Marceli Antoni Szulc
*16 I 1818 Koziegłowy, †9 IX 1898 Poznań
Marceli Antoni Schulz. Author of the first Polish monograph about Chopin. Schulz spent the majority of his life in Poznań, where, from 1844, he worked as a teacher of classic languages and French in the St. Marie Magdalene high school. He was a friend of Oskar Kolberg’s; he sporadically engaged himself as a music critic, publishing reviews in “Tygodnik Literacki” and “Echo Muzyczne”, among others. In his monograph he depended primarily on available Polish and foreign literature on the subject, while he strove – with limited success as he himself admitted - to complete the biographic elements using relations of those with whom Chopin was acquainted. The work also contains chapters describing Chopin as a teacher and improviser as well as attempting to define his character traits. In the last chapter, the author discusses in a succinct manner Chopin’s melodiousness, harmony and rhythm as well as separately analysing compositions created after 1833.