Jarecki Archive : Biographical Sketch

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Jarecki Archive : Biographical Sketches

Tadeusz Jarecki

Tadeusz Jarecki was a Polish-American composer and conductor who was an active promoter of Polish and Eastern European music. He emigrated to America from Poland and was naturalized in 1921. Between 1927 and 1931 he worked for the National Broadcasting Company as an orchestrator and occasional guest conductor for "The Composer's Hour." His own compositions were frequently broadcast on this program as well. After making a European concert tour in 1931, he accepted the position of Director of the Opera and Conservatory in Poland and remained there until 1937, when he and his wife fled just prior to the Nazi invasion. Between 1937 and 1946, Jarecki lived in Paris and London and championed the works of many contemporary Polish musicians. With the help of his wife, he formed an organization in London for Polish composers and performers and arranged for concerts and recitals of their music. While in Europe, he was guest conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Lemberg Philharmonic and Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Katowice Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra (for broadcast as well as recording), the Halle Orchestra, and the Scottish Orchestra. Upon returning to the United States in 1946, Jarecki began teaching at Columbia University in New York City.

Jarecki's compositions include symphonic, chamber, and choral works as well as songs and arrangements of other composer's materials. A review in the Morning Courier (Warsaw, Poland) of April 29, 1931 described his songs as "lyric" in character. Musicologist Dr. Jachimecki wrote in the late 1940's that he regarded him as "one of the most promising musical personalities of the younger generation, not only of national but of universal importance."

Louise Llewellyn Jarecki

Brought up in the American midwest and educated at the University of Kansas, Louise Llewellyn was a lover and student of folksong and folk art. She was a first rate musician and journalist who travelled to Paris to study music at the Schola Cantorum with Vincent D'Indy while at the same time working as a correspondent for "Musical America." She would later work on the staff of major Chicago newspapers as well as contribute to the New York Times, the New York World, the New York Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor, not to mention several magazines published in America and in Europe. She wrote many articles during World War II which chronicled the horrors she saw around her in Poland and Paris. Her many articles on Polish and French traditional arts and cultures have appeared in London and New York periodicals.

Mme. Jarecki studied singing with Marcella Sembrich in New York and performed twice at the White House for President Wilson. During her European tour, she appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras and sang with the Polish Opera. She gave numerous concerts in America and was the first to perform Slavic folksongs in their own vernacular. She had the reputation of being an expressive and eloquent interpreter of the young Polish composers, including Szymanowski, Morawski, and Jarecki.

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