Personalities | Stanisław Moniuszko | Early Romantic | Classical

(Sta’-ne-slwaf Mon-yoosh’-ko) 1819–72
Polish composer

Moniuszko was the foremost composer of operas in nineteenth-century Poland, and his national importance is equivalent to that of Bedřich Smetana(1824–84) in the Czech lands and Glinka in Russia. He studied in Minsk (1830–37) and Berlin (1837–40) and began to write stage works in the mid-1840s. His opera Halka was staged in Warsaw in 1858 to great acclaim, and the work secured a reputation outside Poland. Moniuszko’s style incorporates traits of Italian opera and French opéra comique, with widespread use of Polish national dances (polonaise, mazurka, krakowiak, kujawiak). He was also the most important Polish song composer of his time, writing around 360 songs.

Recommended Recording:
Halka, soloists, Polish National Radio SO (cond) Jerzy Semkov (Chant du Monde)

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