The next discovery made by Ann, was about Henryk Cylkow. It is highly probable that he was also Rabbi Cylkow son and brother to Adela and Ludwik, although this fact is not yet corroborated.
Henryk Cylkow was born in Warsaw circa 1866, just one year after Rabbi Izaak Cylkow and Chaia Anna Blumberg had married. Henryk was a lawyer (the attorney at law) and … a composer and musicographer. As a composer he is known for many symphonic works, including Allegro appassionato (first performed in 1916 in Warsaw), The Song about the Sea (1917 Warsaw), the overture “After the Battle”, which won runner-up prize at the II-nd L. Kronenberg competition in 1921 and many more. He also composed songs to the poetry of Adam Mickiewicz and many piano works, including five Mazurkas and Preludes. It seems that he developed his career as a composer when he was in his fifties.
Coda – The great family of Rabbi Izaak Cylkow
Rabbi Izaak Cylkow, was not only an accomplished translator of Hebrew Scriptures into Polish language. As seen on this page, he was also a great father who provided his children with a modern education, and supported them with an open mind, so they could excel in their choice of profession, be it arts, literature and (perhaps) music*.
His relatives, like Jadwiga Szenhak Maurizo, belonged in their own right, to the intellectual elite of the turn of the XIX century. The professional success of the siblings Adela, Ludwik and Henryk*, make the whole story about Rabbi Izaak Cylkow much more fascinating…
Mirek Sopek, Warsaw, July 25th, 2018
* As we noted above – Izaak’s Cylkow paternity of Henryk is pending corroboration.