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Zofia Lissa

Zofia Lissa

Zofia Lissa

*19 X 1908 Lwów, †26 III 1980 Warszawa

Lissa Zofia, Polish musicologist. She studied at the Conservatory and John Casimir University in Lviv (philosophy under Kazimierz Twardowski, musicology under Adolf Chybiński). In 1930 she gained her PhD for her thesis on harmony in the work of Alexander Scriabin. She then taught in music schools and institutions of higher education in Lviv, and worked as a music editor for Lviv radio. From 1941 to 1942 she taught music in Namangan (Uzbekistan). In the years 1943-1944 she was head of music in the Union of Polish Patriots in Moscow, and in 1945 became cultural attaché of the Polish embassy in Moscow.

In 1947 she became vice-chair of the Department of Music at the Ministry of Culture and the Arts. Until the sixties, she was one of the ideologues of socialist realism in art and an advocate of analysing musical works according to Marxist principles. From 1948 she worked in the School of Music of Warsaw University (in the years 1958-75 as head of the school). Her scholarly interests centred mainly around the aesthetics and philosophy of music.

Exceptionally active in the musicological milieu, among other things she organised the First International Congress devoted to the work of Fryderyk Chopin (1960). In her works on Chopin's music, Lissa emphasised Chopin's innovation in the areas of harmony, form and texture. She devoted a large part of her detailed studies to the problem of the reception of Chopin's music, especially its influence on Russian composers. In several studies, she also looked at the problem of national style in Chopin's music, highlighting-somewhat over emphatically-the influence of folklore on his work.



 

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