The Archive and Library of Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society collects, compiles and makes publicly available materials and information related to the person of Henryk Wieniawski, his life, work and artistic activity, as well as the broadly understood musical culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. Extensive archival and library research and surveys (France, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine and the USA) make it possible to carry out scholarly, source and editorial work within Henryk Wieniawski Collected Works – international publication project, as well as to organize international musicological conferences (until now we have organised three editions). Archival work is a lasting and inherent element of the Society’s operation. Initiated by Edmund Grabkowski, it has been uninterruptedly continued for several years.
Special thanks to Peter Rennie for sending us precious archival materials as well as for his help in running search queries in Great Britain.
The Archive-Library collection consists of:
1. 19th and 20th century Henryk and Joseph Wieniawski's music publications (incl. first editions, compositions published during their lifetimes as well as posthumous releases)
2. 20th century editions of musical works by Polish composers (only violin literature):
Adam Andrzejowski, Jan Astriab, Grażyna Bacewicz, Jerzy Bauer, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Zdzisław Jahnke, Feliks Janiewicz, Aleksander Jarzębski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Eugeniusz Knapik, Karol Lipiński, Witold Lutosławski, Artur Malawski, Emil Młynarski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Stefan Bolesław Poradowski, Bronisław Przybylski, Roman Statkowski, Antoni Szałowski, Bonifacy Szałowski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Karol Szymanowski, Michał Spisak, Juliusz Zarębski, Aleksander Zarzycki.
Materials documenting the composer’s (and his brother Joseph's) life and work:
1. originals and duplicates of concert posters, newspaper clippings
2. quotations and extracts from press publications
3. biographical evidence: correspondence and documentation of the Wieniawski family
The sound library collection comprises:
1. analog and digital records (CDs, DVDs)
2. magnetic tapes (reels and cassettes)
3. video cassettes
An important part of the Archive is documentation related to instrumental contests:
1. National instrumental competitions
2. International Competitions: the violin, violin-making and composers competitions
Books and periodicals
The collection is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 09:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and is available exclusively on-site by prior telephone or e-mail appointment with the Archive custodian.