composer, teacher; b. 17th March 1925 in Polna near Gorlice, d. 16 May 1993 in Siemianowice. In 1955, he graduated from the Department of Theory Composition and Conducting at the State University of Music in Katowice in the class of Jan Gawlas.
In 1961, he began teaching, which he continued for 20 years, among others at the State University of Music in Katowice. For his educational work, he was awarded the 1982 Karol Szymanowski Prize in Katowice.
In the years 1965-1968 he worked as a music consultant at the television station in Katowice. He composed music for various television programmes, among them, U Bregułów na Zawodziu and Przy sobocie po robocie (entertainment programs provided for the occasion of Miner's Day with the participation of great artists such as: Alina Janowska, Halina Kunicka, Krystyna Sienkiewicz) and also programmes for the occasion of the Silesian Uprisings and others.
He received many awards, including Award of the Minister of Culture and Art – individual 3rd grade award for special achievements in the field of teaching and education (1972), Silver Cross of Merit (1975), Golden Cross of Merit (1977), Golden Badge of Merit in the development of the Katowice Province (1979), Knight's Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland (1987).
Joseph Podobiński belonged to the Polish Union of Authors and Composers since 1948 and to the Polish Composers' Union since 1962.
updated: 2019 (ac)
Composer's website: http://www.jozefpodobinski.com
The multi-talented composer found himself creating pieces for symphonic orchestra, instrumental symphonies, stage forms, small and large forms of vocal with instrumentals, and chamber music.
The composer often used jazz in his works. He was called "Polish Gershwin". The influence of this genre might be find in, among others, Jazz Symphony (1960), Symphony No. 2 (1964), Jazz Rhapsody (1968), Jazz Impressions for solo trombone and symphony orchestra or piano (1976), Quartetto in Blue for string quartet (1981).
Among the composer's stage works, two operettas are worth mentioning: Brilliant Butler (1970) and Sold Talent (1975).
Joseph Podobiński was associated throughout his life with Silesia, the region where he lived. Regional music played an important role in his creative output.