|1896 - 1963|
Of his many achievements, he founded the Poznan Philharmonic (1947-49) and the Poznan Musical spring, the latter which was one of the most important music festivals of the time.
Tadeusz studied piano under the tutelage of Vilem Kurz and then with Zdzislaw Jachimecki and A. Peter; and then studied composition with Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski. Szeligowski enrolled at the famous Jagiellonian University in Krakow, specializing in musicology and law, receiving his doctorate in 1922.
In Krakow he obtained employment as a repetiteur at the Kraków Opera House, a position which gave him the opportunity to become well versed with opera repertoires.
Between 1929 and 1931, he completed his studies in Paris and met many of his contemporaries such as Sergei Prokofiev, George Enesco, and Arthur Honegger. H e also studied composition with the renown Madame Nadia Boulanger and orchestration with Paul Dukas. (Incidentally, Madame Boulanger was a famous French composer whose students included American songwriter Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Wojcheck Kilar, Aaron Copland and so many more!)
In Paris, Tadeusz immersed himself in music, attending many concerts and studying the newest compositions created by Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc. He also attended many ballet productions, which featured magnificent performances by Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. (the latter was also Prime Minister of Poland during the pre-war years.) When he resided in Vilnius (Lithuania) working as a lawyer and lecturer at the Conservatory of Music, he met the famous composer Karol Szymanowski and was immediately enthralled by his music. Tadeusz also composed music for many theatrical productions at the famous Reduta Theatre.
In 1931 upon his return to Poland, he continued teaching music until 1939 after which he relocated to Lublin for a short while. World War II broke out on September 1, 1939. After the end of the war he worked for the State Higher School of Music in Poznan, and was appointed director of the National Opera Academy. He was also one of the organizers of the prestigious H. Wieniawski International Violin Competition. Between 1951 and 1962, Tadeusz worked for the faculty of the Fryderik Copin University of Music in Warsaw, followed by a position as director of the Polish Society of Composers.
Among many of the students who graduated from composition study included the likes of Zbigniew Bargielski, Augustyn Bloch, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Wojciech Lukaszewski, Tadeusz Wojciech Maklakiewicz, Boleslaw Ocias, Witold Rudzinski, Marek Sart, Aleksander Szeligowski and Antoni Szuniewicz.
Today Lvov is belongs to the Ukraine. But from the 15th century until the outbreak of World War II, the city was in Polish hands. Then, it was named Lwow, and was the most important jewel of Poland, a great cultural centre to which the major contributors were Polish and Jews, but also Germans, Ukrainians and Armenians. Lwow, then, as now (in Lviv) had an opera house, symphonic orchestra, conservatory of music and an elite music society. In the hub of this great musical atmosphere, Tadeusz acted as a social organizer, welcoming visiting musicians such as Felix Weingartner, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, who often performed their famous works.
Tadeusz Szeligowski died in Poznań on January 10, 1963. He is now buried in the Poznan Skalka crypt of Merit