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date: 20 September 2019

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  • Barbara Zwolska-Stęszeweska

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(b Brody, Ukraine, Feb 22, 1912; d Wrocław, March 14, 1994). Polish composer. She began her musical education at the conservatory in Lwów and after World War II studied composition at the Wrocław State Higher School of Music, first with Szeligowski and then with Poradowski, graduating in 1956. She taught the piano, theory and composition for a time, but her main activity became composition, especially for the musical stage (ballets and musicals for children); she also composed incidental music for more than 50 plays. Her ability to characterize while using an accessible contemporary musical language ensured the popularity of her stage works among young people. Several of her works received prizes, including Gramy w zielone (‘We Play “Green”’; All-Polish Composers’ Competition, 1970); she also received national awards for her works for children, in 1974, and for Błękitny kot (‘The Blue Cat’), in 1983.

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