Zygmunt Noskowski (post card), Warszawa: Tow. art. wyd.„Gryf” (1912-1918) / public domain; source: Biblioteka Narodowa (Polona)

Zygmunt Noskowski

(2 May 1846 – 23 July 1909) composer, conductor, teacher and journalist, born in Warsaw, died in Warsaw. He initially studied with Jan Hornziel (violin) and later, between 1864 and 1867, at the Institute of Music (Instytut Muzyczny) in Warsaw with Apolinary Kątski (violin), Stanisław Moniuszko (harmony) and Francesco Ciaffei (singing). He continued his education on a scholarship from the Warsaw Musical Society with Friedrich Kiel (composition) and Richard Wüerst (instrumentation) in Berlin from 1872 to 1875. Before that, since 1867, Noskowski was a musician in the orchestra of the Teatr Wielki (Grand Theatre) in Warsaw, performed as a singer and a pianist, and taught at the Instytut dla Ociemniałych (Institute for the Deaf and Blind).

In 1870, he became a music correspondent for Kurier Warszawski (Warsaw Courier). He was also an active member of the Warsaw Musical Society. In November 1875, the Society organised a concert with his compositions. Zygmunt Noskowski directed the singing society Bodan in Konstanz between 1876 and 1880 and the Warsaw Musical Society between 1881 and 1902. He was also appointed as an opera conductor and second conductor at the Warsaw Philharmonics. Since 1886, he taught composition at the Institute of Music in Warsaw. Highly gifted as a teacher, he was responsible for the education of an entire generation of Polish composers during his 20 years’ career. His students included Henryk Melcer, Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Piotr Rytel, Apolinary Szeluto, Wacław Lachman, Stanisław Nawrot, Witold Frieman, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Karol Szymanowski, Ludomir Różycki and many others.

Noskowski also worked as a music critic and he lectured and gave presentations on topics related to music. He was a keen observer of the latest achievements in the development of contemporary music and absorbed the novel tendencies of technique and style with aplomb. His vigorous temperament and lively disposition did not allow him to settle for just one musical form; rather he tried his hand at a wide variety of genres and styles. He could compose music with admirable ease. Concerts entirely dedicated to his music were organised in Warsaw (from 1883 to 1900), Kraków and Lwów (present-day Lviv in the Republic of Ukraine). Some of his compositions are still regularly performed in concert halls.

 

Sourcewww.culture.pl, Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers’ Union, March 2002.

Chamber works

  • Burlesque for cello and piano, Op. 3 No. 2, before 1880 Buy

  • Caprice à la bourrée for violin and piano, Op. 24 No. 3, ca. 1885 Buy

  • Chanson / Dumka for violin and piano, Op. 22 No. 1, ca. 1885

  • Chanson ancienne for violin and piano, Op. 24 No. 1, ca. 1885 Download

  • Chanson moderne for violin and piano, Op. 24 No. 2, ca. 1885 Buy

  • Chansonette d’Ukraine for violin and piano, Op. 26 Buy

  • Consolation for piano four-hands, Op. 42 No. 4, ca. 1891 Download

  • Cradle song for violin and piano, Op. 11, before 1880 Download

  • Danse d’Ukraïne / Trepak for violin and piano, Op. 22 No. 2, ca. 1900

  • Dumka for small orchestra, ca. 1890

  • Elégie for piano four-hands, Op. 42 No. 3, ca. 1891 Download

  • Espérance for piano four-hands, Op. 42 No. 2, ca. 1891 Download

  • Fantaisie-Mazourka de concert for violin and piano, Op. 21 No. 2, before 1885 Buy

  • Fantazja góralska [Mountaineer's fantasy] for piano four-hands, Op. 17, 1885 Download

  • Humorous quartet "Każdy po swojemu” for 2 violins, viola and cello, after 1887

  • Krakowiaki for piano four-hands, Op. 25, ca. 1889 Buy

  • Krakowiaki for piano four-hands, Op. 7, 1878 – 1880 Download

  • Les Larmes for violin and piano, Op. 36 No. 1 Buy

  • Mazury for piano four-hands, Op. 38, ca. 1890 Buy

  • Méditation for piano four-hands, Op. 42 No. 1, ca. 1891 Download

  • Mélancolie for piano four-hands, Op. 42 No. 5, ca. 1891 Download

  • Mélodie for violin and piano, Op. 21 No. 1, before 1885 Download

  • Mélodie for violin and piano, Op. 3 No. 1, before 1880 Borrow

  • Mélodies ruthéniennes for piano four-hands, Op. 33, ca. 1890 Download

    Details:

    another title "Melodie ukraińskie"; book I- 1. Cantique et Kolomyjka, 2. Chanson, 3. Cantique varié, 4. Danse ruthenienne; book II- 5. Romance et chansonette, 6. Trepak, 7. Zadumka, 8. Danse rustique

  • Overture „Morskie Oko" for piano four-hands, Op. 19 Download

  • Piano quartet in D minor, Op. 8, before 1879 Download

  • Polish Suite for piano four-hands, Op. 28 Buy

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    No. 1 Polonaise, No. 2 Kujawiak, No. 3 Mazur, No. 4 Kujawiak

  • Polish Suite for piano four-hands, Op. 28 Buy

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    No. 5 Oberek, No. 6 Kujawiak, No. 7 Polonaise, No. 8 Mazur

  • Polonaise élégiaque for violin and piano, Op. 22 No. 3, ca. 1885 Download

  • Romance for small orchestra, ca. 1890

  • Solemn march for string orchestra and percussion instruments, 1881

  • Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, before 1875 Buy

  • String quartet No.1 in D minor, Op. 9, 1875 – 1880 Download

  • String quartet No.2 in E major, 1879 – 1883 Buy

  • Taniec cygański [Gypsy dance] and Kołomyjka [Ukrainian Dance] from theatre play „Chata za wsią" for piano four-hands, Op. 16 Download

  • Triomphale for piano four-hands, Op. 42 No. 6, ca. 1891 Download

  • Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Viotti for string quartet, 1873 Buy

  • “Fantasia” String quartet No.3 in E minor, before 1884 Buy

Piano works

  • 3 Cracoviennes, Op. 5, 1878 – 1879 Download

  • 3 Morceaux, Op. 22 Download

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    No. 1 Dumka, No. 2.Trepak, No. 3. Polonaise élégiaque

  • 3 Pieces, Op. 26, 1890 Download

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    No. 1. Krakowiak, No. 2. Chansonette d’Ukraïne, No. 3. Polonaise

  • Aquarelles, Op. 20, before 1888 Download

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    No. 1. Caprice, No. 2. Cantique d’amour, No. 3. Valse en miniature, No. 4. Impromptu, No. 5. Vogue la galère, No. 6. La gitana

  • Bluette Borrow

  • Causeries, Op. 32 No. 5, ca. 1890 Borrow

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    No.1 Nostalgie, No.2 Mazourka, No.3 Canzonetta, No.4 Barcarolle, No.5 Rondo (d’après une melodie villageoise)

  • Chanson ancienne, Op. 24 No. 1a Download

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    Details: another version for violin and piano

  • Chansons et danses cracoviennes, Op. 31, ca. 1890 Download

  • Conte d’hiver, Op. 35 No.1, ca. 1890 Download

  • Contes, Op. 37, ca. 1890 Download

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    No. 1. Moment lyrique, No. 2. Chant de berceau, No. 3. Mazourka ardente, No. 4. Chansonette d’hiver, No. 5. Caprice

  • Cracovienne mélancolique, Op. 23bis No.1, ca. 1888 Download

  • Cracoviennes, Op. 2, 1876 – 1877 Download

  • Cracoviennes, Op. 25 Download

    Details:

    the work also in version for piano four-hands

  • Deux mélodies, Op. 51, ca. 1900, No.1 Mélancolie (Zaduma), No.2 Barcarolle

  • Diversités, Op. 41, ca. 1890 Download

  • Duma, Op. 35 No.2, ca. 1890 Download

  • En pastel, Op. 30, ca. 1890 Download

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    No. 1 Au printemps, No. 2 Valse sentimentale, No. 3 Berceuse mélancolique

  • Feuille de trèfle, Op. 44, ca. 1893 Download

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    No. 1 Prélude mélancolique, No. 2 Scherzo, No. 3 Pensée fugitive

  • Fleurs de printemps, Op. 48, 1897 Download

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    No. 3 Rose

  • Fleurs de printemps, Op. 48, 1897 Download

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    No. 4 Marguerite

  • Fleurs de printemps, Op. 48, 1897 Download

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    No. 2 N’oubliez pas

  • Fleurs de printemps, Op. 48, 1897 Download

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    No. 1 Primevère

  • Gavotte Download

  • Hungarian dance fromTatra [Czardasz tatrzański] Borrow

  • Images, Op. 27, 1890 Download

    Details:

    Details: book I- 1. À l’improviste, 2. Picador, 3. Monologue; book II- 1. Cracovienne, 2. Idylle, 3. Zingaresca

  • Impressions, Op. 29, ca. 1890 Download

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    Details: 1. En automne, 2. Espiègle, 3. Dumka, 4. Cracovienne gracieuse

  • Krakowiak op. 26 nr 1 Download

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    opus 26 składa się z: Nr. 1 Krakowiak, Nr. 2 Chansonnette d’Ukraine, Nr 2a Chansonnette d’Ukraine na skrzypce i fortepian Nr 3 Polonez

  • Les primevères, Op. 47, 1894 Download

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    Details: 1. Valse, 2. Krakowiak, 3. Mazurek, 4. Polonaise de concert

  • Les primevères, Op. 47, 1894 Download

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    Details: 1. Valse, 2. Krakowiak, 3. Mazurek, 4. Polonaise de concert

  • Les primevères, Op. 47, 1894 Download

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    Details: 1. Valse, 2. Krakowiak, 3. Mazurek, 4. Polonaise de concert

  • Les sentiments, Op. 14, 1886 Download

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    Details: 1. L’inquiétude, 2. Consolation, 3. Résignation

  • Lullaby [Polnisches Wiegenlied], Op. 11 Download

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    Details: the work also in version for violin and piano

  • Mazourka, Op.23 bis No. 2, ca. 1888 Download

  • Moments de danse, Op. 40, ca. 1890 Download

    Details:

    Details: 1. Sicilienne, 2. Krakowiak, 3. Valse sérieuse, 4. Polonaise, 5. Danse d’Ukraïne, 6. Bolero

  • Moments de danse, Op. 40, ca. 1890 Download

    Details:

    Details: 1. Sicilienne, 2. Krakowiak, 3. Valse sérieuse, 4. Polonaise, 5. Danse d’Ukraïne, 6. Bolero

  • Moments mélodiques, Op. 36, ca. 1891 Download

  • Oberek, Op. 15 No. 2, ca. 1880 Download

  • Pensées lyriques, Op. 43, ca. 1893 Download

    Details:

    Details: 1. Mélodie méridionale, 2. Morceaux grotesque, 3. Nocturne, 4. Mazourka impromptu, 5. Danse cosaque

  • Perły polskie. Fantasy (…) waltzes on a theme of Polish national songs Download

  • Petit rayon, Op. 39, ca. 1890 Download

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    Details: 1. Rêverie, 2. Champêtre, 3. Polonaise melancolique, 4. Cantilène

  • Pieśni weselne ludu. Fantasy on a folk themes in easy arrangement, before 1900 Download

  • Polish suite, Op. 28, ca. 1880 Download

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    Details: 1. Polonaise, 2. Kujawiak, 3. Mazur, 4. Kujawiak, 5. Oberek, 6. Kujawiak 7. Polonaise, 8. Mazur

  • Polish suite, Op. 28, ca. 1880 Download

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    Details: 1. Polonaise, 2. Kujawiak, 3. Mazur, 4. Kujawiak, 5. Oberek, 6. Kujawiak 7. Polonaise, 8. Mazur

  • Polish suite, Op. 28, ca. 1880 Download

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    Details: 1. Polonaise, 2. Kujawiak, 3. Mazur, 4. Kujawiak, 5. Oberek, 6. Kujawiak 7. Polonaise, 8. Mazur

  • Polish suite, Op. 28, ca. 1880 Download

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    Details: 1. Polonaise, 2. Kujawiak, 3. Mazur, 4. Kujawiak, 5. Oberek, 6. Kujawiak 7. Polonaise, 8. Mazur

  • Polish suite, Op. 28, ca. 1880 Download

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    Details: 1. Polonaise, 2. Kujawiak, 3. Mazur, 4. Kujawiak, 5. Oberek, 6. Kujawiak 7. Polonaise, 8. Mazur

  • Polish suite, Op. 28, ca. 1880 Download

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    Details: 1. Polonaise, 2. Kujawiak, 3. Mazur, 4. Kujawiak, 5. Oberek, 6. Kujawiak 7. Polonaise, 8. Mazur

  • Polonaise op. 26 nr 3 Download

  • Quadrille caraceristique Download

  • Soldier's song after song by Stanisław Moniuszko Download

  • Stances, Op. 46, ca. 1893 Download

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    Details: 1. Sérénade vénitienne, 2. Impromptu à la valse, 3. Arioso, 4. Capriccietto 5. Chant d’amour

  • Szkice węglem, music novelette in easy arrangement, Op. 23, 1888 Download

  • Taniec cygański [Gypsy Dance] and Kołomyjka [Ukrainian Dance] from theatre play „Chata za wsią", Op. 16 Download

  • Taniec cygański i kołomyjka, op. 16 nr 1, Taniec cygański Download

  • Taniec cygański i kołomyjka, op. 16 nr 2, Kołomyjka Download

  • Two pieces, Op. 57, ca. 1900 Download

  • Valse dolente, Op. 35 No. 2, ca. 1890 Download

  • Variations in F minor on an own theme, ca. 1870

  • Zadumka, Op. 15 No. 1, ca. 1880 Download