Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)


02The Wandering Years20111011

Donald Macleod focuses on the period following the death of Szymanowski's father in 1904.

Following the death of his father in 1904, Szymanowski spent seven years travelling through Europe and North Africa.

These experiences directly affected the course his music would take, ranging from immersion in German culture to Sicilian sun and Persian poetry.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

03The War Years20111012

With Donald Macleod.

Unable to take part in the war, Szymanowski retired to the Ukraine.

Unable to take part in the war because of a childhood injury, Szymanowski retired quietly to the family estate in the Ukraine where he experienced one of his most productive periods, dipping into Islamic culture to produce his seductive and sumptuous Third Symphony and a work for violin and piano inspired by Greek legends.

Presented by Donald Macleod

04The Crisis Years20111013

With Donald Macleod.

After the October Revolution of 1917, Szymanowski returned to Warsaw.

The October Revolution of 1917 resulted in the destruction of Szymanowski's family estate in the Ukraine.

Returning to Warsaw, now the capital city of a newly independent Poland, Szymanowski struggled to find a place for himself in the nation's regeneration.

Feeling undervalued, he looked to the international community to disseminate his music.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

05 LASTA Music For Poland20111014

With Donald Macleod.

Szymanowski spent long periods of time in Zakopane.

Szymanowski spent long periods of time in Zakopane, situated at the foot of the Tatra mountains.

Having immersed himself in the customs of the local people, he published articles and wrote music which reflected these studies, with the aim of affirming a contemporary Polish musical language.

Presented by Donald Macleod.