Władysław Żeleński (composer)

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Władysław Żeleński, 1894

Władysław Marcjan Mikołaj Żeleński (6 July 1837 – 23 January 1921) was a Polish composer, pianist and organist.

Żeleński was born in Grodkowice. He was a representative of neoromanticism in Polish music. Since early days Żeleński showed interest in chamber music. While in secondary school, he wrote two quartets and a trio that, however, have not survived to our times. Later chamber pieces: Sextet in C major, Op. 9 and Wariacje na temat własny (Variations on an Original Theme) for string quartet, Op. 29 Żeleński composed while studying first in Prague and later in Paris. He died in Kraków.

Władysław was the father of physician and writer Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński.

Notable works[edit]

Operas

  • Goplana
  • Janek
  • Konrad Wallenrod
  • Stara baśń

Symphonic compositions

  • W Tatrach (In the Tatra Mountains), overture, Op. 27 (1870)
  • Echa leśne (Forest Echos), overture
  • Suita tańców polskich (Suite of Polish Dances), Op. 47
  • Symfonie lesne (Spring Symphony), Op. 41
  • Polonez koncertowy (Concert Polonaise)
  • Trauerklänge, Elegisches Andante, Op. 36

Concertante

  • Concerto E-flat major for piano and orchestra, Op. 60
  • Romance for cello and orchestra, Op. 40

Chamber music

  • Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 61
  • Piano Trio in E major for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 22 (1874, dedicated to pianist Augusta Auspitz-Kolar, published by Kahnt Verlag in Leipzig)
  • Romance for violin and piano, Op. 16
  • Sonata in F major for violin and piano, Op. 30
  • String Quartet in F major, Op. 28
  • String Quartet in A major, Op. 42
  • Wariacje na temat własny (Variations on an Original Theme) for string quartet, Op. 21 (1883)

Keyboard

  • 2 Mazurkas for piano, Op. 31
  • 25 Preludes for organ, Op. 38
  • Marsz uroczysty (Ceremonial March) for piano, Op. 44
  • Rêverie for piano, Op. 48

Songs Władysław is author of over 100 songs, most notable are:

  • "Na Anioł Pański"
  • "Słowiczku mój"
  • "Zaczarowana królewna"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Żeleński Władysław". Internetowa encyklopedia PWN. Retrieved 2006-11-19.

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