Three soldier’s songs for voice and piano (1920)

In July 1920, during Poland’s war with Bolshevik Russia, Szymanowski joined the Central Propaganda Committee for Artists Associations (Centralny Komitet Propagandy Związków Artystycznych) that organized cultural events for Polish soldiers, including music concerts in army barracks and military hospitals. Soon after that date Szymanowski wrote three soldier songs for voice and piano: Do dziewczyny (mazurek) [To a Girl (A Mazurka)], O zwiedzionym żołnierzu [The Deceived Soldier] with lyrics by Kornel Makuszyński, and Wyszywała raz Hanka [When Hanna Was Embroidering] with lyrics by Kazimierz Andrzej Czyżowski. Those popular pieces are nothing like the serious works Szymanowski was writing at the time.