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(b. 1899, Chojnata - d. 1954, Warsaw)

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Jan Maklakiewicz was born on November 24, 1899 at Chojnata in the Mazowsze region of Poland; he died on February 7, 1954 in Warsaw. Maklakiewicz was a composer, conductor, teacher, critic and publicist. After initial studies with his father, a country organist, he went to Warsaw to study, first at the Chopin Music School with Biernacki (harmony), Szopski (counterpoint) and Binental (violin) and later at the Conservatory of Music (1922-25) with Statkowski (composition). In the years 1926-27 he completed his composer's studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris under Paul Dukas. After his return to Poland he became engaged in composition and was also active as an organizer of musical events, having founded a number of choral ensembles. He was also engaged in teaching, as well as in musical journalism. In the years 1927-29 at the conservatory in Łódz he was in charge of the school choir and lectured on theory of music. From 1929 until his death he was a teacher at the Conservatory in Warsaw. In 1932 he was appointed organist of the Holly Cross, Warsaw, where he also worked as a choirmaster and music critic. After the Second World War, as a musical publicist he contributed reviews and articles to some newspapers and magazines, such as "Daily Morning," "Music," "Choir" and "Polish Daily." In the years 1945-47 he was director of the State Philharmonic in Cracow and then, from 1947-48, he occupied the same position in Warsaw, also lecturing on composition and instrumentation at the State Higher School of Music. He wrote a great deal of church music in the 1930s and a number of mass songs after the war. Many of his works are based on folk themes. Maklakiewicz received the State Music Award in 1932 for his Cello Concerto, the First Prize at the Kronenberg Competition in 1933 for his violin Concerto No. 1 and - posthumously - the Officer's Cross of the Order of Poland's Revival (Polonia Restituta).


Orchestral Works and Concertos

Symphonic Variations - 1922

Concerto, for cello and orchestra on Gregorian themes - 1930

Violin Concerto No. 1 - 1930

Symphonic Tango, for orchestra - 1931

Concert Overture - 1939

Grunwald, symphonic poem - 1939-44

Prague Overture - 1947

Grand Waltz and Polka from Lowicz, from Ballet Suite The Golden Duck, arranged for wind orchestra by A. Sikorski - 1950

Violin Concerto No. 2 "Mountaineers" - 1952

Chamber Music

Hucul's Suite, violin and piano - 1927

Triptych , for cello and piano - 1927

Vocal-Instrumental Music

Les Vierges Aux Crepuscules , for 2 mezzo-sopranos, flute, viola and harp - 1927

Symphony No. 2 "Holy Lord", for baritone solo, mixed choir and orchestra - 1927

Concertino quasi una Fantasia, for piano, mezzo-soprano and orchestra - 1929

Four Japanese Songs for soprano and orchestra - 1929

Song of our Daily Bread, symphonic poem for mixed choir and orchestra - 1931

Polish Mass, for mixed choir, soprano or tenor solo and organ - 1944

Four Songs Op.5, for high voice and orchestra - 1946

Madonnas, five songs for soprano and orchestra - 1947

Silesia Works and Sings, folk suite for tenor solo, men's, women's and mixed choir with orchestra or piano - 1948
  • Up with Poland
  • The Boys Returned from the War
  • The Haymakers
  • On a green Meadow
  • Silesian Dances

Suite from Łowicz for soprano solo, mixed choir and orchestra - 1948
  • March
  • On the Rustic Fife
  • Sophie
  • Cradle Song
  • The Wedding

Zabrze, cantata for 4-part men's or mixed choir and symphony orchestra - 1949

Vocal-Instrumental Music (undated works)

Christmas Carols, for mixed choir with the accompaniment of an organ
  • After the Star - words by S. Mlodozeniec
  • When Christ is Born
  • Our Lady
  • He is lying in the Manger
  • Bow to Jesus - words by B.S. Kossuth
  • God is Born
  • The Virgin Mary's Cradle Song
  • At our Lord's Nativity
  • Hushaby, Little Jesus
  • The Star is shining above the Stable - words by B.S. Kossuth
  • Little Jesus
  • Our Lady lulled her Son - words by H. Jarowicz
  • People's Hearts Rejoice - words by H. Jarowicz

Elegy after Roman Statkowski's Death, for 4-part mixed choir and organ

Our Lady, song from the 17th centuryfor mixed or 4-part men's choir and organ

Choral Music a capella

Five Folk Songs, for mixed choir - 1929
  • Little Bell - folk tune from the Poznan region, after L. Schiller
  • Persuasions - as above
  • With a Pipe and a Drum - as above
  • I had a Lass - tune from the Kurpie region
  • The little Geese were flying - tune from the Kurpie region, dedicated to S. Wiechowicz

The little Geese were flying , tune from the Kurpie region for mixed choir - 1929

Three Strings, for 4-part men's choir - 1935

Cradle Song, for 4-part men's choir (two different versions) - 1946

Zabrze, for mixed choir - 1949

Choral Music a Capella (undated works)

Christmas Carols, for choir

Harnas from the Beskid Mountains for mixed choir, to the words by J. Reimschussel

Kashubian Bugle - Call, for 3-part mixed choir, to the words by H. Parysiewicz

Song of the Polish Sea, for mixed choir, to the words by A. Boguslawski

Two Winds , for mixed choir, to the words by J. Tuwim

Songs for Voice and Piano

Du bist wie Blume, song op.23, to the words by H. Heine - 1928

Song of the Mayor's Daughter, for op.21, to the words by J. Kasprowicz - 1928

Cradle Song (there is also an arrangement for voice and mandolin by E. Ciuksza) - 1946

Stage Works

Cagliostro in Warsaw, ballet in 3 scenes - 1938

The Golden Duck, ballet in 5 scenes - 1950

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