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Biography

  • Born

    3 March 1854

  • Born In

    Zhytomyr, Zhytomyrs'ka Oblast', Ukraine

  • Died

    15 September 1885 (aged 31)

Juliusz Zarębski (3 March 1854 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine – 15 September 1885 in Zhytomyr) was a Polish composer and pianist, pupil of Franz Liszt.

In his works, Zarębski referred to Franz Liszt and Fryderyk Chopin. He created solo songs for Adam Mickiewicz and Włodzimierz Wolski writings.

Two years before his death he had to put an end to his career as a virtuoso as he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, throwing himself into teaching (he had been appointed professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 1880) and composing. It was in these last years that he composed his most striking music, working in such compositions as the five movements Les roses et les épines on the basis of a rather advanced harmony. Though he continued composing nearly exclusively for the piano, the summit of his output would be his 1885 cyclical Piano Quintet in G minor.

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