. Also featured was a g uest performance by students of Bozena Konkiel's KOBO Music Studio: Simona Kormanikova - 16 years old, Izabela Jaroszynska - 17 years old, and Mariusz Gorz - 15 years old.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

10 NEW POLISH RADIO RELEASES

Polish Radio in cooperation with Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage have released a 10-CD set that kicks off a series called “Media with culture”. The goal of the cooperation is to release Polish music missing from the record market and to promote Polish music and culture, especially contemporary. Among the released albums are:

  • Władysław Żeleński songs performed by Jadwiga Rappé
  • A double album of solo harp music by Urszula Mazurek
  • 3 CD album of chamber and solo recordings of violist, Stefan Kamasa
  • 5 CD album of Krystyna Szostek-Radkowa's performances throughout the 50 year career
  • Karłowicz songs and serenades performed by Dorota Lachowicz and the Concerto Avenna Orchestra
  • Album of music by Zbigniew Bargielski
  • Album of music by Piotr Moss
  • Album of music by Krzysztof Knittel
  • Cello concertos performed by Bartosza Koziaka, Karola Marianowskiego, Michała Borzykowskiego and Karoliny Styczeń
  • A double CD commemorating maestro Henryk Czyż

Since 1997, when Polish Radio started releasing recordings, they produced over 400 titles released in their three main series: “Polish Conductors”, Music of Our Times” and “National Works”.


NEW ALBUM BY MAŁAS-GODLEWSKA

One of the most widely known Polish sopranos, Ewa Małas-Godlewska released a new record on June 12, 2006. Entitled Sentiments, the album consists of the greatest hits from film and jazz repertoire, as well as original songs by Krzysztof Herdzin and Adam Sztaba. The vocal soloists are joined by the Polish Radio Orchestra. The album features such famous tunes as: Rosemary's Baby – Krzysztof Komeda, When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole, and Somewhere – Leonard Bernstein.

 

STOJOWSKI COLLECTION UPDATE

Concert program of Sigmunt and Luisa Stojowski, July 1937

In 2005, the Polish Music Center at USC received a generous donation of manuscripts, sketches, correspondence, and published scores of music by Zygmunt (Sigismond) Stojowski (1870-1946) from the composer's family. Now known as the Stojowski Collection, this new addition to the PM archive consists of 32 boxes of varying sizes. During the summer of 2005, the Stojowski Collection was appraised by a specially hired expert. Although study copies will remain in the Polish Music Center, the originals will reside permanently in Special Collections at the Doheny Library on the USC campus. In the coming months, as the Collection's detailed inventory is being made, we will continue publishing the contents in our Newsletter, informing our public of this important legacy left by a fascinating and undeservedly forgotten composer. All inquiries regarding the Stojowski Collection should be directed to the Polish Music Center at USC via e-mail to: polmusic@thornton.usc.edu . The following is our report on the contents of Box IV of the Stojowski Collection.

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BOX IV

CASE XIX

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (1)

  1. Black address book (converted from a personal check register), containing numerous addresses
  2. Small pocket diary for 1975 with some personal entries (appointments, concert dates, addresses)
  3. A small black plastic folder with the Iberia Airlines ticket for a 1978 trip to Spain
  4. A US Passport, issued to Luisa M. Stojowski
  5. A US Department of Labor Permit to Reenter the United States, issued to Luisa M. Stojowska, with a signed photograph. With a letter, in Polish, from the Polish Government Representative in Washington DC, addressing the issue of Luisa Stojowska's permit and Sigismond Stojowski's documentation for re-entry to the United States
  6. Diploma de Congregante de la Santìssima Virgen Marìa, issued to Luisa Morales Macedo in Lima on 12 May 1917
  7. An address book (black plastic cover), containing numerous addresses and loose leaves with address entries.
  8. A “get well” card from Luisa Stojowska to Ignatius Stojowski, with envelope, postmarked 2 April 1985
  9. An envelope with several ID cards (Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY Transit Elderly Card, etc.)
  10. Rozkład jazdy na okres zimowy [A Winter Season Streetcar Schedule], Warszawa 1928/29. Contains Sigismond Stojowski's annotations in the back and the map of Warsaw, indicating streetcar and bus routes
  11. A small envelope containing Rumanian coupons for various denominations in gold francs, payable on 1 January 1934; with perforations indicating cancellation
  12. A small, leather-bound diary, Recuerdos de mi primera communion . Hand illustrated in color, with entries on devotional matters. Dated 17 June 1900
  13. A small notebook, Compras para mi trousseau , dated New York, June 1918, with detailed entries on expenditures
  14. Small pocket diary for the year 1915, containing numerous entries in French on lessons and repertoire covered in lessons with Sigismond Stojowski as well as other musical events (other classes, concerts, etc)
  15. Midget Diary for the year 1942. Contains no entries
  16. The New York Bank for Savings – bank book of Luisa Morales Macedo. Contains records of financial transactions for the period February 1976—September 1983

CASE XX

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (2)

  1. A US Passport, issued to Luisa Stojowski, in an envelope marked “Passport”
  2. A set of cards in memory of Luisa M. Stojowski, dated 3 March 1983
  3. A manila envelope addressed to Henry Stojowski, postmarked 28 May 1982. Includes numerous medical bills and receipts and a typewritten note to Henry, hand signed “Lou”
  4. A manila folder, marked “LUISA,” containing numerous bills (medical, telephone, rent), receipts, cancelled cheques, notes, etc. Also a number of letters concerning rent and utilities payments, a copy of the letter from Lawrence J. Greene, Attorney at Law, regarding the “Stojowska Fan and Score,” handwritten notes on Luisa Stojowska's illness and treatment, etc.
  5. A manila folder, unmarked, with a typewritten tab: “Luisa M. Stojowski | Medical Expenses,” containing copies of Luisa Stojowska's death certificate, various documents relating to Stojowska's death. Also included a summons from the Supreme Court of NY against Henry Stojowski et al, regarding vacating of the apartment 4B, 19 East 96 th Street, where Luisa Stojowska last resided
  6. A manila envelope, marked “Doctors' Bills,” actually containing numerous stock certificates issued to Luisa M. Stojowski
  7. A handwritten letter to Henry Stojowski (envelope postmarked 5 February 1982) signed: “Al”

CASE XXI

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (3)

  1. Folder no. 1: Louisa Stojowska—Concert, Teaching, and Other Musical Activities. Contains numerous concert programs, brochures, tickets for Mme Stojowska's performances, notes on music and other musicians as well as a transparent plastic folder containing materials and notes for Michigan Annual Music Festival (5 June 1960), with piano competition notes and entries and rules on judging students' performances
  2. Folder no. 2: Louisa Stojowska—Correspondence in French . Contains two letters from Walter Braumann [sp?] and one from Signora Maddalena Betti
  3. Folder no. 3: Louisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Polish . Contains letters from various relatives and correspondence from the Polish Consulate in NYC
  4. Folder no. 4: Louisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Spanish. Contains numerous letters from various family members and friends
  5. Folder no. 5: Louisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. Contains numerous letters from various family members and friends
  6. Folder no. 6: Louisa Stojowska—Bills & Financial Matters. Contains receipts and correspondence related to Mme Stojowska's apartment in NYC

CASE XXII

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (4)

  1. Folder no. 1: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Spanish. Contains various letters from family and friends
  2. Folder no. 2: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Polish. Contains various letters from family and friends
  3. Folder no. 3: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in French. Contains various letters from friends
  4. Folder no. 4: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. Contains various letters from family and friends and musical acquaintances
  5. Folder no. 5: Luisa Stojowska—Documents on teaching, performing & students. Contains concert programs, repertoire lists, teaching schedules (music/piano and Spanish classes, etc.)
  6. Folder no. 6: Luisa Stojowska—Bills, Receipts & Financial Transaction Records. Contains various receipts, budgeting items, insurance papers

CASE XXIII

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (5)

  1. Folder no. 1: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Spanish. Contains various letters from family and friends
  2. Folder no. 2: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. Contains various letters from family and friends
  3. Folder no. 3: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in French. Contains 3 items: Copy a letter to Mieczysław Horszowski, dated 9 January 1972; a thank you note from Madame Robert Casadesus; a letter from Madame A. E. Cripps in Cannes, dated 28 August 1975
  4. Folder no. 4: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Polish. Contains various letters from family and friends
  5. Folder no. 5: Luisa Stojowska—Programs of Performances/Teaching and Students. Contains recital programs, notes on teaching (incl. list of Leschetizky's “golden rules” for practicing and performing)
  6. Folder no. 6: Luisa Stojowska—Bills and Receipts. Contains a bill from Dr. Murray Glickman, dated 3 April 1973 and an Air Canada waybill receipt, dated 16 November 1971
  7. Folder no. 7: Luisa Stojowska—Miscellaneous. Contains a copy of an address on “La Rehabilitacion de la Mujer…” etc, dated October 1972, and various materials (programs and press clipping) on Alicia de Larrocha
  8. Manila Envelope “A”: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence to Sigismond Stojowski. Contains 31 letters, mostly in French, written from July to September 1918 (and one letter from 1920); most letters with envelopes and postmarks
  9. Manila Envelope “B.” Contains two small notebooks (“A mi Luisa” & “Cartas a mi Luisa”) listing dates and contents of correspondence to Luisa from her relatives in Peru, dating from 1917-1920

CASE XXIV

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (6)

  1. Folder no. 1: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. Contains numerous letters from family and friends, including correspondence regarding the “Stojowski Fan,” the dedication to Sigismond Stojowski of an orchestral score by Tchaikovsky, the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition, notes and drafts of speeches given by L. Stojowska, letter from Antonia Brico, a letter from Tadeusz Kassern, correspondence with the Juilliard School of Music, scripts for radio broadcasts, correspondence with VOX Records regarding recording of Stojowski's works by Mme Novaes-Pinto,   letters from Frederick Steinway to Steinway agents in Rio de Janeiro, introducing Mme Stojowska, etc.
  2. Folder no. 2: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. Contains numerous cards (Christmas, birthday, postcards, etc.) from family and friends
  3. Folder no. 3: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Spanish and Portuguese. Contains numerous letters from family and friends, as well as cards from Guiomar Novaes, etc.
  4. Folder no. 4: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in French. Contains letters from family and friends
  5. Folder no. 5: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Polish. Contains letters from family and friends, including a letter from Lidia and Janusz Ekiert (dated 4 May 1960)
  6. Folder no. 6: Luisa Stojowska—Concert Activities. Contains copies of recital programs, Rio competition lists (contestants and jurors), etc.
  7. Folder no. 7: Luisa Stojowska—Various receipts, bills, and medical records. Includes a handwritten bill from Steinway Master Technician, Franz Mohr, short history of Mme Stojowska's illnesses (handwritten), bank and insurance records, etc.
  8. Manila Envelope “A”: Luisa Stojowska—2 Pocket diaries. Contains:
    a. a small pocket diary, in Spanish, with entries on correspondence received and sent for the period 1950-1956 (with some household expenses and recipes);
    b. small pocket diary, with entries describing activities, thoughts, recollections, passing of friends, etc.   (a handful of   pages with dates beginning 31 January 1956)

CASE XXV

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: VARIOUS DOCUMENTS (7)

  1. Folder no. 1: Luisa Stojowska—Notes, etc. Contains various notes and brief jottings of dates, telephone numbers, etc.
  2. Folder no. 2: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. Contains numerous letters from family and friends, including a letter from Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, letters from Antonia Brico, a letter from Shura Cherkassky, a letter from Felix Labunski, correspondence with Foreigh Claims Commission, US Government, numerous notes of condolences on Sigismond Stojowski's death, etc.
  3. Folder no. 3: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English. See description above
  4. Folder no. 4: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Spanish and Portuguese. Contains numerous letters from family and friends
  5. Folder no. 5: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in French. Contains numerous letters from family and friends, including a note from I[sidor] Philipp
  6. Folder no. 6: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in Polish and Russian. Contains letters from family and friends, including condolences from Władyslaw Tyszkiewicz, Tadeusz Jarecki, Kazimierz Wierzyński, and Jan Lechoń. Also included a letter from PWM, a Press Release with greetings from Władysław Gomułka for Polish-Americans, and (in Russian, with translation into English) a letter from the “Central Museum of Musical Culture in Moscow ” regarding Stojowski memorabilia
  7. Folder no. 7: Luisa Stojowska—Various bills and Receipts. Contains bills, receipts, IRS Income tax for 1966 forms, etc.
  8. Folder no. 8: Luisa Stojowska—Concert Activities. Contains recital programs (including the 1937 concert of Luisa and Sigismond at the Cornish Theatre), concerts of Polish music, etc.

CASE XXVI

  LUISA STOJOWSKA: PRESS CLIPPINGS & OTHER CORRESPONDENCE

  1. NOT FILED: Contains numerous newspapers from the US, South America, France, and England with reviews, notices and programs of Luisa Stojowska's appearances, from the early 1900s to the late 1950s. Most clippings (or sections of newspapers are in extremely fragile condition). Also includes concert programs (including Mme Sotjowska's Town Hall debut), advertising for students, materials from Juilliard School, etc.
  2. Folder no. 1: Luisa Stojowska—Correspondence in English . Contains numerous letters, including correspondence with the NY Times, etc.
  3. Folder no. 2: Luisa Stojowska—Cables . Contains numerous cables with condolences on the death of Sigismond Stojowski, sent by, among others, Mieczysław Horszowski, Josef Hofmann, Ganna Walska, Zofia Kochanska, Charlotte Kellogg, Mr & Mrs. Labunski, etc.
  4. Folder no. 3: Luisa Stojowska—Metropolitan Club . Contains programs and bulletins from the Metropolitan Club

 

ANNIVERSARIES
BORN THIS MONTH:
  • July 04, 1904 - Artur MALAWSKI , composer (d. 1957)
  • July 06, 1837 - Wladyslaw ZELENSKI, composer (with a doctorate in philosophy, d.1921)
  • July 09, 1931 - Eugeniusz KNAPIK, composer
  • July 10, 1936 - Jan Wincenty HAWEL, composer and conductor
  • July 10, 1835 - Henryk WIENIAWSKI , violin virtuoso & composer (d. 1880, Moscow)
  • July 10, 1929 - Tadeusz STRUMILLO, musicologist (d. 1956)
  • July 13, 1775 - Antoni Henryk RADZIWILL, composer, cellist, patron of arts (d. 1833)
  • July 14, 1926 - Jan KRENZ, conductor & composer
  • July 16, 1947 - Grazyna PSTROKONSKA-NAWRATIL, composer
  • July 17, 1932 - Wojciech KILAR , composer
  • July 22, 1930 - Leoncjusz CIUCIURA, composer
  • July 23, 1884 - Apolinary SZELUTO, composer (Young Poland group, d. 1966)
  • July 26, 1928 - Tadeusz BAIRD , composer (d. 1982)
  • July 26, 1922 - Andrzej KOSZEWSKI, composer (choral music)
  • July 29, 1943 - Marta PTASZYNSKA , composer & percussionist
DIED THIS MONTH:
  • July 1, 2001 - Halina CZERNY-STEFANSKA (b. 1922), pianist
  • July 6, 1911 - Kazimierz HOFMANN (b. 1842), pianist, composer, father of the renowned virtuoso and director of Curtis Institute, Józef Hofmann
  • July 8, 1906 - Franciszek BORNIK (b. 1870), priest, conductor, writer
  • July 21, 1964 - Zygmunt SITOWSKI (b. 1906), musicologist
  • July 23, 1829 - Wojciech BOGUSLAWSKI (b. 1757), the first theatre director in Poland, the author of several opera libretti (set by J. Stefani and J. Elsner)
  • July 25, 1831 - Maria SZYMANOWSKA (b. 1789), pianist & composer

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Contributions from: Joseph A. Herter, and Marek Żebrowski

Sources of information: Polish Cultural Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute,
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