KISIELEWSKI, Stefan (1911-1991)

Composer. Kisielewski was also a music critic and journalist (under the pen names Kisiel, Teodor Klon, Julia Hołyńska and Tomasz Staliński). He was also involved in political activities.

Stefan was the nephew of the satirist Jan August Kisielewski, co-founder of the Kraków literary cabaret Zielony Balonik [The Green Balloon], which performed at the Jama Michalika [Michalik’s Cave] café. From 1929 to 1931, Kisielewski studied Polish literature and philosophy at the University of Warszawa [Warsaw], and from 1934 to 1937 at the WarszawaConservatory (from which he graduated in music theory, composition and piano). The period 1938-39 he spent in Paris, where he continued his studies in composition under the direction of Nadia Boulanger, patron of the arts and promoter of neo-classical music (besides Kisielewski, her pupils included Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Spisak, Kazimierz Serocki, Zygmunt Krauze and Wawrzyniec Żuławski). During the time of the occupation, Kisielewski led underground musical activities in Poland, and during the Warsaw Uprising, he worked in radio.

He was a founder of Ruch Muzyczny [Musical Movement], one of Poland’s most popular music periodicals, and its Editor-in-Chief from 1945 to 1948.

Kisielewski’s works belong to the Polish neo-classical trend, and are distinguished by strict form, motility and musical humour, in which can be seen the influence of the works of Igor Stravinsky.

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