Letters received for 100 anniversary of
the birth of prof. Tadeusz Wroński

At 100 years it is important to contemplate the influence of Tadeusz Wronski on so many violinists/musicians.  It was my good fortune to become his student at the Indiana University School of Music in 1975. In retrospect I realize that Mr. Wronski knew how my future would unfold before I did and he gently guided me into this future.  What he taught me became the foundation of my own teaching and not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this knowledge.  His wisdom, sensitivity and devotion to all of his students planted the seeds of violin artistry that continue to grow throughout the world.
 
Mimi Zweig
Professor of Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University, Bloomington
 
To whom it may concern:
It is an honor for me to write this letter in commemoration of the one hundredth birthday of Tadeusz Wronski, internationally known as a brilliant violinist, distinguished teacher, and world-famous musician.  It was my pleasure to appoint Mr. Wronski to the faculty of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, a position he held with great distinction until his retirement.  In addition to his outstanding playing and teaching, Professor Wronski published several books dealing with violin playing and the art of teaching.  His investigations into the acoustical, technological, physiological and psychological problems of violin playing, and the publication of this research have provided generations of students important knowledge to solve immense problems rationally and effectively.
 
I believe that his credo can be summed up in the following statement that comes from his book, “Things We Don’t Have Time To Discuss In Class”.  “We must require from our pupils the aspiration to an ideal which perhaps can never be attained.  If we lose this aspiration we are also in danger of losing our humanity, culture, and all those things for which it is worth living and making an effort.”   Scores of his students are in positions of major importance in the music world, and the inspiration that he gave them while studying with him will remain with those musicians all their lives.  It was a blessing to know Tadeusz as a friend and colleague, and during the next 100 years his influence will continue to be felt throughout the world of culture.    
  
 
Professor Charls Webb
Dean emeritus Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University, Bloomington
 
In my tenure as a member of the School of Music Faculty, at Indiana University, I had enjoyed working and interacting with many outstanding artists,who were not only outstanding teachers, but also unusual intellects. Even in that congregation of brilliant individuals, there were those who were very unusual intellects. One such was Tadeuz Wronski, from Poland, who was with us for too short a time.
 
I had the privilege of having him as a friend, with whom spending hours meant fascinating discussions not only about the process of teaching but also the unusual aspects of life itself. I found our philosophy of teaching and life had much in common, but one could not know Wronski and not learn. His little wooden figure of man with all hinged limbs was so simple a means of portraying positive physical human behavior. Simple but ingenious, it allowed conveying the most efficient and proper use of physical self. It was for me, the key to re-examining one’s teaching of physical behavior on string instruments as being positive or negative. It was a simple vehicle that could confirm or correct what we teach or play being in tune with our structural anatomy.
 
This was so typical of the intellect of Wronski. He had the vision to reduce complexity to a reality that simplified comprehension. He was a warm and open individual to those who reached out to him. His in depth philosophy went beyond the world of music He had significant knowledge of all that interested him, which involved much more than music.
 
I was sorry to see him leave to return home to Poland. He left a great void for those of us who knew him and those that had the privilege of being his students. He was indeed a man among men. Individuals like Tadeusz Wronski are always with us too short a time.

Prof. Murray Grodner
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University, Bloomington