Polish Music Journal
Vol. 2, No. 1-2. Winter 1999. ISSN 1521 - 6039


The Chopin Year (1) and Wilk Prizes 1998

Notes about the Authors



Halina Goldberg currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University. She studied musicology at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her dissertation on Musical Life in Warsaw During Chopin's Youth, 1810-1830 completed in 1997 will provide the basis for her book on Music in Chopin's Warsaw forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her latest articles include "Chopin in Literary Salons and Warsaw's Romantic Awakening," published in The Polish Review, and contributions on "Chopin-biography," "Chopin-works," and "19th-Century Ornamentation" to Reader's Guide to Music: History, Theory and Criticism. She has presented papers at the national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, and other organizations. This fall, at the 2nd Chopin's Congress in Warsaw, she read a paper on salon arrangements of Chopin's works with the orchestra. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian and, most recently, gave a talk at Mannes College of Music entitled "The Prophetic Voice in Chopin's Music." Her radio interviews include WETA in Washington, D.C. and Warsaw 2 in Poland. She also was an invited speaker at the 1998 international conference on "Polish/Jewish/Music!" held at the PMRC, USC School of Music, November 1998. Dr. Goldberg served as the main organizer of "The Age of Chopin: A Sesquicentennial Chopin Symposium," a series of interdisciplinary symposia and period concerts held at the University of Indiana in Bloomington in September 1999. The paper published in this issue of the Polish Music Journal was awarded the 1998 Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music (professional category).

Goldberg's Article



Douglas Hofstadter is College Professor of computer science and cognitive science, director of the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition, and adjunct professor of philosophy, psychology, comparative literature, and the history and philosophy of science at Indiana University. He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Stanford University (1965), and his Master's of Science and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oregon (1972, 1975). His Pulitzer-prize-winning book Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (1979) has had considerable impact on people in many disciplines, ranging from philosophy to mathematics to artificial intelligence to music, and beyond. He has written four other books, numerous articles, and for a number of years wrote a column for Scientific American. Hofstadter's focuses on creativity and consciousness, has constructed computer models of high-level perception and analogical thought (Copycat, Tabletop, Metacat, Letter Spirit, the latter two under development). Hofstadter also explores other cognitive phenomena, e.g. "the relationship between words and concepts; the mechanisms underlying human error-making; the mechanisms underlying discovery and creation in mathematics, music, and other domains; the relationship between analogy and translation; [...] and the philosophy of mind." [based on Indiana University web site]

Hofstadter's Essay



Andrzej Tuchowski, born in 1954, is a Polish musicologist and composer. He graduated from the Music Theory Department(1978) and the Composition Department(1983) of the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 1981-1982 he conducted postgraduate musicological studies at Southampton University (England). After attending the Seminar in Music Theory and Aesthetics of Prof. Zofia Helman at the Institute of Musicology University of Warsaw, Tuchowski received his Ph.D. for a dissertation on the symbolic language of the operas by Benjamin Britten (1988, published in book form in 1990 by the Pedagogical College in Zielona Góra, Poland). In 1997, Tuchowski presented a monograph on Structural Integration in the Light of Transformational Changes in Chopin's Style at the University of Warsaw to receive his professorship in musicology (i.e. "habilitacja"). Meanwhile, he wrote a book on Benjamin Britten (Benjamin Britten - Tworca, dzielo, epoka; Kraków: Musica Iagellonica, 1994), and numerous musicological articles published in Polish, English, and Russian. In addition Tuchowski's compositions received two mentions at two national composers' competitions (in Warsaw, 1984 and in Czechowice-Dziedzice in 1991). Tuchowski's scholarly interests include, besides Britten and Chopin, also the music of Lutosławski, Szymanowski, and Panufnik. He is currently a professor of music theory at the Institute of Music Education, Pedagogical College in Zielona Góra and, simultaneously, at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland.

Tuchowski's Article



Alicja Usarek is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Her DMA dissertation, on Bela Bartok's 1907 Violin Concerto, is directed by Prof. Elliott Antokoletz. Usarek's article "Bela Bartok's Violin Concerto: In the Spirit of Tristan," appeared in the International Journal of Musicology vol. 7 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang). She recently presented a paper on Bartok's "First Violin Concerto" at the American Musicological Society in Kansas City (4-7 November, 1999). Born in Poland, Alicja Usarek completed undergraduate studies as a violinist in Wroclaw. She earned a Master of Music degree at the Cracow Music Academy and received the Diploma in Violin Performance from the Munich Hochschule where she studied with Kurt-Christian Stier. Usarek has enjoyed a rich performing career as a solo recitalist, chamber player and an orchestra musician in Europe and America (Cracow, Vienna, Munich, Ansbach, Venice, San Antonio, Valdosta, Austin). This review is the first published result of her long-lasting interest in Bacewicz's music, both as performer and a music historian.

Usarek's Review



Jan Węcowski studied musicology at the University of Warsaw, with Professors Hieronim Feicht and Zofia Lissa, he graduated in 1964. At present he serves as a lecturer at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and as the editor-in-chief of the Academy of Music Editions. He has published extensively on early music in Poland (from medieval through Baroque) and on traditional religious songs. Węcowski transcribed and edited volumes of music by Andreas Hakenberger (The Pelplin Tablature Choral Compositions: Transcriptions of Andrzej Hakenberger's Works. Warsaw-Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1970); Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (Completorium; Kraków: PWM, 1963; vol. 7 in Sources to the History of Polish Music series); Antoni Milwid (Sub tuum praesidium: 12 Cantatas for soprano, bass and instrumental ensemble; Kraków: PWM, 1979; vol. 17 in series "Sources to the History of Polish Music"); as well as Polish Passion Songs [Polske pieśni pasyjne] (Warsaw: PAX Editions, 1977). He is the author of History of Polish Religious music (in: Polish Music, vol. 56-71, 1980-1983 [Dzieje polskiej muzyki religijnej]) and many articles and book chapters. Recently he edited a volume of Christmas carols for children, Kolędować małemu [To sing carols to the small one] (Warsaw: MiGo, 1992); he also served as editor, producer, and annotator for a series of LP recordings with traditional religious repertoire for Catholic services issued by Veriton in 1960s-1980s:Gorzkie Zale. Passion Meditations, Adoramus te Christe. Śpiewy przy Bożym Grobie (chants at God's Tomb), Polskie Pieśni Religijne (Polish Religious Songs), etc. He currently serves as the editor of the series "Pierwodruki muzyczne kompozytorów polskich" [First Prints of the Music by Polish Composers], (Warsaw, Musical Academy Editions, 1999-).

Węcowski's Article



Zakrzewska has studied musicology at the McGill University, Montreal, Canada, since 1995. In 1998, she received her M.A. degree for a thesis on "Alienation and Powerlessness: Chopin's Ballades and Mickiewicz's Ballady" (thesis advisor: Prof. Steven Huebner). In the same year, her paper based on this thesis, received the student prize in the competition of Wilk Prizes for Research in Polish Music. She presented shorter version of this paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. She also won Graduate Students' Essay Competition at McGill University, received McGill Major Scholarship, and Government of Quebec research grant. She is currently a Ph.D. student at McGill University, Montreal, working on her dissertation entitled "Decadence and Pantheism: Karol Szymanowski's King Roger." Her research in Polish music benefits from her fluency in Polish and English. She has also taught music theory and music appreciation courses at McGill University, worked as a pianist, and translator.

Zakrzewska's Article


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Editor: Maria Anna Harley. Publisher: Polish Music Reference Center
Design: Maria Anna Harley & Marcin Depinski. Summer 1999.
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