JÓZEF HOFMANN - THE STATE OF RESEARCH IN POLAND AND POLISH BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS ABOUT HOFMANN FOR THE YEARS 1957-2003
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Józef Kazimierz Hofmann (1876-1957), the famous Polish pianist, teacher, composer and inventor, was one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He spent most of his life in the United States. He gave concerts, composed, taught, and was also Director of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The first articles and press notes about Józef Hofmann were published in 1957 by Stefan Litauer in 'Zycie Warszawy', Józef Kanski in 'Trybuna Ludu' and Michal Kondracki in 'Ruch Muzyczny'. During 1961 and 1962 a number of commemorative articles about Hofmann appeared on the fifth anniversary of his death: there was an article by Abram Chasins in 'Poradnik Muzyczny' and one by Józef Kanski and Jan Sierpinski in 'Ruch Muzyczny'. Of decisive importance in popularising the performances of Józef Hofmann were the publications and radio programmes of Jan Weber. They influenced many of those who in later years wrote much about Hoffman, among them Krystyna Juszynska, Piotr Wierzbicki, Jan Zdzarski; others who wrote about him included Malgorzata Komorowska, Wojciech Jedrzejczak, Roman Jasinski, Wojciech Matuszewski, Józef Kanski, Maciej Grzybowski, Stanislaw Dybowski, Piotr Lachert. 1970 saw the first scholarly study of Hofmann as a pianist and a teacher by Halina Peszko-Kusiewicz. One should also mention here the academic theses written about Hofmann, and a book about him published in 2002 by Jan Zdzarski, in which the author describes Hofmann's early years. The final years of the last century saw the establishment of two organisations devoted to popularising Hoffman and his achievements as a pianist. One of them is the Józef Hofmann Foundation, established in 1990 with the aim of disseminating and popularising Hofmann's legacy, which organises courses, festivals and bursaries for young pianists; the other is the Józef Hofmann Society in Wrocław, established in 1997, which organises lectures, concerts and piano courses for young people, as well as being involved in publishing.
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