6 Szymanowski, ‘Efebos’, Pisma Tom. 2, p. In the eighteenth century the ‘ Grand Tour’, and in particular travel to Italy, frequently provided opportunity for. Karol Szymanowski was born on October 3, , on his family’s estate in He wrote a long novel, Efebos, which was lost in the Warsaw fires of Towards . book by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski in the series Bibliothek .. wrote a novel Efebos [sic] about a beautiful Prince, beautiful Rome, beautiful love .

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He was raised in a strong musicial, conservative family. In he went to Warsaw for more regular studies in music. From that szymanowwki until he had private lessons with Zawirski for harmony and with Zygmunt Noskowski for counterpoint and composition. His creative output may be divided into four periods: Early musical studies and activities in Warsaw date from until and include membership in a Society for Performing Contemporary Polish Music.

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For nearly two years Szymanowski exchanged music for literature. Towards the end of he settled in Warsaw. During the years Szymanowski received increasing recognition at szhmanowski, despite the opposition of conservative sections of musical society. He spent a lot of time in Paris, chiefly for the many performances of his compositions.


Szymanowski received many high distinctions and was appointed to numerous international societies. In he was offered the directorships of the conservatories of Cairo and Warsaw.

He chose Warsaw, despite the much better terms of Egyptian invitation and the opportunity of living in a climate which would have benefited his health, threatened since early childhood by tuberculosis. Szymanowski saw the Warsaw post as an opportunity to re-invigorate Polish music education, neglected during the years of partition, and to form a new generation of Polish composers.

The years were entirely taken up by his campaign to established a new model of training, to open wide horizons to the young and to provide them with a thorough knowledge of composition. He achieved his aim, but at a very high cost: His pulmonary tuberculosis advanced seriously and he had to give up his duties and go to a sanatorium in Davos.

He was elected to the highly select group of honorary members of the ISCM. He died shortly after a move to a sanatorium in Lausanne on 24 March, saymanowski Iwaszkiewicz — Mandragorapantomime in 3 scenes by R. Schiller for symphony orchestra — Harnasieballet-pantomime in 3 acts by J.

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Rytard — Prince Potemkinmusic for chamber orchestra to the 5th act of drama by T. Concert Overturein E major for symphonic orchestra — Symphony No.

Szymanowska — Agawecantata for alto solo, female choir and orchestra to text by Z. Szymanowska- Slopiewniefor voice and orchestra to words of J.

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Tuwim — Stabat Materfor solo voices, mixed choir and orchestra to text of medieval Latin sequences — Szymanowsmi Creatorfor soprano solo, mixed chorus, organ and orchestra — Litany to the Virgin Mary2 fragments for soprano, femail chorus and orchestra — Symphony No. Sonatain D minor for violin and piano — Piano Trio— Romancein D major for violin and piano — Nocturne and Tarantellafor violin and piano — Mythes3 poems for violin and piano — Six Songsto poems of Kazimierz Tetmajer szymanowsku Three Songsto the poems of Jan Kasprowicz — Five Songsto German Poems R.

Twelve Songsto German poems R. Six Songsto poems of T. Songs of the Fairy-tale Princessto the text by Zofia Szymanowska — Four Songsto text of R. Songs of the Infatuated Muezzinto words by J.

Two Basque Songsto folksong texts — circa Slopiewnie5 songs to words of J. Three Lullabiesto words by J. PMC Books about Szymanowski. Tuwim — Slowisien Green words St. Illakowicz — Before falling asleep How best to keep the hornet away Efenos dwelling The little piglet The little star Wedding of the princess.