Maja Trochimczyk

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Maja Trochimczyk (born Maria Anna Trochimczyk; 30 December 1957 in Warsaw, Poland, other name: Maria Anna Harley) is a Californian music historian, writer and poet of Polish descent.[1] She published six poetry books: Rose Always – A Court Love Story,[2] 2008; Miriam’s Iris, or Angels in the Garden,[3] 2008; Slicing the Bread: Children's Survival Manual in 25 Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2014);[4] Into Light: Poems and Incantations;[5] an anthology Chopin with Cherries,[6] 2010), and a multi-faith anthology Meditations on Divine Names.[7]

Her poems and photographs appear in numerous journals and anthologies, including: Clockwise Cat,",[8] "Ekphrasis, Epiphany Magazine,",[9] the Lily Review,[10] Loch Raven Review,[11] Magnapoets, Quill and Parchment, Phantom Seed, poeticdiversity,[12] Sage Trail, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology,[13] Poetry Super Highway,[14] The Scream Online,[15] The Houston Literary Review, and other venues. She may be heard discussing her poetry on KPFK's Poets' Cafe, interviewed by Lois P. Jones in 2011.[16] Video recordings of Trochimczyk's poetry are found on YouTube channel of Moonrise Press [17] and Poetry LA.[18]

As a music historian, she published six books of music studies and essays: After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music (USC, 2000);[19] The Music of Louis Andriessen (Routledge, 2002)[20] including interviews with the composer and analyses of his music; Polish Dance in California (Columbia UP, East European Monographs, 2007);[21] A Romantic Century in Polish Music,;[22] Frédéric Chopin: A Research and Information Guide. Co-edited with William Smialek in the series Routledge Music Bibliographies (New York: Routledge, 2015).[23]

In 2001, she created a site on Polish folk dance at the USC Polish Music Center, with entries about various Polish dance types and folk dance groups active in California.[24] An article in the Cosmopolitan Review shows the unwitting dependence of folk dance movement in America on Stalinist aesthetics and ideology.[25]

Trochimczyk wrote 17 book chapters and 27 peer-reviewed articles on music and culture, listed on her website with publication details, publications before 2000 appeared under the name of Maria Anna Harley.[26] Her study of Gorecki's ideas of motherhood and his Third Symphony was published in The Musical Quarterly in 1998 and reprinted in a special issue of the Polish Music Journal dedicated to Gorecki in 2003.[27] Her work on spatial music and its composers, such as Henry Brant or Iannis Xenakis, appeared in: American Music,[28] Computer Music Journal,[29] The PDF of her doctoral dissertation, "Space and Spatialization in Contemporary Music: History and Analysis, Ideas and Implementations" (McGill University, 1994), is available from Moonrise Press.[30] An article on Grazyna Bacewicz and Picasso was issued by the Journal of Musicological Research..[31] Trochimczyk's work on Bartok's concept of nature and his birdsong portrayals appeared in Studia Musicologica and Tempo.[32] Zbigniew Skowron's book Lutoslawski Studies included her chapter on Witold Lutoslawski's musical symbols of death,[33] while Halina Goldberg's The Age of Chopin featured a study of extreme nationalism in the reception of Chopin, associated with the concept of the "Polish race.".[34] A presenter at the Second and Third International Chopin Congresses in Warsaw, Poland (in 1999 and 2010 respectively), she published articles in their proceedings.,.[35][36] She maintains a popular Chopin blog, Chopin with Cherries.[37] Trochimczyk also wrote about Chopin reception by women composers in the Polish Review (2000), and by poets in the Polish-American Studies.[38] The latter journal issued her study of the image of Paderewski,[39] explored earlier in the Polish Music Journal.[40] A recent research interest is the immigration of Polish composers to America, discussed in a chapter in Anna Mazurkiewicz's East Central Europe in Exile, vol. 1,[41] and in Polin, vol. 19, Polish-Jewish Relations in North America.[42] She also edited the proceedings of the first conference on Polish Jewish Music held in 1998 at USC for the Polish Music Journal. .[43] Eva Mantzouriani's Polish Music after 1945 included Trochimczyk's chapter on the events of 1968.

A recipient of fellowships/awards from McGill University, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Southern California, Polish American Historical Association, and American Council of Learned Societies, Dr. Trochimczyk served as poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles in 2010–2012,[44] and as the President of the Helena Modjeska Arts and Culture Club in Los Angeles in 2010–2012. For the Club, she organized over 30 events (lectures, concerts, film screenings, and receptions) during her tenure, documented on the blog, Among other activities, she presented the Modjeska Prizes to eminent Polish actors, Jan Nowicki,[45] Barbara Krafftowna,[46] and Anna Dymna.[47] As the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, she wrote a monthly column for a community paper, The Voice of the Village.[48] She continued poetic activities in the local community as member of the Planning Committee of the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga,[49] as well as the owner of the Moonrise Press.[50] Simultaneously, she has held the position of an officer and newsletter editor of the Polish American Historical Association since 2009,. In 2011 she became a member of the editorial board of the Ecomusicology Newsletter[51] of the Ecomusicology Study Group of the American Musicological Society.

In 2012, Trochimczyk received a medal from the Ministry of Culture and the Arts of Poland for the promotion of Polish culture.[52] Her volunteering has also been recognized by the City and County of Los Angeles. In 2013, she was nominated to serve as Chair of Culture Committee in the Polonia Advisory Board for the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.[53] In 2015, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Polish American Historical Association.[54]



  1. ^ "Interview with Maja Trochimczyk, Poet from Poland". Muses Review. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b ""Rose Always – A Court Love Story" - A Novella in Verse by Maja Trochimczyk". 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Miriam's Iris – Selected Poems from a book by Maja Trochimczyk". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Slicing the Bread". Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Into Light: Poems and Incantations". Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Chopin With Cherries: A Tribute in Verse". Moonrise Press. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Meditations on Divine Names – A Poetry Anthology". Moonrise Press. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  8. ^ [url=]
  9. ^ "EPIPHANY epiphmag Poetry, Issue 16, Epiphany Magazine". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Trochimczyk, Avignon". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Maja Trochimczyk". Loch Raven Review. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Maja Trochimczyk – featured poets". 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  13. ^ theoriginalvangoghsearanthology (2012-10-13). ""Unseen" by Maja Trochimczyk". TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  14. ^ "PSH: Poets of the Week". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  15. ^ "Heaven and Hell". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  16. ^ "Maja Trochimczyk on Poets Cafe". Timothy Green. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  17. ^ "MoonrisePress's channel". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  18. ^ "Maja Trochimczyk ~ Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga". YouTube. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  19. ^ Maja Trochimczyk (Author) (2000-10-01). After Chopin: Essays in Polish music (Polish music history series): Maja Trochimczyk: 9780916545055: Books. ISBN 0916545059. 
  20. ^ "Barnes & Noble – Books, Textbooks, eBooks, Toys, Games, DVDs and More". 2002-05-28. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  21. ^ a b "Polish Dance in Southern California". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  22. ^ a b "A Romantic Century in Polish Music – Studies edited by Maja Trochimczyk". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  23. ^ Fredric Chopin: A Research and Information Guide. ISBN 0815321805. 
  24. ^ "Polish Dance in Southern California". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  25. ^ "Created by Stalin, Embraced by Emigrants? Mazowsze, Śląsk and the Polish Folk Dance Movement in America". 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  26. ^ Maja Trochimczyk. "Maja Trochimczyk – Education, Books, Articles, Poetry and Events". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  27. ^ "Polish Music Journal 6 February 2003 – Henryk Mikolaj Górecki". 2003-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  28. ^ Harley, Maria Anna (1 January 1997). "An American in Space: Henry Brant's "Spatial Music"". American Music. 15 (1): 70–92. JSTOR 3052698. doi:10.2307/3052698. 
  29. ^ "Project MUSE – From Circles to Nets: On the Signification of Spatial Sound Imagery in New Music". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  30. ^
  31. ^ Harley, Maria Anna (1 January 1997). "Bacewicz, Picasso, and the making of desire". Journal of Musicological Research. 16 (4): 243–281. doi:10.1080/01411899708574733 – via Taylor and Francis+NEJM. 
  32. ^ Maria Anna Harley. "Cambridge Journals Online – TEMPO – Abstract – Birds in concert: North American birdsong in Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  33. ^ › Steven Stucky. Lutoslawski Studies: Zbigniew Skowron: 9780198166603: Books. ISBN 0198166605. 
  34. ^ › Halina Goldberg (2004-05-07). The Age of Chopin: Interdisciplinary Inquiries: Halina Goldberg: 9780253216281: Books. ISBN 0253216281. 
  35. ^ International Musicological Congress; Poniatowska, Irena, eds. (1 January 2003). "Chopin and his work in the context of culture: studies". Polska Akademia Chopinowska – via Open WorldCat. 
  36. ^ Institute, The Fryderyk Chopin. "Fryderyk Chopin – Information Centre – Participants". 
  37. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  38. ^ Trochimczyk, Maja (1 January 2010). "Chopin in Polish American Poetry — Lost Home, Found Beauty". Polish American Studies. 67 (2): 35–52. JSTOR 41162459. doi:10.2307/41162459 (inactive 2017-01-25). 
  39. ^ Trochimczyk, Maja (1 January 2010). "An Archangel at the Piano: Paderewski's Image and His Female Audience". Polish American Studies. 67 (1): 5–44. JSTOR 25698900. doi:10.2307/25698900 (inactive 2017-01-25). 
  40. ^ "Polish Music Journal 4.1.01 – Trochimczyk: Paderewski in Poetry". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  42. ^ "Polin 19". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  43. ^ "Polish Music Journal 6 January 2003 – Polish Jewish Music". 2003-01-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  44. ^ Trochimczyk, Maja. "Maja Trochimczyk – Poet, Historian, Photographer, Translator...". 
  45. ^ "Picasa Web Albums – Maja Trochimczyk – Modjeska Club". 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  46. ^ "Modjeska Club: October 2012". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  47. ^ Trochimczyk, Maja (2012-06-08). "Modjeska Club: Anna Dymna Receives the 2011 Modjeska Prize in Poland". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  48. ^ Website Design by "Archives – Voice of the Village – Sunland Tujunga Shadow Hills". Voice of the Village. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  49. ^ "Maja Trochimczyk – Poet". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  50. ^ "Contact Us". Moonrise Press. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  51. ^ "Ecomusicology » Newsletter". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  52. ^ "Dr. Trochimczyk Receives Medal from Polish Ministry". Phoenix House. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  53. ^ page 6 Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  54. ^ "Polish American Historical Association – Distinguished Service Awards". 
  55. ^ Smialek, William; Trochimczyk, Maja (1 November 1999). Fredric Chopin: A Research and Information Guide. Routledge. ISBN 0815321805 – via Amazon. 
  56. ^ "Slicing the Bread by Maja Trochimczyk , Finishing Line Press". 
  57. ^ | 16 January 2011
  58. ^ Music of Louis Andriessen: Maja Trochimczyk: 9780815337898: Books. ISBN 0815337892. 
  59. ^ "Polish Music Center – Polish Music History Series". 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bloch, Gregory W. "The Problem with Andriessen." Echo VI/2. 2004.
  • Dutka, Elaine. "How USC Nabbed the Great Górecki," Los Angeles Times, 1 October 1997.
  • Guzlowski, John Z. Review of Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse in The Cosmopolitan Review 2 no. 1 (Spring 2010).
  • Harsh, Ed. Review of The Music of Louis Andriessen (2002), in Notes, Music Library Association Quarterly, 60, no. 1 (September 2003): 160-162.
  • Inglis, Jadwiga. "Kompozytorka Joanna Bruzdowicz w Los Angeles," The Summit Times (January 2004), Wirtualna Polonia (January 2004).
  • Inglis, Jadwiga. "Pięc tysięcy stron o muzyce. Rozmowa z Mają Trochimczyk," [Five thousand pages about music. An interview with Maja Trochimczyk]. Interview in Polish, in News of Polonia (March 2004), The Summit Times (February 2004), and Głos/Voice (April 2004), reprinted in Bialy Orzel/White Eagle (May 2007).
  • Kanski, Elizabeth. "A Tribute to Chopin in Verse," review of Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse in Polish American Journal, September 2010, p. 21.
  • Makowski, Jenna. Review of Polish Dance in Southern California in Journal of Folklore Research, November 2008.
  • Thomas, G. Murray. Review of Miriam's Iris, or Angels in the Garden in, February 2010.
  • Woods, Christopher. Review of Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse in Contemporary World Literature, February 2011
  • Reklewska-Braun, Zofia, review of "Slicing the Bread" Poetry Chapbook (Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2014), in Goniec, March 2015[1]
  • Boss, Sally, review of "Slicing the Bread" Poetry Chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2014), in the Sarmatian Review, April 2015, p. 1931-1932.
  • Strybel, Robert, review of "Slicing the Bread" Poetry Chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2014), in the Polish American Journal, January 2015.
  • Kozaczka, Grazyna, review of "Chopin with Cherries" and "Meditations on Divine Names" anthologies in The Polish Review, vol. 58, no. 4 (2013): 108-110.
  1. ^ Reklewska-Braun, Zofia. "Poetycki podręcznik przetrwania: Maja Trochimczyk – Slicing the Bread".