Turski, Zbigniew, Polish composer; b. Konstan-cin, near Warsaw, July 28,1908; d. Warsaw, Jan. 7,1979. He was a student of Rytel (composition) and Bierdiajew (conducting) at the Warsaw Cons. From 1936 to 1939 he was music producer of the Polish Radio in Warsaw. In 1945-46 he was conductor of the Baltic Phil. in Gdansk. His compositions were in an advanced harmonic idiom.
dramatic: Rozmowki (Chats), micro-opera (1966); Tytania i osiol (Titania and the Donkey), ballet (1966); incidental music for the theater, films, and radio. ORCH.: 3 syms. (Sinfonia da camera,1947; Sinfonia Olimpica,1948; 1953); 2 violin concertos (1951, 1959); Little Overture (1955). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (n.d., 1951); piano pieces. VOCAL: L’Ombrefor Tenor, Chorus, and Percussion (1967); Canti de nativitate patriaefor Tenor, Bass, Chorus, and Orch. (1969); Regno Ejukorifor Bass and Orch. (Wroclaw, Sept. 2,1974); cantatas; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire