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« Reply #30 on: October 09, 2017, 11:51:38 am »

More on Tarasevich/Tarasiewicz:

from a Russian-language essay on Belarusian composers (google-translated):Ян%20Тарасевич,%20Евгений%20Карлович%20Тикоцкий,%20Николай%20Щеглов-Куликович,%20Григорий%20Константинович%20Пукст.pdf

Yan Tarasevich (23/10/1893 - 06/18/1961), composer, pianist and teacher. He was born in the county town of Sokolka in Grodno province (now Sokółka, Podlasie, Poland). The father of the future composer was a Lieutenant colonel and a hero of the Russian-Turkish war. His parents died when he was seven years old, and he was taken into the care of his mother's second cousin. On the estate of this aunt the boy had a governess, who gave him his first knowledge in musical literacy and taught him to play the piano.

Jan loved to play music, but, like most children of aristocratic family, he prepared another for another destiny. The boy was sent to study at the St. Petersburg Cadet Corps. However, his love for music was stronger. Immediately after graduating he entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Jan's musical talent manifested itself at the conservatory. His talent was noticed by the outstanding composer A. Glazunov, with whose help the first works of the young composer were published. Yan Tarasevich enjoyed great popularity as a brilliant performer. His abilities were noted by the leading musical lights of the time - Sergei Rahmaninov and Jean Sibelius. Tarasevich was presented at the court of the Russian Emperor, where he performed in concerts. The Tsar's daughter Maria was a fan.

But his success and promising future were interrupted by the October Revolution of 1917. The composer taught for some time at the Grodno Belarusian school. He was also involved in the creation of the short-lived independent Belarusian People's Republic in 1918. But after the establishment of Soviet power, he returned to the estate near Sokółka and completely gave himself to composing. In 1921, as a result of the Brest Treaty, Sokolka - being only a few kilometers from the border with Belarus, was included as part of Poland. Yan Tarasevich found himself outside his homeland. For many years he lived immovably on his estate. According to the recollections of local residents, the composer paid little attention to the farm, giving all his time to music. Many of his works are inspired by the atmosphere that prevailed around the estate. He felt the friendly disposition of local residents. In gratitude, the composer dedicated his "Banal Waltz" to them.

In 1939, after the arrival of Soviet troops, Tarasevich left his estate and travelled to Latvia, to wait out the "hard times." With the advent of Soviet power Tarasevich's estate  was nationalized, and all the land distributed to local peasants. When he returned to his home in 1942, he found it destroyed.

Having survived the war, in 1947 Tarasevich moved to Białystok to a small wooden house, consisting of a kitchen and one room in which the piano and bed could barely fit. Tarasevich lived in this house for fourteen years,  earning his living by giving private music lessons. Many of his students later became well-known musicians. The composer died in 1961, and  was buried in a cemetery in Sokółka, according to the terms of his will.

Living on the territory of Poland, Jan Tarasevicc did not lost his connection to  Belarusian culture. The root of many of his creations was the Belarusian folk music, and his vocal works were based on poems by Belarusian poets.  Tarasevich left behind 110 works of various genres. These include works for piano, choir, chamber and instrumental works, songs and romances, and one unfinished Piano Concerto.

Neither in life or after his death was Tarasevich's work recognised by Polish composers. A revival of interest in his music began only after the broadcast of the musical heritage of the composers of Belarus in 1997. In 2000, at the initiative of "Belarusian Capella" in Warsaw a CD was released, which includes 24 vocal and piano works of the composer, performed by artists of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society and the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus.

In 2001, a book was published in Minsk by the singer Viktor Skorobogatov called "Without glory: the composer Yan Tarasevich". In mid-2007, Białystok TV recorded a documentary film "The Forgotten composer - Yan Tarasevich."

In 2011, a plaque was unveiled in Sokółka in memory of Jan Tarasevich.

In 2013 in Białystok, the Yan Tarasevich Festival took place, dedicated to the music of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2018, 08:24:03 pm »

I have just uploaded the first movement of Piano Concerto No.1 by Henryk Bobiński (1861-1914)


Born: 1st February 1861  -   Died: 24th April 1914  -  Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Henry Bobiński was a Polish pianist and composer. In Warsaw, he attended the Institute of Music. He learned piano and composition at Strobel, with Zygmunt Noskowski .He graduated in 1879. After graduation he moved to Krakow . He was employed there as a piano teacher of the Music Society. Then he went to Vienna.


Also a Polish wikipedia entry:ński

Henryk Bobiński (born February 1, 1861 in Warsaw , died on April 24, 1914 ibid) - Polish pianist and composer.
In Warsaw he attended the Musical Institute. He studied at Strobel, playing the piano and composing with Zygmunt Noskowski . He obtained his diploma in 1879. After graduation he went to Krakow . He worked there as a piano teacher at the Music Society. Parallel to his work, he gave concerts (among others: Lublin , Krakow, Warsaw). Then he left for Vienna to complete his education under the direction of Teodor Leszetycki . Later, he studied composition with Szostakowski at the Moscow Philharmonic. There, after obtaining his first degree, he taught piano for the next three years. In 1893, he lived briefly inOdessa , then he moved to Kiev . He became a professor of higher piano class at the school of the Russian Musical Society. In the years 1893 - 1903 performed sequentially in Warsaw, Kiev and Vienna. In 1914 he became seriously ill. He moved to Warsaw in the same year, where he lived for the last few months of his life.

Symphonic overture
Piano concert in E minor, Op. 8
Piano concert in A minor, Op. 12
Variations (for string quartet)
Valse-Fantaisie Op. 1
Nocturne op. 3
Legend op. 4
Deux morceaux op. 5
Mélodie and Moment musical
Pensée ŕ la mémoire d'un grand artiste
Etudes op. 14
Andante doloroso op. 15
Serenade op. 17 No. 1
Conzonetta op. 17 No. 2
Je t'aime (transcript of the songs by Edvard Grieg)


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« Reply #32 on: December 24, 2018, 10:59:03 am »

Large collection of downloadable recordings of music by Panufnik, Gorecki and Lutoslawski here:

Many pieces unavailable elsewhere.

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« Reply #33 on: December 24, 2018, 06:50:32 pm »

Large collection of downloadable recordings of music by Panufnik, Gorecki and Lutoslawski here:

Many pieces unavailable elsewhere.


Wow.  "Large" is right.  There's no Panufnik, however.  You obviously meant Penderecki.
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« Reply #34 on: December 27, 2018, 12:20:34 am »

An admittedly quick scan of the Penderecki would seem to suggest that the (relatively few) unrecorded orchestral and choral works are not available from this site.......unfortunately.
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« Reply #35 on: July 25, 2019, 03:55:57 pm »

I have posted a recording of Stanisław Moniuszko's "Crimean Sonnets" cantata in the downloads section.  These are based on 8 of the eighteen sonnets written by Poland's favourite Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz based on his travels in Crimea (more here -

As follows:

1. Intrada       Introduction
2. Cisza morska      Silent Sea
3. Żegluga      Sailing
4. Burza      Storm
5. Ruina (Bakczysaraj)      Ruins (Bakhchisarai)
6. Noc (Bakczysaraj w nocy)      Night (Bakhchisarai at night)
7. Hymn (Czatyrdah)      Hymn (Mount Chatyr-Dah)
8. Pielgrzym      Pilgrim
9. Epilog (Ajudah)      Epilogue (Mount Ayu-Dag)

Bakhchisarai was the capital in Crimea of the Crimean Tatar Khanate.  The Khan's Palace is still there and is a notable attraction still, particularly its famous fountain. 

Chatyr-Dah is a mountain, its name means Tent Mountain.

Ayu-Dag is also a mountain - its name means Bear Mountain, it looks like a bear stooping to drink from the sea (I've been there, it really does!).

According to a note which came with the recording, "Some of the titles in the score were changed from Mickiewicz's titles (maybe for censorship reasons?). That is why some sonnets have here first the title from the score, followed by the original title of A.Mickiewicz in parentheses."  Mickiewicz was certainly regarded as subversive by Czarist Russia, which ruled much of Poland at the time.  He was even imprisoned and internally exiled.
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