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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern’s American Years

Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern’s American Years

(p.387) Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern’s American Years
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Sławomir Dobrzański

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the American career of Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern. It recalls the personality of Kassern as a forgotten composer and one of the most neglected Polish composers of the twentieth century. It also references Violetta Kostka's book Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern as the most substantial source of information about him. The chapter looks into Kassern's appointment as cultural attaché in the Polish consulate in New York in October 1945, of which the decision was based on his experience as a lawyer, familiarity with the Polish cultural milieu in Poland and abroad, and knowledge of several foreign languages. It recounts how Kassern organized shipments of printed music, books, musical instruments, and clothes and food to Poland as part of the Chopin Fund that was initiated by the pianist Artur Rubinstein.

Keywords:   Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer, Violetta Kostka, Chopin Fund, Artur Rubinstein

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