Karol Szymanowski

Karol Szymanowski Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    6th October 1882
  • Died
    29th March 1937
  • Birthplace
    Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine

Karol Maciej Szymanowski was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century. His oeuvre has been divided into three periods. The first shows the influence of the late Romantic German school as well as the early works of Alexander Scriabin, as exemplified by his Étude Op. 4 No. 3 and his first two symphonies. Later, he developed an impressionistic and partially atonal style, present in such works as the Third Symphony and his Violin Concerto No. 1. His third period was influenced by the folk music of the Polish Górale region, as in the ballet Harnasie, the Fourth Symphony, and his sets of Mazurkas for piano. He was awarded the highest national honors, including the Officer's Cross of theOrder of Polonia Restituta, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and other, including foreign, distinctions.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
3 Caprices de Paganini, Op.40 Caprice Solo Instrument and Piano
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.35 Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Violin Concerto No.2, Op.61 Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
4 Polish Dances Dance Piano
Mythes, Op. 30 Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
4 Etudes, Op.4 Etude Piano
12 Etudes, Op.33 Etude Piano
Vocalise-Étude Etude Voice(s) and Piano
Fantasy, Op.14 Fantasy Piano
La berceuse d'Aitacho Enia, Op.52 Lullaby/Berceuse Solo Instrument and Piano
20 Mazurkas, Op.50 Mazurka Piano
Mazurkas, Op.62 Mazurka Piano
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 Nocturne Solo Instrument and Piano
Hagith, Op.25 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
3 Masques, Op.34 Piano piece Piano
Metopes, Op.29 Piano piece Piano
Polish Songs for Piano Piano piece Piano
9 Preludes, Op.1 Prelude Piano
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue Piano
String Quartet No.1, Op.37 Quartet String Quartet