Stojowski Chant d’Amour Jonathan Plowright

Zygmunt Stojowski’s celebrated “Love Song” was one of the pieces on a progamme of Polish Romantic piano music performed by British virtuoso Jonathan Plowright in National Gallery of Ireland, in celebration of Polish Independence Day, on 11th November 2007. Polish Romantic pianist and composer Zygmunt (Sigismond) Stojowski was born in 1870 in Kielce, Poland. Although he studied at the Paris Conservatoire, he counted his compatriot Ignacy Jan Paderewski as his strongest musical influence. In 1905 Stojowski emigrated to New York, where he taught at what became the Julliard School. He was celebrated in the United States as a great composer, teacher and performer. Musicologist Joe Herter, Stojowski’s biographer, writes: “Stojowskis Love Song, the third miniature from the Four Pieces for Piano, was the composers claim to fame during his lifetime. Upon arriving in the United States in October 1905, Stojowski headed the piano department at the new Institute of Musical Art in New York. He had been in the United States for less than two years when his teacher and mentor Ignacy Jan Paderewski included Chant damour on his 1907-08 concert tour of the United States. Thanks to Paderewski, who performed it more than 50 times throughout the country, Stojowski became well known throughout American musical circles. Prior to a gramophone recording of the piece which Paderewski made in 1926 for Victor Records, there had been several piano-roll recordings, including ones made by Rudolph Ganz