Moniuszko, Stanisław (opera)
- Jim Samson
(b Ubiel, nr Minsk, May 5, 1819; d Warsaw, June 4, 1872). Polish composer. He was the leading Polish opera composer of the 19th century.
Born into the Polish middle gentry in Ubiel, a small village in the province of Minsk, he was brought into close contact with music and the other arts early in life. His father, Czesław, at one time an officer in Napoleon’s army, was a noted poet and painter, and his mother, Elżbieta, a talented amateur pianist who gave the composer his earliest piano lessons at the age of four. In ...