THE PATH OF POLONAISES. THE INIMITABLE LIFE OF MYKOLAS KLEOPAS OGINSKIS

Danutė Ramonaitė-Mukienė

An informative-cognitive publication for the reader, who is beginning the acquaintance with Mykolas Kleopas Oginski  – the prominent composer, political and public figure of the end of the 18th – the beginning of the 19th c. The book briefly introduces the creative, political and diplomatic work of M. K. Oginskis, his participation in the Kosciuszko Uprising (1794), the fundamental historical events of the time. Facts about M. K. Oginskis’ family – parents, wives, children, and grandchildren, who lived in Lithuania and fostered Plungė and Rietavas manors (especially Bogdanas Oginskis (1848–1909) and Mykolas Mikalojus Severinas Markas Oginskis (1849–1902)) – are submitted. Place name list of places related to Oginskiai family is compiled.

The book discusses the question of the memory of M. K. Oginskis perpetuation in Lithuania and abroad, of which the main work has been done in the preparation for M. K. Oginskis 250th birth anniversary and its commemoration. In this publication, quotations of Vladas Drėma, Antanas Rimvydas Čaplinskas, Šviesė Čepliauskaitė, Viktoras Gerulaitis, Gabrielė Giunterytė-Puzinienė. Laima Kiauleikytė, Stanislaw Morawski, Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis, Aldona Prašmantaitė, Vaiva Purlytė, Genovaitė Razbadauskienė, Zina Rimgailienė, Vytas Rutkauskas, Jolanta Skurdauskienė, Ramunė Šmigelskytė-Stukienė, Piotr Staniak, Povilas Šverebas, Adrzej Zaluski, and Iwo Zaluski, reveal more knowledge about the personality of M. K. Oginskis, significance of his creative work and efforts to restore the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

CONTENTS

Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis. „Precepts to a Son“…..7
A Man with a Spirit of European and Enlightenment…..11
The Era of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis: Political Situation and the Collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth…..15
Parents of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis…..23
Paula Szembek (1737–1798)
Andrius Bobola Joachimas Juozapatas Adomas Oginskis (1740–1787)
Childhood and Teenage of Mykolas Kleopas…..26
Political Figure…..41
In the Kosciuszko Uprising (1794) …..47
Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis’ Restoration Plan of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania…..53
In Zalesye…..57
The Composer…..61
Written Legacy…..77
Music Publishing…..85
Wives of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis…..87
Izabel Lasocka-Oginskienë (1764–1852)…..87
Maria de Neri-Nagurskienë-Oginskienë (1778–1851)…..88
Children of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis…..95
Tadas Antonijus Oginskis (1798–1844), Pranciðkus Ksaveras Oginskis (1801–1837)…..95
Amelija Oginskytë-Zaluska (1803–1858)…..99
Ema Oginskytë-Brzostowska-Vysocka (1810–1871)…..106
Ida Oginskytë-Kublicka Piottuch (1813–po 1843)…..106
Irenëjus Kleopas Oginskis (1808–1863)…..108
Grandchildren of Mykolas Kleopas Oginkis – the Dukes of Rietavas and Plungë….111
Juzefa Sofija Oginskytë (1761/1764–1847), the sister of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis…..121
In Vilnius….125
In Italy….133
Rietavas and Oginskiai…..139
Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis: Protecting and Cherishing His Musical Heritage….151
Locations Related to the Life and Work of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis’ Family…..159

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