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The Warsaw Music Society

The Warsaw Music Society

The Library of the Warsaw Music Society was founded in 1871. In 1958 it became the Library, Museum and Archive of the WMS. It gathers materials for research into Polish musical culture during the nineteenth century, in particular the musical culture of Warsaw: manuscripts of musical works, other manuscripts (including correspondence, memoirs, librettos), sheet music, books, periodicals, documents of musical life, iconographic items and recordings. Among the most valuable parts of the collection are the legacies of composers (including Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Zygmunt Noskowski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Józef Stefani), private collections (including those of Józef Sikorski, Adam Münchheimer and Jan Karłowicz) and letters (including correspondence of Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz and Zygmunt Noskowski). In addition, the library possesses music literature and pedagogic publications.


 

Manuscripts kept in the library:

Mazurka A-flat major op. 7 nr 4; Presentation autograph
Waltz A-flat major op. 34 nr 1; Stichvorlage autograph
Before the battle (words S. Witwicki) [op. 74 nr 10]; Copy
Poland's dirge (words S. Witwicki) [op. 74 nr 17]; Copy (Julian Fontana)
Polonaise A-flat major [op. posth.]; Presentation autograph
Waltz A-flat major [op. posth.]; Presentation autograph
Lento con gran espressione in c sharp minor [op. posth.]; Copy (Milij Aleksiejewicz Bałakiriew)
Mazurkas G major & B major; Copy (Józef Sikorski)

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