“I’m Unavailable if Anyone Asks – Well, Unless Someone Calls!”. On the Late Style in the Works of Augustyn Bloch Cover Image
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„Nie ma mnie dla nikogo – no chyba, żeby ktoś zadzwonił!”. O stylu późnym w twórczości Augustyna Blocha
“I’m Unavailable if Anyone Asks – Well, Unless Someone Calls!”. On the Late Style in the Works of Augustyn Bloch

Author(s): Joanna Schiller-Rydzewska
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The author presents the perspective of the late style in the context of the life and artistic activity of the individual. Long-term, in-depth research in this area constitutes an excellent foundation for defining the characteristic features of the late style. The essence of the text lies in determining the idiomatic properties of the composing language used by Augustyn Bloch in his later works. This issue has been presented through the lens of general tendencies characteristic of the late style in the composer’s creative output, widely recognised and discussed in the literature on the subject. The motto of the article, taken from a quote by Bloch, accurately portrays the duality of the creative attitude which at the same time aims at isolating oneself and longs for the constant change and movement in life. These dilemmas are characteristic of Bloch’s later works. Moreover, it is possible to distinguish three primary phenomena which epitomise the aforementioned subject matter: first, the author draws from his own oeuvre and goes back to the roots of his works, i.e. organ and sacred music; second, the author transcends his own limitations, attempting to incorporate various outside elements in his works; third, the composer looks towards the future in his works, also in the sense of new contacts and phenomena from outside the sphere of music.

  • Page Range: 24-42
  • Page Count: 19
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish