Wednesday 18.12 at 4pm: ‘The world of Karol Szymanowski, His life and works in words and music’ by Martin Malmgren, Emilia Karjunen, Elias Lassfolk, Julia Héeger and Annami Hylkilä.

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to The world of Karol Szymanowski, His life and works in words and music’ by pianist Martin Malmgren, violinists Emilia Karjunen and Elias Lassfolk, and sopranos Julia Héeger and Annami Hylkilä on Wednesday 18.12 at 4pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11).

The concert will include works all the way from the youthful late-romantic-sounding attempts by the 16-year old Szymanowski, through the masterly “Myths” for violin and piano, up until his final folkloristic period, during which he was heavily influenced by the folk music of the Tatra mountaineers in the south of Poland.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Karol Szymanowski

As the most vivid and enchanting composer to come out of Poland when the 20th century was still young, Szymanowski traveled far and wide in his life-time. He was closely associated with all of the leading Polish writers, poets and artists, as well as many of the most prominent European composers of the time. This, along with his extensive travels to France, Italy, North Africa, Greece etc, resulted in the creation of a highly personal musical style, with influences as diverse as French impressionism, Greek mythology, Persian poetry and, in his later years, Polish folk music.