Władysław Szpilman (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf ˈʂpʲilman]; 5 December 1911 – 6 July 2000) was a Polish pianist and classical composer of Jewish descent. Szpilman is widely known as the central figure in the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist, which was based on Szpilman's autobiographical account of how he survived the German occupation of Warsaw and the Holocaust.
Szpilman studied piano at music academies in Berlin and Warsaw. He became a popular performer on Polish radio and in concert. Confined within the Warsaw ghetto after the German invasion of Poland, Szpilman spent two years in hiding. Towards the end of his concealment, he was helped by a German officer who detested Nazi policies. After World War II, Szpilman resumed his career on Polish radio. Szpilman was also a prolific composer; his oeuvre included hundreds of songs and many orchestral pieces.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 5, 1911 (Sosnowiec), Died July 6, 2000 (Warsaw)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-031511||10-in.||1/17/1939||Niema szczescia bez milosci||Mieczyslaw Fogg||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Szpilman, Władysław," accessed February 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104068.
Szpilman, Władysław. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104068.
"Szpilman, Władysław." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 February 2023.
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