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Sir Twardowski

  • When

    26.11.2021 , 18:30

  • Where

    Opera Krakowska w Krakowie
    ul. Lubicz 48 31-512 Kraków

  • Language

    a performance without words

  • Style / Genre


One of the most popular works by Ludomir Różycki – only in the period of 1921-1929 it was staged as many as 300 times. Originally, the composer told the story of the legendary Polish sorcerer, using a symphonic poem, yet later he "translated" it into the language of ballet. The libretto was prepared by Różycki's wife Stefania (writing under the pseudonym of S. Ordon), on the basis of novel Master Twardowski by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. Nine ballet paintings illustrate successive scenes from the magician's life - from the first appearance of the devil in his atelier, through signing a pact, evoking the spirit of Barbara Radziwiłł or winning the love of an eastern princess, to the events in the Rzym (Rome) inn and, finally, landing on the moon. Certainly, Różycki bases his musical interpretations of these events on Polish folk and national dances, such as krakowiak, polonaise, oberek or highlanders’ dance; there are also references to dance music of other nations, such as czardas, waltz and stylised oriental dances.