Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz - Magdalena Grzebałkowska

Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz - Magdalena Grzebałkowska

Translator's Note

Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz - Magdalena Grzebałkowska

Halina Maria Boniszewska [+-]
Halina Maria Boniszewska was born in the UK to Polish parents. She studied at the universities of London, Oxford and Warwick and has been an editor most of her life. She has translated (from Polish into English) a chapter from Ewa Winnicka's Angole which has appeared in A Tale of Two Londons: Stories from a Fractured City, ed. Claire Armitstead, (OR Books) and Krystian Brodacki's chapter on Polish Jazz in History of European Jazz (Equinox, 2018). In 2016 she translated a musical for International Catholic Youth Day in Krakow, based on the life and works of cleric and poet, Edmund Bojanowski. She is a former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London.


Komeda: A Private Life in Jazz is the biography of Krzysztof (Trzciński) Komeda (1931-1969), composer of no fewer than 40 soundtracks, including film scores to all of Roman Polański’s early films such as Knife in the Water and Rosemary’s Baby ; and a revered figure in the world of jazz, which regards his record, Astigmatic (released in 1966), as a key album in the history of European jazz. This biography of Komeda, originally published in Polish by Znak in 2018, is the first to be published in the English language and not only traces Komeda’s life, but also the development of Polish jazz during this period. It explores how this arose in large part out of a need for self-expression and personal freedom during a repressive period of Soviet communist dominance. The book is full of interviews between the biographer and people who worked with and knew Krzysztof Komeda personally, and, while thoroughly-grounded in primary sources, it is written in a playful, questioning, engaging style.

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Boniszewska, Halina Maria. Translator's Note. Komeda - A Private Life in Jazz. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. xiii Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799451. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42248. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42248. Oct 2020

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