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Mieczyslaw Kolinski

DR. MIECZYSLAW KOLINSKI (1901-1981) was born in Poland and educated in Germany, received his doctorate at the University of Berlin, and taught there and in Prague before being forced into hiding in Belgium by the Nazi persecutions. Following World War II, he emigrated to the United States, where he was active in such varied fields as music therapy and music editing, as well as in folk music transcription and research. He was founding president of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Dr. Kolinski's work has centered on the establishment of broad theories for the comparison of melodic and rhythmic types among musical examples from various cultures. He wrote articles applying his theories to special repertories including Iroquois and French Canadian, as well as the myriad variants of the tune "Barbara Allen" from the British Isles. At the same time, he remained active as a composer. His commissioned work, Encounterpoint for organ and string quartet, was premiered during the concerts which celebrated the inauguration of the new organ in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, in 1973.

When the Society for Ethnomusicology held its annual meetings at the University in 1972, Dr. Kolinski received special tribute from his colleagues in both the United States and Canada, for his long service to the discipline.

In 1979 Kolinski was named scholar emeritus by the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto following ten years' activity in building the Faculty's undergraduate and graduate programmes in ethnomusicology. Dr. Kolinski was an internationally eminent ethnomusicologist, music theorist and composer.



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