Karol Szymanowski is considered as a great successor of Chopin, the most significant composer from Poland. Szymanowski was a transitional composer who linked Chopin's romanticism and the twentieth-century composers in Poland. Karol Szymanowski's contribution to the piano genre, especially the mazurkas, is remarkable. His mazurkas were influenced by nationalism, Polish folk music, and twentieth-century music. However, Szymanowski also preserved elements of Chopin's mazurkas in his mazurkas. This study investigates how Szymanowski's mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 1–4, followed the elements of Chopin's mazurkas. This document is written to give piano performers a better understanding of Szymanowski's mazurkas by providing their origin, development, and an analysis of the first four mazurkas.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Chopin, Frederic, Poland|
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