Alphabet - Andrzej Panufnik

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Mother, Matylda Thonnes

His mother’s constant violin playing accompanied Panufnik from his earliest childhood, shaping the musical sensibility of the future composer. Unfulfilled as a violinist, Matylda may not have been a typical mother, but her influence on the development of her son’s musical interests is beyond doubt. She also supported him in his desire to study music and helped him get into the Warsaw Conservatory.