An important representative of "Young Poland", an early 20th Century movement that combined Polish nationalist impulses with modern European techniques. His style is romantic and melancholy in character, and has a strong individual stamp. Among his notable works are the Symphony in E minor ("Revival", 1902), a Violin Concerto (1902), the "Lithuanian Rhapsody" for orchestra (1906), and symphonic poems "Eternal Songs" (1906), "The Sorrowful Tale" (1908), and "Episode at a Masquerade" (1908). Karlowicz was born into a noble family in Wiszniewo, Poland (now Vishneva, Belarus), and initially trained as a violinist; later he studied composition in Warsaw (1894) and Berlin (1895 to 1901). In the early 1900s he was director and a chief financial supporter of the Polish Music Society, which promoted new musical trends. An active outdoorsman, Karlowicz died at 32 in an avalanche during an expedition in the Tatra Mountains. A memorial stone marks the place where his body was recovered. There is also a cenotaph for him at the Tatras Symbolic Cemetery, at the foot of Mount Ostrva in neighboring Slovakia, which honors those who perished in the mountain range.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards