Musicologist Tadeusz Haas, a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, has died on 19 March 2020.
In the 1970s, he was a vice-director of the Polish Radio and Television Committee, specialising in Polish music recordings. He was teaching music literature at the Warsaw Academy of Music.
As his student, pianist Ignacy Lisiecki, recalls: "It was Professor Haas who convinced Halina Czerny-Stefańska to record many of Chopin's works, although the artist did not like the studio microphone after paricipating in the Chopin Competition (according to the Professor). Wonderful recordings of Richter' recitals with the music of Skriabin and Szymanowski (including 2nd Piano Sonata and Myths with Oleg Kagan) at the National Philharmonic in 1972 and at the Warsaw Academy of Music in 1982, it was also the initiative of the Professor who was able to persuade Richter who valued him as a friend...
The Professor of the old date took students seriously and expected the same – active participation in classes. As I remember, no one dared to skip lectures for a trivial reason. Who wanted to know more, came to additional classes at the academy, or used the extensive archive of recordings courtesy of the Professor – also at his home at Akademicka Street. The Professor who "opened the ears" of his students to archival recordings of Hofmann, Rachmaninoff, Paderewski, and Friedman. The Professor who valued his outstanding students – he always spoke warmly, among others, about Piotr Anderszewski. One of the Professor's thoughts will be probably remembered by his students forever: you must not waste your talent! A great loss for the community of pianists graduating from the Warsaw Academy ... "