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Władysław Żeleński

Władysław Żeleński

Władysław Żeleński

*6 VII 1837 Grodkowice, †23 I 1921 Kraków

Composer, pianist, pedagogue, founder and first director of the Music Conservatory in Krakow.

He studied the piano with J. Germasz and singing and composition with F. Mirecki. He studied also philosophy at the Iagiellonian University. He continused music studies in Prague - organ with J. Krejč and piano with A. Dreyschock.Between 1866 and 1870 he stayed in Paris where he studied composition in the Conservatory with N.H. Reber and privately with B. Damcke.

As a composer he made his debut in July 1857 with his Ouverture. 

In 1872 he came to Warsaw where he took over the chair of professor of harmony in the Music Insitute from Moniuszko. In 1878 he was chosen the artistic director of the Warsaw Music Society. In 1881 he settled down in Krakow where he was a teacher of harmony and counterpoint in the music school of the Music Society. 

On the 1st of February 1888 the music school of the Krakow Music Society became a Music Conservatory and Żeleński became its director and professor of theory of organ playing and piano. Among his students were H. Opieński, F. Szopski, Z. Stojowski, B. Wallek-Walewski, K. Garbusiński, Sz. Profic.

Żeleński is an author of sympfonic pieces, chamber music, piano pieces and songs.  



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