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Open Session of the Polish Society for Music Analysis: Feliks Nowowiejski and Fryderyk Chopin

PTAMThe Polish Society for Music Analysis invites you on 27 April 2021 at 12.00 p.m. to an open online meeting presenting the results of current research on the works of Feliks Nowowiejski and Fryderyk Chopin.

The aim of PTAM is to integrate the community of musicologists, theorists, composers and performers around the broadly understood understanding and scientific interpretation of music. The president of the organization, founded in 2015, is Prof. Sławomira Żerańska-Kominek. The members of the Society come from both Academies of Music and Institutes of Musicology all over Poland. PTAM presents the historical and current achievements of Polish researchers in the field of music analysis, including sonology, theories of musical form, musical structures, harmony, the use of information technology in music. These achievements are presented during analytical workshops, symposia and conferences organised by the Society.

During the next open meeting of the Polish Society for Music Analysis, Agnieszka Chwiłek, PhD (Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw) will present her research on the musical language of songs to the words of German poets in the early works of Feliks Nowowiejski. Krzysztof Bilica, PhD (Warsaw) will deliver a talk entitled 'Rooster Crowing Before Dawn' à la rondeau.

Link to the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86025834497?pwd=TGtVV00rQW9sTUNCdGoxdUt5WUxTQT09  (Meeting ID: 860 2583 4497, Passcode: 2XPQr7)

6th Józef Ciepłucha International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition


The 6th Józef Ciepłucha International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition is organised by the Department of Wind Instruments of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and "Muzyka do Potęgi" Foundation. This year's edition will be held on 26-29 April 2021.

The competition was initiated at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s in Włoszakowice. In the 1990s, the event was held in Sieradz as the National Competition of Oboists and Bassoonists, then as the International Academic Competition of Oboists and Bassoonists. In 2014, the competition was named after Józef Ciepłucha.

The event aims to to promote the best instrumentalists from Polish and foreign music academies. The competition is divided into two categories, oboe and bassoon. The programme includes works by Aleksander Tansman, Michał Spisak, Zdzisław Szostak, Jerzy Bauer, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Maciej Zieliński.

The Jury is composed of eminent musicians and pedagogues: Arkadiusz Krupa, Tomasz Miczka, Józef Raatz, Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek, Krzysztof Kamiński, Artur Kasperek, Arkadiusz Adamczyk, and Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam. The Secretary of the Jury is Leszek Kołodziejski.

Young instrumentalists have already sent their recordings. Competition presentations are available to watch on the website: www.amuz.lodz.pl.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

We know the results of the competition for the youngest chamber musicians in Łódź!

KonkursOn Saturday, 24 April 2021, the jury announced the results of the 2nd Wiłkomirki National Chamber Music Competition for students of primary and secondary music schools (22-24 April 2021). The competition organised by the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Stanisław Liszewski Foundation featured 62 chamber ensembles from all over Poland, divided into four age groups.

The jury debated in a hybrid system, the participants were judged on the basis of the submitted recordings. The jury was composed of: Prof. Bogusław Pikała (AM Łódź) – chairman, Prof. Anna Prabucka-Firlej (AM Gdańsk), Prof. Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska (FCUM Warsaw), Prof. Jadwiga Kotnowska (AM Bydgoszcz), Karina Gidaszewska (AM Poznań, AM Łódź), Michał Drewnowski (AM Łódź), Prof. Hanna Holeksa (AM Łódź, S. Liszewski Foundation).

In the youngest group, two duos won the first prize ex aequo: Rozalia Mielczarek and Hanna Wójcik as well as Anna Waśko and Pola Fijałka. In the second group, the highest prize went to Małgorzata Błazik and Barbara Jankowska, in the third group the Grand Prix was awarded to Irena Kiełbasińska and Mateusz Rogowski. In the oldest group, the jury decided to award a string quartet composed of: Paulina Tomczuk, Julia Charmuszko, Oliwia Stawicka and Konstancja Śmietańska. In all age groups, additional prizes were also awarded for the performance of Polish music, including works by Tomasz Michalak, Emil Młynarski, Michał Spisak, Romuald Twardowski, Jan Wachowski and Kazimierz Wiłkomirski. The special prizes also include there invitations for two duos to perform as part of the "Chamber Saturdays" series at the Academy of Music in Łódź in the 2021/2022 season.

The patrons of the competition are members of the Wiłkomirski family, who from an early age performed chamber music in a trio founded by Alfred Wiłkomirski – the father of the musical family. The first members of the ensemble were: Michał Wiłkomirski (violin), Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (cello) and Maria Wiłkomirska (piano). The Wiłkomirski family were professionally associated with the Academy of Music in Łódź, which has been an important centre of Polish chamber music for years: the home of the Chamber Music Institute with over 60 years of tradition and the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition.

Announcement of the competition results is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz0PTBjxPlY 

More information about the competition: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-muzyki-kameralnej-im-wilkomirskich 

"Polskie Muzyczki" – season 3: educational films about Polish composers

Polskie MuzyczkiThe Life and Art Foundation invites you to the third series of educational films about Polish composers, "Polskie Muzyczki" [Polish Women Musicians]. New episodes will be posted every Saturday from 24 April 2021 on the project's YouTube channel.

The project idea was born before the pandemic. Joint concerts of clarinet player Barbara Borowicz and pianist Anna Miernik were preceded by lectures aimed at introducing the performed music. Currently, instrumentalists have temporarily transferred some of their activities to the Internet. The idea of ​​their online project is to create a series of educational films dedicated to Polish composers, which are posted on YouTube and Facebook to watch for free. The artists want to pursue the idea of ​​"learning through play" –  their short film episodes contain high-quality content presented in a light and pleasant form of a dialogue between the pianist and clarinetist, who are also friends.

The third season of "Polskie Muzyczki" will start with an episode devoted to Krzysztof Penderecki on the 1st anniversary of his death. The series will also include interviews with Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska and Łukasz Woś. The remaining videos will talk about Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Karol Kurpiński and Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński. Facts from the history of music will intertwine with funny anecdotes, thus making the materials more accessible to an average audience and helping to break the "artist-viewer" barrier. The aim of the project is to encourge listeners to participate in live concerts when it is fully possible.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Łódź Premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's cantata "Francesco"

FLThe Łódź premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's Francesco cantata will take place on 26 April 2021 at 5.00 p.m at the Łódź Philharmonic. The concert programme will also include Zoltan Kodaly's Missa brevis. A paid broadcast will be available at https://live.bilety24.pl/.

The Francesco cantata for mixed choir, chamber orchestra and organ is based on the writings of St. Francis and Dante Alighieri. Through this prism, the composer examines the condition of modern man, his obligations and limitations. The individual parts of the work titled Life, Work, Money, Woman, Death are separated with solo organ preludes. The world premiere of the cantata took place in 2018.

Zygmunt Krauze is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation, appreciated in Poland and abroad. In his oeuvre, operas as well as piano pieces and pieces with piano occupy a crucial place. An important chapter of his work is dedicated to unistic music, the theoretical foundations of which were derived from Władysław Strzemiński's paintings. Krauze is a professor of composition at the Academy of Music in Łódź, by which he was awarded the Honoris Causa doctorate.

The concert will be performed by the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the direction of Dawid Ber and the soloists: Marta Malarska, Magdalena Szymańska, Maria Hubluk-Kaszuba (soprano), Anna Krysztofiak (mezzo-soprano), Paweł Żak (tenor), Adrian Łęczycki (baritone) and Roman Perucki (organ).

More information:  https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-oratoryjny-16 

Chamber Music Concert at the Cultural Center of the University of Łódź "Music of Łódź+"

ULThe Cultural Centre of the University of Łódź invites you on 25 April 2021 at 12.30 p.m. for an online chamber concert as part of the "Music of Łódź+" series. The premiere of the recording will take place on the YouTube channel of the University of Lodz. We will hear music of Grażyna Bacewicz, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Roman Ryterband.

The series of chamber concerts at the Cultural Centre of the University of Lodz aims at presenting and popularizing the canon of European chamber music literature from the 18th to the 21st century: both works of already established artistic value, as well as those unjustly forgotten or rarely performed, with particular emphasis on the works of Polish composers, including those originating from or directly related to Łódź. The series was initiated by Stanisław Liszewski Foundation, and the concerts are organised in collaboration with the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

The programme of the upcoming event includes Suite for two violins by Grażyna Bacewicz, Two Contrasts for a duo by Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, Sonatina for guitar by Roman Ryterband, as well as compositions by Marek Walton, Roland Pontinen and Sid Phillips. The works will be performed by Polish Violin Duo, clarinetist Wojciech Sokołowski, pianist Michał Kluska and guitarist Kalina Polańska.

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"Job" by Karol Wojtyła and Krzesimir Dębski – Online Premiere

HIOBPolish Royal Opera invites you on 25 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the world premiere of Krzesimir Dębski's Job – an opera based on Karol Wojtyła's drama. Online concert will be held on the Polish Royal Opera YouTube channel.

"I myself wrote a new drama with Greek form, Christian spirit, eternal content […]. A drama about suffering: Job". This is how the twenty-year-old Karol Wojtyła wrote about his work in 1940 in a letter to his friend – Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. The young playwright read the Old Testament tale of innocent suffering and the steadfastness of faith from a Christological perspective, and saw its parallel with the fate of Poland plunged in the horrors of war. As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish Pope and the 80th anniversary of the creation of this extremely mature and symbol-rich text, the Polish Royal Opera invites you to a contemporary musical interpretation of the story of Job.

Krzesimir Dębski’s opera is full of bold juxtapositions of archaic language with modern orchestration techniques and the captivating sound of the choir’s commentary, reminiscent of a Greek tragedy. It is not without significance that the premiere of the work, originally planned for May 2020, had to be postponed due to the pandemic that spread across almost the entire world. For that same reason, it was not possible to present the concert version of the work in October 2020. Perhaps, however, all these difficult circumstances will strengthen the universal message of the work. It is, as the composer himself emphasizes, “an opera […] about the fate of a man who has fallen into misfortunes and then arises from this fall”.

More information atwww.operakrolewska.pl 

Premiere of Olga Hans' "Absence"

Am ŁódźOn 24 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź conducted by Marcin Wolniewski will present music of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Franz Joseph Haydn and Olga Hans. The concert will be broadcast on the Academy's YouTube channel.

The concert will begin with the premiere of Olga Hans' Absence for string orchestra. According to the composer, this piece was created in the last days of November 2020 as a reaction to the pandemic. The mood and thoughts that accompanied the artist at that time are perfectly reflected in Wisława Szymborska's poem Rachunek elegijny [Elegiac Calculation] – hence the title of the composition, which is the last word of this poem.

The programme will also include Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 and Joseph Haydn's Symphony in D major No. 104 – the twelfth in the series of "London Symphonies", also known as "Solomon Symphonies", after Johann Peter Salomon who organised the composer's concert tours.

The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź will perform with Adrianna Zając, winner of the Academy's Competition for the best performance of a concerto or aria. Adrianan Zając is a violin student of Ludwika Maja Tomaszewska-Klimek.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/kwiecien-2021/155768-koncert-symfoniczny 

2021 Polish Composers' Union Honorary Award for contribution to the promotion of Polish music

ZKPOn 17 March 2021 the Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union awarded this year's Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union for contribution to the promotion of Polish music. The award went to Łukasz Borowicz, Lech Dzierżanowski, Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz.

Łukasz Borowicz received the Honorary Award for reintroducing and promoting unjustly forgotten symphonic and operatic works of the 19th- and 20th-century Polish music. Lech Dzierżanowski – for taking up many publishing and concert projects that successfully bring back the work of Roman Palester to musical life and for inspiring many people and institutions to join these activities. Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz – for expanding the contemporary flute repertoire, for stimulating composers' creativity in this area and promoting new Polish music.

The award ceremony is planned during the 64th "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music at the headquarters of the Polish Composers' Union in Warsaw.