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Zbigniew Skowron

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Zbigniew Skowron — musicologist, Professor at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw. The centre of his interests is occupied by the history of modern-period musical thought, theory and aesthetics of music from 1945, the compositional and reflective output of Witold Lutosławski, and Chopin epistolography and biographical studies. His scholarship stay in the United States (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) resulted in the book New American Music (in Polish). He gave a cycle of lectures in Paris, London, and in Poitiers, which he devoted to new Polish and American music. His book The Musical Thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau filled an important gap in Polish knowledge of eighteenth-century intellectual culture.

As a Paul Sacher Foundation scholarhip recipient in Basel, Zbigniew Skowron led research on the heritage of Witold Lutosławski, preparing, among others, the publication of his Notes (in Polish). He published a collection of his dispersed writings on music, Witold Lutosławski: About Music. Writings and Statements (also in Polish). His editorial work included collections by various authors: the English-language Lutoslawski Studies, and the Polish Style and Aesthetics in the Music of Witold Lutosławski.

In a program, Zbigniew Skowron enticed the Polish Radio listeners: “To understand the music of Lutosławski, one has to become acquainted with his main ideas, the main principles of his compositional technique. It’s like learning a new language. One has to become familiar with the new sonic environment which Lutosławski creates. This may not be easy, but once we accustom ourselves, it is as if we were breathing a different atmosphere”.

In 2005, Zbigniew Skowron was honoured with the Witold Lutosławski Society Medal and elected as President of the medal’s chapter. On January 24, 2013, he was decorated with the Lutosławski Centennial Medal.

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