The Music of Poland, Part 1

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The Music of Poland, Part 1

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » March 30th 2020, 8:11am

Whether there'll be a part 2, that depends if anyone will be interested. OK, I'm probably going to do Part 2 anyway.

I'm going to move along a loose period/genre pattern here.

Almost everyone is familiar with American and British music. When it comes to classical stuff, that'd be also Italian, French, German, Austrian, hell, even Norwegian. Of Polish music... Yeah, you've probably heard something by Fryderyk Chopin at some point, and you've either recognized that it's Chopin, or haven't. But there's far more to it than just Chopin.

I'll start with Chopin anyway:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC9-35ZPKn8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P63s3Nw3iM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpuROwy_8mg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twIQYQgPzaE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef-4Bv5Ng0w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E6b3swbnWg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9oQEa-d5rU

Next up, Stanisław Moniuszko - pretty much the second most significant Polish composer. While he composed mostly operas, which I cannot possibly torture you with, he did have some great standalone symphonic works, and some great mazurkas from his operas alright.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_7h-MCIew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz-kYUAfbAM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUMnvSnKnpo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYd5jGTqQrI

Now, Zygmunt Noskowski - just about every music school/conservatory student in Poland will tell you who that was. Though in a popular understanding of Polish classical music, he could well just never have existed. But hey, I tend to always run across the good, yet obscure stuff, be it music or watches.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3WSILIrCUM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq-0RVs-HZk

Another forgotten composer - Władysław Żeleński. A bit forgotten, not unlike Noskowski. But in Żeleński's case, it's the association of the surname that got him forgotten, as his son happened to be one of the most prominent Polish writers of the 1920s and 1930s (and all the time after that...).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7d9eLhIZjk

And a composer known for...just one polonaise - Michał Ogiński. This particular tune is popular - for whatever reason - in the Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Maybe because of Ogiński's origin - the former Eastern Borderlands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (aka the First Republic), which happened to be something of a cauldron of cultures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZdiY1pTaR4

Finally, the most celebrated Polish composer of the 20th century - Karol Szymanowski:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnad2T5U5jA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II6KQXv8nns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fzWoFMOWUU

If any of the fellow Lords enjoys the classical stuff, maybe I've just given someone something good to listen to during the home quarantine. Those who don't enjoy the genre, well...sorry.

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Re: The Music of Poland, Part 1

Post by conjurer » March 30th 2020, 8:17am

Thanks, Mr. Bloke! I myself am a fan of classical music, but seldom have the time to listen to a lot of it. Right now, I have little but time!
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Re: The Music of Poland, Part 1

Post by conjurer » March 30th 2020, 9:12am

foghorn wrote:
March 30th 2020, 8:42am
Always enjoyed Chopin.

For the modern,Avant -garde genre there's Penderecki. Great stuff if accompanied by a joint or two :Thumbsup:



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Re: The Music of Poland, Part 1

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » March 31st 2020, 1:24pm

Penderecki is a known composer, and a good one alright. Modern avant-garde classical music is a relatively small niche, though.
People here are aware of someone of that name being well-known for something, but for the most part they have no idea for what exactly is he known. Let alone could they ever name any of his works.
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