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Tadeusz Sygietyński

Tadeusz Sygietynski was born on the 24th of September, 1896 in Warsaw. "I grew up - he wrote in his  biography - surrounded by the finest writers, painters, musicians and scholars of the time. Scientifically, the house was filled with positivism, prominent focus on ethnography, folklore and humanities.
           Since childhood, he showed outstanding musical abilities. He began to compose at the age of 11. He attended a music school in Lviv, where his family moved. The difficult financial situation forced him to work. And so, at fourteen, he was a tutor at the  Lviv Conservatory in Opera and Symphonic Conducting.
           In 1911 he returned to Warsaw and attended lessons  at the Institute of Music, where he was taught by outstanding teachers: Henry Melcer, and Zygmunt Noskowski. He continued his studies in Leipzig and Vienna, learning from the best: Max Reger, Hugo Riemann and Arnold Schoenberg.
           In 1913, his first song was made public. It was the "Cantata for the hundredth anniversary of the death of Prince Józef Poniatowski."
             In the twenties he conducted the opera teams in the Gratz, Zagreb and Ljubljana. At that time, he also contributed to the creation a Philharmonic in Dubrovnik, which still operates today.
           After returning to Warsaw (1926), he worked with the Polish Radio (as a musical director and author of popular plays), theaters (as a conductor and composer) such as: Merry Evening, Variety Theatre, Qui Pro Quo, Summer Theatre, Ali –Baba for many years. He was also the conductor of the theaters in Lvov, Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw.
           During World War II, he composed and accompanied for Mira Ziminska-Sygietyńska during her concerts. Then he  came up with the idea of founding a folk group, which, as it turned out, was to become his s creative and artistic fulfillment. He was constantly preparing for this by collecting and developing songs and folk songs as well as looking for talented young people.
           He was an outstanding composer and arranger, a great teacher and authority, but above all, a great man, full of warmth, modesty and sensitivity. He composed folk songs, 20 dances (the best known are: "Three Polish Dances for Orchestra" and "Oberek for Orchestra"), 28 stage songs, the opera-ballet "The Inn at the Crossroads", "Sketches manager" and piano concert "Capriccio" .
           He died on the 19th of May,1955 in Warsaw.

        "We know - something simple - the extent to which folk art inspired Chopin. But Tadeusz Sygietynski discovered for us the true beauty of folk songs and showed it a wealth of art, created with the "Mazowsze" an instrument which brought out from the song their tons of previously unknown, and for ordinary students - unexpected. His heart and ear of Mickiewicz was able to hear that no rumps do not play so well as Polish. Heart and ear municipal songs brought out the hidden treasures of folk musical genius. In his masterly hands, the diamond after the preparation took a shining light. "- Jan Brzechwa

"The surname "Sygietynski", closely related to the" Mazowsze ", has become a symbol of this team. His songs was sung by people on several continents. Millions of listeners are opened hearts to the beauty of Polish folklore, taught him to love, understand and appreciate." – Andrzej Wróblewski

        "When" Mazowsze "emigrated abroad, the greatest masters of the world, the most prominent critics marveled by his great work of music "Sygietynski".  During a recent visit to Paris, Artur Rubinstein came several times to provide" Mazowsze "and spoke of the great work of art, which created Tadeusz Sygietynski. " - Karolina Beylin,     

        "Mazowsze" - Sygietynski. Those two words are enough to fulfill the largest halls and theaters in the open. Hundreds of thousands of students took joyful or melancholy, brooding joy or full songs, in which the genius of our people and a great talent as a composer have given the hand and gave a great artistic effect." - Grzegorz Kuryluk,

        "He was the epitome of frenzied youth. Eternally active, never resting, blown up creative anxiety. (...)" - Grzegorz Ficowski,
"And what it was at the same time modest and charming man, is a little bent, thin, nervous artist. Had every interest in his own court-trained and able to defend it. Not satisfied with what has already been achieved, but still strive for something new look, he tried to. "- Roman Szydłowski.


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Tadeusz Sygietyński Tadeusz Sygietynski was born on the 24th of September, 1896 in Warsaw. "I grew up - he wrote in his  biography - surrounded by the finest writers, painters, musicians and scholars of the time. Scientifically, the house was filled with positivism, prominent focus on ethnography, folklore and humanities.

Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska

Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska (Marianna maiden name Burzyńska) was born on February 22, 1901, in Płock. She was only eighteen months old when she appeared on a theater stage for the first time. Her parents,  the employees of the Urban Theatre in Płock, "lent"  her to the Ukrainian drama troupe which arrived for guest performances and needed a crying baby. 

She insisted on being called Mira - just like the princess from one of her favorite books. She grew up in the theater, dreaming of an acting career.
When she was seven, she played the role of Stasia in Gabriela Zapolska’s “Their four”, than she was cast for other children’s roles, among others in “Dziady”  and “The Wedding”. When she turned seventeen, she signed her first professional contract.  . During that year, she played only in vaudevilles and comedies. She moved to Radom. It was there, in Polish Theatre, where one of the owners of the Warsaw-based theatre “Qui Pro Quo” the most popular polish cabaret  of the interwar years,  noticed her. 

She perfected  acting, vocal and dance skills. The turning point in her career was the show “Hallo aunt!” , in which she was the master of ceremony. The audience loved her witty jokes, verve and charm. In the second half of the 1920s, she developed her artistic skills by enriching her repertoire with comedies, grotesque and parodies. She also promoted a lot of hit songs, for example: “Pokoik na Hożej”, ”Taka mała”, “We dwoje”  “Nikt tylko ty”, which came from the desks of Tuwim and Hemar.

She was able to make small theatre performances out of them.  Her versatility was amazing. She was a succesfull movie and theatre actress. She also edited the satirical column “Duby smalone” in “Kurier Poranny”. She was famous for her Bohemian lifestyle and extravagance, she was friends with  the literary group “Skamandryci” and she also posed nude for Witkacy.  

That was her.

However,  she desired something more. Soon she was to be seen on the Warsaw stages in “Moralność pani Dulskiej”, “Panna Maliczewska”, “W małym domku” and “Chory z urojenia” among the others. It was not long before she gained acclaim among the reviewers and audience.  

As a movie actress,  she debuted still in the era of silent cinema. Comedy roles were her specialty as she starred in: “Papa się żeni”, “Manewry miłosne” – among the others. After the war she wanted to return to the cabaret and acting. However, her life partner, folklore lover and composer - Tadeusz Sygietyński; asked her for help in establishing   the folk ensemble. That is how in 1948 “Mazowsze” was founded. 

After the death of Tadeusz  in 1955, she took over manager’s duties of ensemble. “Mazowsze” became the second - after cabaret - love of her life, as she mentions  in one of her books. She never lost her energy, passion for work and humor up to the last day. Being completely devoted to the ensemble, she did not want to even hear about retirement (she had 2430 days of unused leave).

Her artistic success was confirmed by  numerous  orders and awards. One of the last was  the Order of the White Eagle and the honorable title of “The Woman of the Century” awarded for the first time by Polish Radio.

She died on January 26, 1997 in Warsaw.

”You need to love what you do, otherwise the life loses its meaning" – she repeated stubbornly. She was one of those  born with a silver spoon in their mouth – gifted with an  outstanding talent, powerful personality, remarkable intelligence, creative passion and persistence in achieving an intended goal. This goal regulating the course of her long life was art”. – Bogusław Kaczyński.

”She was an important figure because she influenced everything with her personality. She was feisty and very demanding, yet she always knew what she wanted and ”Finally – we saw a polish folk dance – not in the raw, primitive form – but in the fine styling, highlighting essential features of Polish dance and folk song: their perkiness, humor, reflection and poetic charm, which inspired the mazurkas of Chopin and ballads of Mickiewicz”. – Leon Schiller

She managed  the ensemble to the last moment. She traveled with it almost all around the world, giving nearly 3 thousand performances abroad.  She was not only the big star of cabaret, singer and actress but also “The lady in Mazowsze” – as she was called. She was extremely hardworking, ambitious, demanding and had high expectations of herself and of others.. There was nothing she couldn’t do. – Witold Sadowy




 


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“Mazowsze” - History

“Mazowsze” - History

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.


Awards and  decorations

Awards and decorations of the TADEUSZ SYGIETYŃSKI STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE „MAZOWSZE”
•    State Award I degree - 07.22.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 01.15.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 07.22.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 04.12.1958


Costumes

The most surprising thing about Polish folk costumes are their diversity. “Mazowsze” has worked out 42 ethnographic regions, and in one concert (depending on its character) we can admire about 20 of them.


Reviews

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”
“There is nothing more magnificent than “Mazowsze”. The Polish folk group has now begun its American tour. This is the eighth time since its establishment in 1948. There was a wonderfully rich and heart-warming performance on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Center for artists of Brooklyn’s school".



 

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Founders

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Tadeusz Sygietyński

Tadeusz Sygietynski was born on the 24th of September, 1896 in Warsaw. "I grew up - he wrote in his  biography - surrounded by the finest writers, painters, musicians and scholars of the time. Scientifically, the house was filled with positivism, prominent focus on ethnography, folklore and humanities.


Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska

Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska (Marianna maiden name Burzyńska) was born on February 22, 1901, in Płock. She was only eighteen months old when she appeared on a theater stage for the first time. Her parents,  the employees of the Urban Theatre in Płock, "lent"  her to the Ukrainian drama troupe which arrived for guest performances and needed a crying baby. 

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ECM

ECM  - The European Center “Mazowsze”   

With funds provided by the Mazowsze Voivodeship and significant support from the European Regional Development Fund, the ECM was established to provide an exceptional multi-purpose facility that offers outstanding utilitarian and aesthetic values reliant on modern technology.
Thus, the ECM allows the realization of interesting and large-scale artistic and cultural endeavors, along with educational and training conferences.

Performance hall

The Performance and Education Hall is the main object at Mazowsze’s headquarters.

The auditorium can accommodate up to 540 people. The stage is almost 350 m2, the two side pockets being 100 m2 each. The Hall is 13 meters high. Artists have comfortable dressing rooms for 100 people at their disposal.

Ye Old Polish Inn

An important object of the Mazowsze’s Folklore Center is Ye Old Polish Inn, which can accommodate up to 80 people in a room on the ground floor with a terrace of 50 seats and an additional 30 seats at the uppermost level.
 

Accommodation facilities

At the Inn’s neighboring roadhouse are 3-star accommodation facilities. Three suites, 12 single rooms and 40 double rooms are available to our guests.

 

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Awards and decorations

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"Mazowsze" - history

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.
 

Awards and  decorations

Awards and decorations of the TADEUSZ SYGIETYŃSKI STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE „MAZOWSZE”
•    State Award I degree - 07.22.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 01.15.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 07.22.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 04.12.1958 

 

Costumes

The most surprising thing about Polish folk costumes are their diversity. “Mazowsze” has worked out 42 ethnographic regions, and in one concert (depending on its character) we can admire about 20 of them. They differ not only in origin, but also the colours, the variety of ornaments and materials from which they are made.

 

Reviews

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”

“There is nothing more magnificent than “Masovia”. The Polish folk group has now begun its American tour. This is the eighth time since its establishment in 1948. There was a wonderfully rich and heart-warming performance on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Center for artists of Brooklyn’s school".

 

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Costumes

“Mazowsze” - History

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.


Awards and  decorations

Awards and decorations of the TADEUSZ SYGIETYŃSKI STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE „MAZOWSZE”
•    State Award I degree - 22.07.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 15.01.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 22.07.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 12/04/1958
 

Costumes

The most surprising thing about Polish folk costumes are their diversity. “Mazowsze” has worked out 42 ethnographic regions, and in one concert (depending on its character) we can admire about 20 of them. They differ not only in origin, but also the colours, the variety of ornaments and materials from which they are made.

 

Reviews

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”
“There is nothing more magnificent than “Mazowsze”. The Polish folk group has now begun its American tour. This is the eighth time since its establishment in 1948. There was a wonderfully rich and heart-warming performance on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Center for artists of Brooklyn’s school".



 

read more

Reviews

“Mazowsze” - History

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.


Awards and  decorations

Awards and decorations of the TADEUSZ SYGIETYŃSKI STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE „MAZOWSZE”
•    State Award I degree - 22.07.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 15.01.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 22.07.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 12/04/1958
 

Costumes

The most surprising thing about Polish folk costumes are their diversity. “Mazowsze” has worked out 42 ethnographic regions, and in one concert (depending on its character) we can admire about 20 of them. They differ not only in origin, but also the colours, the variety of ornaments and materials from which they are made.


Reviews

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”
“There is nothing more magnificent than “Mazowsze”. The Polish folk group has now begun its American tour. This is the eighth time since its establishment in 1948. There was a wonderfully rich and heart-warming performance on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Center for artists of Brooklyn’s school".



 

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STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE

ENSEMBLE “MAZOWSZE”

Świerkowa 2 Street,

05-805 Otrębusy, Brwinów Community,

Masovia Viovodeship, Poland 

tel. +48 22208 88 88

fax. +48 22 208 88 00  

 

Zespół finansowany jest ze środków Samorządu Województwa Mazowieckiego