Friday 23.5 at 6pm at Arkadia: Daydreams of paneuropanism – The Complete Mazurkas for Piano by Karol Szymanowski, Part 1, performed by Martin Malmgren

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘Daydreams of paneuropanism – The Complete Mazurkas for Piano by Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), Part 1’ by Martin Malmgren on Friday 23.5 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

On two consecutive Fridays (Part 2 : Friday 30.5 at 6pm), pianist Martin Malmgren performs and discusses the complete Mazurkas for piano by Karol Szymanowski.

The concerts will also include Mazurkas by Frederic Chopin, Roman Maciejewski, and Paavo Heininen.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

As the First World War came to an end, the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s musical language slowly started to transform in a new direction. With the discovery of the folk music of the Górale region in the south of Poland, Szymanowski became concerned with “crystallizing elements of tribal heritage” in his music. Among the peaks in his compositional output from this final period, we find his Mazurkas for piano, which incorporate the scales and melodies of Górale folk music with the highly eclectic, paneuropean musical style of Szymanowski. With so many new national border changes following WW1, Szymanowki’s plethora of influences seem to assert that if one digs deep enough, apparently different ‘national roots’ are found to be intertwined and that imposing boundaries cuts off essential sources of inspiration and limits the freedom of the artist. In addition to the Mazurkas by Szymanowski, pianist Martin Malmgren will also perform Mazurkas by Frederic Chopin, Roman Maciejewski and Paavo Heininen.