Emil Mlynarski

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Born: July 18, 1870 Died: April 5, 1935
Country: Poland Period: Late Romantic
Though Polish, Emil Mlynarski was born in Lithuania. He studied violin with the great Leopold Auer, and was a composition student of both Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoly Lyadov. Mlynarski also mastered the art of conducting and served as the first conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting the premiere of Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger. He later became conductor of the Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow, filling that position from 1910 until 1916.

Mlynarski composed a substantial four movement symphony in late-Romantic style dedicated to his native Poland, titled Symphony in F major, Op. 14, "Polonia," as well as two violin concertos. The symphony and both concertos have been recorded. The Concerto No. 2 was recorded by both Konstanty Kulka and Nigel Kennedy and is a lovely, lyrical work.

Emil Mlynarski past-away in Warsaw at the relatively young age 64. His daughter Aniela (known also as Nelly) was married to Mieczyslaw Munz and later to pianist Arthur Rubinstein. Emil Mlynarski is also the grandfather of actor John Rubinstein and the great-grandfather of actor Michael Weston.

Mlynarski's music is well-crafted and at times intensely emotional. His orchestral works are well within the late-Romantic mode, somewhat reminiscent in mood and fastidious orchestration to the style of Korngold ro Chausson.

- Compiled from Muza Polskie Nagrania and Polish Wikipedia. Translated by Greg La Traille.
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