Władysław Szpilman

Władysław Szpilman, photo from the 30's

Władysław Szpilman (* 5. December 1911 in Sosnowiec, Poland; † 6. July 2000 in Warsaw, Poland) was a pianist, a composer and a writer.

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Szpilman studied at the beginning of the 1930er years in Warsaw and Berlin piano. In Berlin Leonid Kreutzer and Artur bill informed it. It studied composition with Franz Schreker. Afterthe seizure of power of the Nazis it went 1933 back to Warsaw. It survived the Warsaw Ghetto during the German crew as an only member of its family by the assistance of the Jewish and Polish resistance and a German second lieutenant, it incovered for the last war days. Its parents and brothers and sisters were killed in the extermination camp Treblinka.


Szpilman visited the Warsaw Chopin school of music and the citizens of Berlin academy of the arts. After conclusion of its training as the composer and pianist he played together withthe Violinisten Bronislaw Gimpel; a co-operation, from which into the 1960er years the Warsaw Pianoquartett should come out.

Władysław Szpilman was a pianist with the Polish broadcast and played Chopin, when German troops Warsaw attacked and were interrupted the transmission. With, the Polish broadcast took its enterprise to the same piece, again easily of Szpilman after the Second World War .

Beside its pianist role Szpilman was characterised also as a composer. Above all its innumerable hit compositions of the 1950er and 1960er years are inPoland to today Evergreens and in the course of the successful filming of its life by novel Polański in new compositions available. 1961 created Szpilman in Sopot to today Schlagerfestival taking place in the summer, similarly the Grand Prix Eurovision de la chanson.

But its hit compositions are not only played also elsewhere in Poland and until today. Its classical works for piano and orchestra point large proximity to George Gershwin, which likewise created it, over the borders of u and E-musicto have outside success.

autobiography and filming

  • death of a city, 1945 (dt. Marvelous surviving - 1939-1945, 1998) in this
    book, given change of its son Andrzej, Szpilman tells Warsaw memories its life as a Jew in the years1939 to 1945, in particular its surviving in the Warsaw Ghetto.
    The book is in a the position to pass central on points of contemporary history of future generations clearly and without ideological over tones. It is a survival history, in apart from the courage of fellow men alsoCoincidence and luck a role play. A key scene forms the meeting between refugee and a armed forces officer (Wilm trousers field), who finally protect Szpilman.
  • The filming of Szpilmans autobiography as the pianist in the year 2001 by novel Polański is alsodue to Polańskis of own experience with the Ghetto interesting and several Oscars won. The book was not continued to shift in communist Poland after its Erstveröffentlichung (1946), there the description of the Polish homeland army dissolved by the communists not in the conception of the world at that timefit.

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