1882 - 1936

Karol Szymanowski was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century. He was a well-known homosexual in his times and his artistic development is seemingly linked to his orientation. Homosexuality becomes visible in his works through ancient themes (Myths), and the choice of implicitly homosexual texts (Opera: King Roger op. 46) or texts from the homosexual tradition used in vocal works (3rd Symphony op. 27 (1916) or Love Songs of Hafiz op. 24 (1910) and op. 26 (1914)). The lyricism of his music in this period expresses intensive sexual feelings from love to ecstasy. [link]

Very early black and white photo of a young, dark-eyed Szymanowski.