Szeligowski, Tadeusz, notable Polish composer and pedagogue; b. Lemberg, Sept. 12, 1896; d. Poznan, Jan. 10, 1963. He studied piano with Kurz in Lemberg (1910-14) and composition with Wallek-Walewski in Krakow, where he also took a doctorate in law at the Univ.; after further studies with Boulenger in Paris (1929-31), he taught in Poznan (1932-39; 1947-62) and in Warsaw (1951-62). From 1951 to 1954 he served as president of the Polish Composers’ Union.
dramatic: Opera: Bunt Zaków (Rebellion of Clerks; Wroclaw, July 14, 1951); Krakatuk, after E.T.A. Hoffmann (1955; Gdansk, Dec. 30, 1956); Theodor gentleman (1960; Wroclaw, 1963). Ballet: Paw i dziewczyna (The Peacock and the Maiden; 1948; Wroclaw, Aug. 2, 1949); Mazeppa (1957; Warsaw, 1959). ORCH.: Kaziuki, suite (1928); Concerto for Orchestra (1932); Clarinet Concerto (1932); Epitaph for Kami Szymanowski for Strings (1937); Piano Concerto (1941; Krakow, May 17, 1946); Suita lubelska for Small Orch. (1945); Nocturne (1947); Burlesque Overture (1952). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1929, 1934); Nocturne for Cello and Piano (1945); Orientale for Cello and Piano (1945); Wind Quintet (1950); Flute Sonata (1953); Air grave et air gai for English Horn and Piano (1954); Piano Trio (1956). Piano: Sonatina (1940); Sonata (1949). VOCAL: Triptych for Soprano and Orch. (1946); Kantata o sporcie for Voice, Chorus, and Orch. (1947); Wesele lubelskie (Lublin Wedding), suite for Soprano, Chorus, and Small Orch. (1948); Rapsod for Soprano and Orch. (1949); Paniez i dziewczyna (The Young Squire and the Country Girl), musical dialogue for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (1949); Karta sere (The Charter of Hearts), cantata (1952); Renegade, ballad for Bass and Orch. (1953); songs.
T. S.: W 10 rocznice smierci (T. S.: On the 10thAnniversary of His Death; Gdansk, 1973).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire