View Poll Results: Do You Enjoy Listening To Karol Szymanowski's Music?

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  • Yes, KR's music is very enjoyable

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  • Yes, KR's music is somewhat enjoyable

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  • No, KR's music is not enjoyable from what I have experienced

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Thread: Do You Enjoy Listening To Karol Szymanowski's Music?

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    Today I listened to Karol Szymanowski's music for the first time in its entire, King Roger (opera in three acts).

    I found the opera accessible, rooted in the rich traditions of late Romantic opera. It was completed by 1926 and premiered then.

    I think KR was a very capable composer and more of his music should be explored as a good introduction to 20th century music from its first decades.

    Do you have an opinion/thoughts?



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    I voted the second option, that Szymanowski's music is somewhat enjoyable on first hearing given it is a 20th century opera with rich harmonics rooted in late Romanticism.

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    I like him when I hear him. I don´t know is Krol Roger is accessible.

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    I like the Mythes (for piano and violin) a lot. And Métopes (solo piano).

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    One of my favourite composers. I really like his sort of cross between modernism, romanticism and impressionism. I haven't seen all of King Roger yet but I got the impression that it is more accessible than his other music.

    Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50 (No. 1, 2, 3 & 6)

    Pieśni księżniczki z baśni Op. 31 for Piano and soprano

    Janine Jansen - Szymanowski: Mythes

    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Symphony No.3 "Song of Night"

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    I don't listen to it all that often but I do like Szymanowski's music in general, especially the middle and later piano works, Stabat Mater, the two string quartets and the orchestral settings of the two 'Islamic' song cycles.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I love the orchestral songs, I enjoy his symphonies and chamber music too, I mean the string quartets. I haven't listened the piano music attentively yet, but I can say that Szymanowski's music is quite enjoyable to my ears.

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    I do like his music, the Violin Concerto 1 and Harnasie are stand out works for me but over-all I prefer the music of Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Ives, Albeniz, Falla, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Mahler, Nielsen, Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, Britten, Poulenc, Villa-Lobos, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov and possibly others I'm forgetting - I just really like a lot of the music from this era so when I want to listen to something early 20th century he generally doesn't get much playing time.
    Last edited by tdc; Aug-14-2015 at 14:42.

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    I dig Szymanowski. His ballet, violin concertos, string quartets, piano symphony, stabat mater, and the solo piano I've heard.

    From what I've read, the better piano performances are on the 4 CD set by the Korean female pianist.

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    I have known of him for decades, but I have only skimmed by his music when others put it on. I have no idea what it sounds like. I'm going to have to give it a try

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    Are you going to keep redefining all of the modernist music you enjoy as "Late Romantic"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    Are you going to keep redefining all of the modernist music you enjoy as "Late Romantic"?
    If ArtMusic is very young, as many of us suspect, I could see this continuing until he's happily listening to Stockhausen. In fact I predict that is what will happen.

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    I do enjoy it, I consider him "first league" composer whose individuality and talents are enough to put him among biggest names of XXth century music. I have spent a fair amount of time exploring his works (and all kinds of related stuff), so in case of any questions regarding recordings etc., I'd be glad to help.

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    Yes, I've enjoyed what I've heard I've liked a lot (chamber music and songs so far). To my ears his work is pretty modernist, though. Is 'King Roger' less so? - I don't know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    Are you going to keep redefining all of the modernist music you enjoy as "Late Romantic"?
    I'm fairly familiar with his music and never thought of him as a modernist composer. Please give me some insight as to why you consider him a modernist.

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