Nowakowski, Joseph



Distinguished pianist and composer of Poland; born at Muiszck in 1805. He was educated in the monastery at Wonchak and then in the Warsaw Conservatory, studying under Eisner and Würfel. He made long concert tours through Germany, France and Italy and visited Paris at various times. He was a professor at the Alexander Institute, Warsaw. Over fifty of his compositions were published and he was considered by many to be the best composer in Poland at his time. His works are varied, including symphonies and overtures for orchestra, masses and other church-music, quintets for piano and strings, quartet for strings, polonaises, fantaisies, nocturnes, rondeaux and etudes for piano, and many songs. Nowakowski died in Warsaw in 1865.