STANISLAW BRZOZOWY (1901-1983) AS A CLASSIC AMONG FOLK SINGERS (Stanislaw Brzozowy (1901-1983) jako klasyk wsród spiewaków ludowych)
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S. Brzozowy was one of the best singers in Northeastern Poland (Kurpie region in Northern Masovia). His repertoire was recorded several times between 1952-1979 and qualities of his performance mark him as a model representative of the archaic vocal culture in Kurpie. He could sing all types of songs including those not characteristic of male singers (wedding songs). Singing was for him a way of life, all the more that he spent much time in forests ('Green Wilderness'). His artistic perception was highly integrated. He was inspired also by the visual elements of landscape and nature (a tree, an animal and so on). Brzozowy also composed songs, but this does not mean that he invented each song, but rather he 'put everything in order' in the chosen song, modifying it slightly. While singing, he was completely absorbed in proper performance. His role among folk singers could be described as 'classical', because the musical tradition and actual performance created a state of equilibrium and presented the most mature expression of the local culture, including all specific manners of singing, e.g. harmonic tones in the beginnings and ending of songs, ornaments and timbre of voice. An interview with Brzozowy revealed his aesthetic attitudes, a characteristic tenderness, a sense of humour and a deep attachment to his environs.
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