On Monday 14 January, Poland, and the world of music, bade farewell to a titan of musicology and Chopin scholarship. On May 3, 2017, in recognition of his distinguished service for the development and dissemination of Polish musical culture, Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski received from the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda the oldest and highest state decoration of the Republic of Poland - the Order of the White Eagle. In the words of the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin, which he helped to establish:
"It is with regret that we relate the death of the eminent musicologist and Chopin scholar Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski, an expert on music theory, Beethoven’s creative idiom and a wide range of issues relating to song, an outstanding author, editor, publisher, teacher and master of several generations of scholars researching the music and legacy of Chopin.
His award-winning compendium Chopin: The Man, his Work and its Resonance, first published in Polish in 1998, representing the sum of the professor’s knowledge and reflections on issues relating to Chopin, soon entered the core canon of Chopin studies literature in Poland, before gradually, thanks to successive translations, winning over readers abroad and acquiring the status of fundamental and essential reading for all admirers of the brilliant composer.
Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski was one of the prime movers behind the creation of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC), a member of the Programme Committee since the Institute’s inception, and supported and participated in its academic work. His close links to the Institute led to the publication of his books and articles, his work on the academic committees of conferences organised by the NIFC – including the International Chopinological Congress in 2010 – and his participation in conference proceedings. Since 2016, the Professor was on the editorial committee of two periodicals launched by the Institute: the bi-annual Studia Chopinowskie and the annual Chopin Review.
Kind and objective, he brought an incredible amount to all our undertakings.
For more information on the Professor's life and works visit the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin website here: http://en.chopin.nifc.pl/chopin/persons/detail/id/3
There is also a touching tribute by Michael Moran on his website here: http://www.michael-moran.com/2019/01/poland-14th-january-2019-day-when.html
You can also watch a documentary on Prof. Tomaszewski from the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin