Universal Edition - Karol Szymanowski – Slopiewnie

Karol Szymanowski

Karol Szymanowski

Opus: op. 46b
Year of composition: 1921
Subtitle: 5 Gesänge
Scored for: for soprano and orchestra
Composer: Karol Szymanowski
Text Author: Julian Tuwim
Original Language: Polnisch
Translator: Rudolf Stephan Hoffmann; Zofia Grzybowska-Szymanowska
Soloists: soprano
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - pno, str
Instrumentation details:
clarinet in A (+cl in Bb)
horn in F
violin I
violin II
viola I
viola II
Table of Contents:
Grüne Lust
Der heilige Franziskus
Rotes Lied
Duration: 10′
Dedication: "A ma soeur Madame St. Korwin-Szymanowska"
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Slopiewnie, op. 46b

Work Introduction

Julian Tuwim’s atmospheric, almost secessionist poems inspired Karol Szymanowski to write an exquisite song cycle. The music is refined with wonderful, oriental-style melodic phrases, fragile and brilliantly chosen. The non-vibrato soprano voice itself – frequently accompanied by an instrument or a group of instruments in unison – has an almost instrument-like character. With Słopiewnie, Szymanowski created a unique and striking world that is a joy to explore.

Słopiewnie op. 46 at


  • Language: German; French; Polish
  • UE6968
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0681-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06469-2
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