Polish Music Journal
Vol. 4, No. 1, Summer 2001. ISSN 1521—6039




Dr. Anna Granat Janki (b. 1957) studied music theory at the State Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland, graduating with honors in 1981. In 1985 she was awarded a French Government grant which enabled her to study music analysis and aesthetics at the Sorbonne University in Paris; at that time she began her research into the life and oeuvre of Aleksander Tansman. After returning to Poland, Anna Granat-Janki participated in Doctoral Seminar in Music Theory and Aesthetics of Prof. Zofia Helman at the Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw. Prof. Helman served as her advisor for the dissertation on Form in the Music of Aleksander Tansman that she completed in 1992, obtaining her doctorate in the humanities. She published a book on this topic and several articles concerning the output of the composer. Dr. Granat-Janki presented papers at numerous conferences in Poland and abroad. She currently serves on the committee of the honorary society Les Amis d'Alexandre Tansman in Paris. She teaches at the State Academy of Music in Wrocław, while pursuing her interests in the history and theory of 20th-century music.

Granat-Janki's Article (on Tansman)
Granat-Janki's Abstract


Joseph A. HERTER

Joseph A. Herter, a native of Detroit, U.S. is a conductor and Polish music scholar presently based in Warsaw, Poland. The founder and artistic director of Cantores Minores choir at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Warsaw, Poland, Herter has been actively involved in a number of large-scale projects, including increased cultural exchanges between Poland and the U.S., reviving lost or forgotten repertoire of Polish music, especially from late 19th and early 20th century, and developing choral movement in Poland and internationally. Herter's choir participated in numerous festivals and international tours, including summer concert tours to the U.S. in 1997 and 2000, and won prizes in international competitions. As a performer-scholar, Herter is particularly interested in patriotic repertoire (his concerts frequently celebrate major political events) and music adhering to the aesthetics of romanticism, including compositions by Paderewski and Stojowski. His current project involves the revival of Zygmunt Stojowski's oeuvre through research and performances.

Herter and Trochimczyk, eds.: Stojowski Documents (Abstract)
Herter, ed: Poem about Stojowski
Trochimczyk and Herter, eds.: Stojowski - Evolution
Trochimczyk and Herter, eds.: Stojowski - An Address



Linda Schubert is an independent scholar, writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan (1994) with a dissertation on film music, entitled Soundtracking the Past: Early Music and its Representations in Selected History Films. Schubert is particularly interested in music used in period films and how these films aurally construct the past. She is also interested in helping identify and bring into musicological discussion unique film scoring practices such as team composing and the re-use of cues in multiple films. She has published and presented papers in the U.S. and abroad on these subjects. Formerly a reviewer of classical music websites for the internet magazine BRIEFME.COM, Schubert has contributed several review-essays to the forthcoming Film Music Journal. She is Book Reviews Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of that publication, as well as an editorial assistant for the Polish Music Journal and the Polish Music History Series. She also serves as Music Director for the Chaplaincy, Canterbury Westwood Foundation (Episcopal student ministries).

Schubert first began to work with the film scores of Henry Vars at the suggestion of Prof. Maja Trochimczyk, Director of the Polish Music Center at USC for the international conference "Polish/Jewish Music!" held at USC in the fall of 1998. She has also presented papers about Vars for the American Music Society and the Film Music Society. The paper published here in the Polish Music Journal is a revised and greatly expanded version of an article that first appeared in the Film Music Society's Cue Sheet.

Schubert's Article (on Vars)
Schubert's Abstract
Bibliography and Vars's Published Music
Vars's Filmography



Born in Poland, and educated in Poland and Canada, Dr. Trochimczyk serves as Research Assistant Professor and Stefan and Wanda Wilk Director of the Polish Music Center at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. After receiving two M.A. degrees in Poland (in sound engineering from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, 1987, and in musicology from the University of Warsaw, 1986) she completed her doctoral dissertation on Space and Spatialization in Contemporary Music at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada (1994) and moved to California in order to dedicate her future to researching and promoting Polish music. Dr. Trochimczyk is the recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, 1993-1996), the American Council of Learned Societies (2001), the University of Southern California (grants from the Zumberge Fund for New Faculty in 1997, Southern California Studies Center Junior Faculty Award in 1999), Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity (first prize for the doctoral dissertation, 1998), and the Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music (Professional Prize, 1994).

In her musicological research Trochimczyk has focused on the study of music by Polish composers (Bacewicz, Górecki, Lutosławski) while continuing to pursue her interests in 20th-century music (Bartók, Andriessen, Schafer, Xenakis), spatial music, and constructs of Polish national identity (anthems, immigrant communities and musicians, dance groups). Dr. Trochimczyk has published over forty articles and book chapters in an international array of books and journals, e.g. Journal of Musicological Research, The Musical Quarterly, American Music, The American Journal of Semiotics (US), Contemporary Music Review (UK), Muzyka (Poland), Studia Musicologica (Hungary), Women Composers: Music Through the Ages (USA), Lutosławski Studies (UK), and Crosscurrents and Counterpoints (Sweden). She has also given presentations at over forty musicology and interdisciplinary conferences in six countries. Her book After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music was published in 2000 by the Polish Music Center; a volume of essays about The Music of Louis Andriessen will appear in 2002, from Routledge, New York. In 1987-2000 she was known as Maria Anna Harley and published under that name.

Trochimczyk's Article (Paderewski in Poetry)
Trochimczyk's Abstract
Poems about Paderewski
Trochimczyk, ed.: Paderewski at USC
Trochimczyk, ed.: Paderewski and Poland
Trochimczyk, ed.: Paderewski - Tempo Rubato
Trochimczyk's Editorial



James Wierzbicki, a member of the music faculty at the University of California-Irvine, is a musicologist who specializes in critical theory, 18th-century opera, and film music. During the past year he has had articles published in Opera Quarterly, Film and Philosophy, and the British on-line journal New Music; next year his article on scores for sci-fi films from the early '50s will appear in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and his chapter on sound collage will be included in a forthcoming book on the films of Terrence Malick. The musical sociology of Max Weber and intertextual relationships in opera, film, and novels are among his current topics of study. Wierzbicki earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in clarinet performance, and in 1979 he completed the Ph.D. in music at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to working in academia, he was for more than two decades a full-time music journalist, serving as chief music critic for The Cincinnati Post, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and - from 1984 to 1994 - the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; he has also been a contributing editor for Musical America magazine, an author of liner notes for recordings, and a commentator for National Public Radio's "Performance Today" program. It was during the mid-1970s, while he was on the staff of The Cincinnati Post, that he first came into contact with Feliks Łabuński.

Wierzbicki's Article (on Łabuński)
Łabuński's List of Works
Łabuński - Bibliography
Wierzbicki's Abstract


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Copyright 2001 by the Polish Music Journal.
Editor: Maja Trochimczyk. Assistant Editor: Linda Schubert.
Publisher: Polish Music Center, 2001.
Design: Maja Trochimczyk & Marcin Depinski.
Editorial Assistance: Zak Ozmo.
Comments and inquiries by e-mail: polmusic@email.usc.edu