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Paweł Mykietyn, composer and clarinettist, born 20th May 1971 in Oława. He graduated in 1997 from the Music Academy in Warsaw, where he had studied composition under Włodzimierz Kotoński. In 1990, he won the 2nd prize in the Andrzej Krzanowski Competition for Composers. His 3 for 13 for 13 performers (1994), commissioned by the Polish Radio, received the 1st prize in the category of young composers' works in the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in 1995. In 1996, his Epifora [Epiphora] for piano and tape (1996), another Polish Radio commission, was granted 1st prize in the category of works by young composers, as well as a recommendation in the general category, in the 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Amsterdam.
Paweł Mykietyn founded Nonstrom, an ensemble in which he plays the clarinet and which has specialised in performances of contemporary music. The ensemble has a complement of four: a clarinet, a piano, a cello and a trombone. As a clarinettist, Mykietyn won the 1st prize in the Competition for Young Performers of 20th-Century Music organised by the International Society of Contemporary Music, the Polish Section, in 1995.
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Paweł Mykietyn embarked on his spectacular career at a very young age, and from the very start he notched up numerous successes both in Poland and abroad. In 1993, still as Włodzimierz Kotoński’s composition student, he made his Warsaw Autumn debut with La strada. The success of this performance resulted in the composer obtaining his first Warsaw Autumn commission – for the work entitled Eine kleine Herbstmusik which, performed in 1995, proved to be one of the greatest events of the Festival. In the same year, his composition 3 for 13, commissioned by the Polish Radio, won the 1st prize in the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, in the category of works by young composers. In 1996, Mykietyn received the 1st prize in the same category of works, as well as a recommendation in the general category, in the 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Amsterdam, for his Epifora [Epiphora] for piano and tape (1996). The successive Warsaw Autumn festivals presented new works by Mykietyn: Piano Concerto in 1997, Commencement de siècle (1999), Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2000), and the opera Ignorant i szaleniec [The Ignoramus and the Madman] (2001).
Paweł Mykietyn’s music is impetuous, frequently even aggressive in character, and has a clear structure. The composer ostentatiously applies the major-minor harmonies, introducing tonal fragments interspersed with harmonically free sections. He also makes use of traditional melodic structures, transforming them in his own individual manner. Mykietyn could be described as a model postmodernist, deriving his inspiration as well as material from all the available sources without any inferiority complex. Composition is for him, to a large extent, the action of putting together ready-made puzzle pieces. Mykietyn’s music evokes many emotions. It is most admired by the younger audience, fascinated by powerful sound and sharp rhythms.
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...though Daedalus flew safe..., trio for piano, clarinet and cello * (1990)
La Strada for three instruments * (1991)
Four Preludes for piano * (1992)
At Radek’s” for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1993)
3 for 13 for 13 performers * (1994)
Sonatina für Alina for alto saxophone and tape (1994)
Eine kleine Herbstmusik for 11 instruments (1995)
Epiphora for piano and tape (1996)
Concerto for piano and orchestra * (1996)
...on my own theme for chamber ensemble (1997)
Four for four for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1997)
Concerto for cello and orchestra * (1998)
String Quartet (1998)
Commencement de siècle for chamber ensemble and live electronics (1999)
Before “Four for four” for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1999)
Concerto for violin and orchestra (1999)
Shakespeare’s Sonnets for male soprano and piano (2000)
The Ignoramus and the Madman, chamber opera (2000-2001)
Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (2002)
Page from an Album for cello and computer (2002)
literature
Chłopecki Andrzej Paweł Mykietyn - nowa gwiazda muzyki polskiej [Paweł Mykietyn – A New Star of Polish Music], "Polish Culture" 1999 nr 1, s. 48-49
Kwiecińska Agata W co gra Paweł Mykietyn?, "Ruch Muzyczny" 2007 nr 10, s. 6-8
Thomas Adrian Mykietyn Paweł.In: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (ed. Stanley Sadie), vol. 17, Macmillan Publishers Limited, London 2001
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