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Zdzisław Jan Jachimecki

Zdzisław Jan Jachimecki

Zdzisław Jan Jachimecki

*7 II 1882, Lwów, †27 X 1953 Kraków

Jachimecki Zdzisław Jan, Polish musicologist, musical critic and composer. He studied musicology in Vienna under Guido Adler. From 1911, he held seminars on the Theory and History of Music at the Jagellonian University, which was instituted as a department in 1945 of which he was director until his death. He published a series of books about the history of Polish music, monographs on several composers (including Chopin and Wagner) as well as many articles. He was an honorary member of the Viennese Chopin Society.

His book, which endeavoured to popularise Chopin, appeared in several versions. In the biographical segment, Jachimecki, underlined the influence of folklore on the creativity of the composer, and, generally characterising Chopin’s works expressed the opinion that: “the erotic factor has a dominant position in the chimerical layer of Chopin’s art.” The author, in order, according to type and chronology discussed Chopin’s compositions. The work ends with a survey of Chopin-oriented literature as well as a deliberation of the meaning of Chopin’s works “in the history of modern music”. Jachimecki’s greatest achievement in the field of Chopinology is the analysis of Chopin’s harmony and melody (among others discovering the so-called “pendulum” motif), confirming Chopin’s authorship of the Polonaise G-flat as well as the publication of his works written as a child. His views regarding the connection between the Ballads and specific ballads written by Adam Mickiewicz had a significant influence on later interpretations of these compositions.


 

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