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Google Doodle is celebrating the 141st birthday of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski today with a special illustration. Szymanowski helped provide Poland its distinct musical identity after the country gained its independence shortly in 1918. 

In a blog post about Szymanowski, Google wrote, “He changed minds both on and off the conductor’s podium, whether it was about his music or identity. Perhaps his life’s forte was helping to establish a young country’s cultural identity amidst a changing world.Happy birthday, Karol Szymanowski!”

Early life: 

Born on October 3, 1882 in Ukraine’s Timoshovka, Szymanowski learned how to play guitar and guitar at an early age and then moved to Warsaw to learn harmony, counterpoint and composition in 1901. However, Szymanowski found the city’s taste to be too conservative for his liking. 

Szymanowski went on to co-found Young Polish Composers’ Publishing Company in 1905. This organization helped provide him with opportunities to perform his own works on stage in Berlin and Warsaw. 

The First World War, however, brought a halt to creative freedom in the country and Szymanowski went back to his home where he explored foreign sources like Mediterranean cultures or ancient Greek philosophy.

Life after World War I: 

The musical career of Szymanowki took an unexpected turn when he returned to Poland in 1919, a country that had recently found independence. During his stay, Szymanowki realized that Poland lacked its own musical identity and style, sparking a profound transformation in his music that polarized the listeners. 

The composer frequented Polish highlands frequently and drew inspiration from Podhale and Kurpie folk music. In terms of his personal life, Szymanowski was associated with people like Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, poet and dancer Borys Kochno, and actor Witold Conti. 


Szymanowski was awarded the National Prize for Music in 1935 and he even briefly served as the rector of Warsaw Conservatory while being an honorary member at many of the prominent music academies across the globe.


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Updated: 03 Oct 2023, 06:45 AM IST


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