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(b. 1904, Przemyśl - d. 1957, Kraków)

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Artur Malawski was born on 4 July 1904 in Przemyśl and died on 26 December 1957 in Kraków. He graduated from the Kraków Conservatory of Music (studies under J. Chmielewski) with a high distinction as a violin virtuoso in 1928, and then from the Warsaw Conservatory of Music with two diplomas - in composition under K. Sikorski and conducting under W. Bierdiajew in 1939. He lectured on composition, conducting and theory at the State Higher School of Music in Kraków from 1945 until his death, where his pupils included Penderecki and Schaeffer. He also taught conducting at the State Higher School in Katowice (1950-54). In addition, Malawski appeared as a conductor of symphony orchestras in concert halls and on the radio. In the years 1948-51 he was President of the Polish Section of the ISCM. His conducting activities were restricted largely to his own works as he devoted most of his time and energy to composition.

Malawski received many awards for his works, among them in 1946 the Award of the Kraków Voivodeship; in 1949 - the Second Prize at the Chopin Competition for Composers in Warsaw for his Symphonic Variations, and the Third Prize at the same competition for Toccata and Fugue in the Form of Variations; in 1952 - the State Award of the Third Degree for The Peaks; in 1955 - the State Award of the Second Degree for his composer's and teaching activities in the previous decade; in the same year - the Prize of the Festival of Polish Contemporary Music and the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art for Symphonic Studies and for Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello; in 1956 - the Award of the Polish Composers' Union for the whole of his composer's and teaching activity; in the same year - the Order of the Banner of Labor of the Second Degree; in 1957 - the Music Award of the City of Kraków for his creative work, especially for his Symphony No.2.


Orchestral Works

Allegro capriccioso for small orchestra - 1929

Peaks, symphonic sketch - 1934 (destroyed)

Sinfonietta - 1935

Fugue in the old style - 1936

Symphonic Variations - 1937

Ukrainian Fantasy - 1941

Symphony No. 1 - 1943

Five Miniatures for piano (orchestral version by D. Ulm) - 1947

Symphonic Studies for piano and orchestra - 1947

Toccata for small orchestra - 1947

Overture - 1948

Toccata and Fugue in the Form of Variations for piano solo and orchestra - 1949

Mountaineers' Triptych for small orchestra - 1950

Popular Suite - 1952

Hungaria - 1956

Symphony No.2 "Dramatic" - 1956

Hungaria - 1956

Works for Choir, Solo Voices and Orchestra

Devil's Seesaw, Op.10a - 1934

The Ballad of the Frogs, Op.10b - 1934

Gorgons' Island, cantata for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra, after the poem by T. Miciński - 1939

The Old Tale for mezzo-soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra, after the novel by J.I. Kraszewski - 1950

The Peaks, ballet-pantomime for soprano, tenor, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra - 1950

My Rock, excerpt from "The Peaks" for unaccompanied mixed choir, to words by J. Mazur

Little Choral Suite for unaccompanied mixed choir - 1952

Olympic Hymn - 1954

Chamber Music

String Quartet No. 1 - 1926 (destroyed)

Andante, recitativo misterioso, for violin and piano - 1928 (destroyed)

Fairy Tale for violin and piano, arranged for violin and orchestra - 1928

Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos - 1932 (destroyed)

Elements of the Tatra for wind quintet - 1934 (partly destroyed)

Burlesque for violin and piano - 1940

String Quartet No. 2 - 1943

Andante and Allegro for violin and piano - 1949

Mazurka for violin and piano - 1950

Sonate, on the theme of F. Janiewicz, for violin and piano - 1951

Siciliana and Rondo , on the theme of F. Janiewicz, for violin and piano - 1952

Trio for piano, violin and violoncello - 1953


Słopiewnie "Green Words" - 1935

Sport's Hymn - 1936 or 1937

Nike of Cheronea for mezzo-soprano and piano - 1943

Three Children's Songs for voice and piano - 1949
  • Meeting
  • The Wind and Peggy
  • The Bird is flying

To Mother for mezzo-soprano and piano - 1950

Piano Works

Robot - 1933 (destroyed)

Tor - 1933 (rev. as Oriental Dance, rev. as Synkopa)

Mazurka - 1946

Five Miniatures - 1947

Mountaineer Triptych - 1949

Stage Works

A Midsummer Night's Dream, (incidental music) for flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion and harp - 1954

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