Felix Borowski (March 10, 1872 – September 6, 1956) was a British/American composer and teacher. He is also known as professor of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas at Chicago Musical College during a period between 1918-1922.
Life and career
Felix Borowski was of Polish descent but was born in the English village of Burton-in-Kendal, Westmorland. His father, who was quite a musician, was of distinguished Polish stock. His mother was English and very accomplished in music. His father gave him his first instruction on the piano as well as on the violin . He was educated in London and at the Cologne Conservatory. He then taught the piano and the violin for a while in Aberdeen, Scotland. At this time Borowski had begun to publish smaller compositions for piano and violin. Somewhat later his compositions won strong commendation from composers such as Edvard Grieg, Theodor Leschetizky, Sauer and other renowned masters.
In 1896, Borowski moved to the USA to become Director of the Chicago Musical College. His connection with this musical college continued until 1925 when he resigned to devote himself to private teaching and to composition. During his working life in the U.S.A. he was a composer, teacher, and newspaper critic in Chicago. He was the programme annotator for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1908-1956, and the CSO holds a collection of his original compositions as well as arrangements by him of the works of others. In 1917, he was elected as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.
One of his compositions for piano and violin ('Adoration') was recorded on Edison Blue Amberol in 1914 (#2475) by Richard Czerwonky (1886-1949), also an American musician of Polish descent, being an outstanding violin-player and orchestra conductor at his time. Borowski wrote three large-scale and romantic Sonatas for the organ (published 1904, 1906 and 1924), and his compositions for orchestra include a poem Semiramis and 3 symphonies (c.1932, c.1933, c.1938).[a]
- the manuscripts of most of these orchestral works - for instance, scores and parts for symphonies 1 and 2, score for no.3 in G - are in the Fleisher Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia. (The Newberry Library Borowski Papers contain recordings and analyses of a number of these works but not, it seems, scores or parts.)
- Free scores by Felix Borowski at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Felix Borowski Papers at the Newberry Library
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