Polish music archives in Paris Opera
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The Polish Library in Paris was the venue Friday of a concert featuring seven pieces from the large body of autograph manuscripts by Polish composers recently discovered in the Library of the Paris Opera.
They were performed by Aleksander Dębicz (piano) and Ewa Leszczyńska (soprano).
The entire collection contains the autographs of 27 composers (mostly fragments of compositions, but also short pieces) which were ordered by the French musicologist and librarian at the Paris Opera, Charles Malherbe, for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900.
The roster of composers includes some of the household names in Polish music, such as Mieczysław Karłowicz, Emil Młynarski, Roman Statkowski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Józef Wieniawski, and Władysław Żeleński.
Discovered in the Paris Opera Library by Ewa Thalma-Davous, the collection has been prepared for publication and supplied with bibliographical notes by Polish musicologist Irena Poniatowska. The find is of great historical merit as most of the pieces in the collection have until today remained unknown to scholars. (mk/rg)