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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 28. Chapters: Krystian Zimerman, Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ludwig-Wilhelm Tepper de Ferguson, Józef Koffler, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Bronisław Huberman, Grażyna Bacewicz, Józef Elsner, Jadwiga Szajna-Lewandowska, Olga Hans, Lidia Bajkowska, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Jakob Gimpel, Kazimierz Sikorski, Roman Statkowski, Władysław Żeleński, Karol Kurpiński, Wojciech Żywny, Antoni Wit, Ludomir Różycki, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Feliks Nowowiejski, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Jan Gall, Lidia Grychtołówna, Marta Klimasara, Jerzy Żurawlew, Alexander Lipsky. Excerpt: Stanisław Moniuszko (May 5, 1819 in Ubiel, near Minsk - June 4, 1872 in Warsaw, Congress Poland) was a Polish composer, conductor and teacher. His output includes many songs and operas, and his musical style is filled with patriotic folk themes of the peoples of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (predominantly Polish and Belarusian). He is generally referred to as the father of Polish national opera. Statue of Stanisław Moniuszko in Częstochowa, PolandBorn in Ubiel (Minsk district in modern Belarus) to a Polish-Armenian noble family of landowners in 1819 on eastern fringe of Vilna Governorate of the Russian Empire, he displayed an early ability in music, and began private piano lessons with August Freyer in 1827. In 1837, once his talent and interest justified it, Moniuszko began to formally study composition in Berlin with Karl Friedrich Rungenhagen, the director of the "Singakademie" Music Society, who also instructed him in choral conducting. At the same time Moniuszko studied major works of the classical repertoire as well as the process involved in staging music. While in Berlin, he had an unexpected early success when he set three songs to the words of the Polish national poet, Adam Mickiewicz. Several of his songs composed during thi...
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