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2021 Polish Composers' Union Award for merits in the field of music education

DomosławiceOn 17 March 2021 the Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union awarded for the sixth time the Award of the Polish Composers' Union for merits in the field of music education.

The award was given to the State Primary Music School in Domosławice, represented by its headmaster Kazimierz Wojnicki and teachers Renāta Stivriņa and Grzegorz Majka – for an unprecedented programme in the field of contemporary music, employed in large artistic projects.

The Music School in Domosławice was established in 2012 on the initiative of Kazimierz Wojnicki as the first institution of this type in the Brześć poviat – it offers classes in seven branches scattered within a radius of 50 kilometers. The school has developed its own, unique, integral way of music education. It combines the acquisition of performance skills and knowledge about early music as well as active participation in the creation of modern art. The teachers of theoretical subjects are three composers and a conductor. It is the annual production of a new piece for large vocal and instrumental ensemble, written by teachers-composers especially for their students, that became the most important element of the curriculum, integrating the entire teaching process and several hundred young musicians.

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.

More information at: https://www.zkp.org.pl/ 

17th Kazimierz Serocki International Composers' Competition

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music announces the 17th Kazimierz Serocki International Composers' Competition under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union. The deadline for entries is 1 September 2021.

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. More than one score per composer is permitted. The piece should be written for chamber ensemble of 3 to 5 instruments. The use of live electronics and tape is not permitted. Duration of the piece should be from 10 to 16 minutes.

The prize pool is PLN 25,000. The youngest winner of the Competition will receive the PWM's Edition Special Prize. The jury will consist of composers: Paweł Łukaszewski, Dariusz Przybylski and Paul Patterson. 

The awarded compositions will be performed on 6 November 2021 at the Władysław Szpilman Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, at a special concert organised by the ISCM Polish Section and Polish Radio Channel 2. The concert will be broadcasted and offered to all members of the European Broadcasting Union.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations are available at: https://ptmw.art.pl/serocki-2021 

"Res Facta Nova" Discussion Meeting: Centenary of Prof. Michał Bristiger (1921-2021)

Bristiger1 August 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Prof. Michał Bristiger (1921-2016). To celebrate this occasion, the editors of the "Res Facta Nova" journal invite you on 23 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to an online meeting dedicated to the famous Polish musicologist.

Prof. Michał Bristiger, an honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, taught theory and aesthetics of music as well as music history at the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the PhD programme of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He conducted research as a senior fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften von Menschen in Vienna. He co-organized several dozen Polish-Italian musicological conferences. From 1983 he collaborated with the Musicological Institute of the University of Palermo. In the years 1992-1998 he was permanently employed as a professor of music at the University of Calabria in Arcavacata di Rende and he lectured at the Macerata-Fermo University. From 1967 he was the editor-in-chief of the journal "Res Facta", which he founded  and which was later re-issued as "Res Facta Nova", and the accompanying periodical "Res Facta Library".

The upcoming meeting will be attended by editors of the 18th volume of the periodical "Michał Bristiger (1921-2016) in memoriam" as well as Karol Berger, Daniel Cichy, Aleksander Laskowski, Barbara Przybyszewska-Jarmińska, Monika Prusak, Anna Tenczyńska, and Sławomir Wieczorek.

The meeting will be held on the ZOOM platform with live-streaming on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Wrocław. To receive the meeting ID, please contact the organisers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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The 9th Festival of Premieres "Polish Modern Music"

NOSPR"Usually hidden behind their sounds, giving the floor to the performers of their works, during the Festival of Premieres composers are in the center of attention. We celebrate their creativity and courage to confront us with habits, to provoke, challenge and surprise us" – emphasizes Ewa Bogusz-Moor. In 2021, the Festival of Premieres will be held with the participation of the audience and in the form of live broadcasts on the Internet. It will be divided into two parts: the spring one, from 23 to 25 April, and the autumn one, scheduled for October and November.

During the ninth edition of the event organised by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, new works by Cezary Duchnowski, Marta Śniady, Mikołaj Laskowski, Aleksander Nowak, Karol Nepelski and many other great composers will be performed for the first time.

What is the theme of this year's Festival? This year, the composers will take up themes related to the theatricality of music, the complex network of connections between the elements and characters that make up the stage spectacle. For example, Mikołaj Laskowski will take a new look at the relationship between a musician and an instrument. The hero of the artistic installation View by Barbara Kinga Majewska will be one of the scenographic elements – a backdrop to Wagner's opera; the installation will be presented on October in the NOSPR foyer.

The programme will also include works with references to literature. In autumn, the youngest music lovers will watch a video opera by Jerzy Kornowicz with a libretto by Michał Rusinek. During the final concert of the festival, performed by the excellent Klangforum Wien orchestra conducted by Swiss conductor Titus Engel, we will hear a new piece by Cezary Duchnowski, inspired by the works of Stanisław Lem.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tickets will be on sale from March 2021. Programme of the whole event is available at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Elbląg Chamber Orchestra: Inauguration of the International String Instruments Competition in Elbląg

EOKOn 22 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m. the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Andrzej Borzym Jr will inaugurate the International String Instruments Competition in Elbląg. The concert repertoire includes works by Rossini, Wieniawski and Paderewski.

Although he has followed in his father's footsteps and he is also holding a baton in his hand, Andrzej Borzym Jr is successfully following his own conductor's path. He has led, among others, the Symphony Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Slovenian National Opera in Maribor.

During the concert in Elbląg, we will hear Variations on an Original Theme by Henryk Wieniawski, who was called by Florizel von Reuter "the Chopin of the violin". The comparison between Wieniawski and Chopin was due to the poetic tone and the presence of national elements in the violinist's compositions. These characteristics also distinguish numerous compositions by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who made a tremendous international career not only in the field of art. The concert will feature his Melody for violin and orchestra. We will also hear Gioacchino Rossini's variations Une Larme performed by the orchestra with cellist Karol Sokołowski.

The concert will be broadcast on the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra YouTube channel and on the website https://smyczkowy.elblag.pl/.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Symphony for the planet – Paweł Pudło's "Elements"

ZywiolyAlmost 300 people involved, over 9 years of work, dozens of instruments made of rubbish – this is just the beginning of a long list that enabled the implementation of one idea: showing human impact on the environment. 22 April 2021, the International Earth Day, will see the premiere of the Elements album – Polish composer Paweł Pudło's modern story about humanity and different elements of nature.

The album includes fifteen orchestral pieces in the style of film music with ethnic elements and electronics. According to the composer: "The Elements project tells the story of Earth and human as its inseparable element. Despite the fact that we are already 'techno-humans', constantly connected to our smartphones and the Internet, we still remain part of the nature that surrounds us. It is not only about taking care of nature, but also showing the effects of neglecting it".

The Elements project is not only about music. The premiere also featured workshops and lectures for primary and secondary school students. The invited researchers of the University of Wrocław, as specialists in these fields, explained to young people the process of human impact on the environment, including soil, air and water pollution.

The symphonic works were performed by musicians playing on recycling instruments made of plastic, metal and wood waste. By using such instruments, the composer wanted to emphasize the reusability of these materials.

From 22 April, the Elements album will be available in stores on CD and vinyl record. Currently, you can find it on streaming services.

Link to the album: https://smarturl.it/ElementsPudlo 

77th Musica Moderna Session

Musica ModernaThe 77th Musica Moderna Session – a contemporary music festival organised by the Academy of Music in Łódź and the Polish Composers' Union – will be held online on 19-21 April 2021 on the Academy's YouTube channel.

The inaugural Musical Evening "Faces of Sound" will premiere the latest works by Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Marcin Stańczyk and Artur Zagajewski. We will also hear works by Tadeusz Wielecki, the long-time director of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music. The second day of the session will feature three diploma concerts. Third-year students: Olga Pasek, who studies composition with Prof. Marcin Stańczyk and film music composition with Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, as well as Wojciech Gladys, who works under the supervision of Prof. Sławomir Kaczorowski, will present their achievements. The programme will also include works by Kosma Szust, a fifth year student of composition under Prof. Krzysztof Grzeszczak.

The final concert of the session will traditionally present electroacoustic and audiovisual compositions of students who worked in the Electronic Music Computer Studio of the Academy of Music in Łódź in the previous semesters.

Full programme is available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/77-sesja-musica-moderna 

Electroacoustic Music Competition "Etude for one bell stroke"

PSEMEThe Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) announces the international electroacoustic music competition "Etude for one bell stroke" as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Sigismund Bell in Krakow. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 June 2021.

The competition is dedicated to Włodzimierz Kotoński, the author of the first Polish electroacoustic composition Etude for one cymbal stroke, realised in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw in 1959.

The competition is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender and nationality.

The leading theme of the competition is the sound of the Sigismund Bell, ordered and funded by King Sigismund the Old at the beginning of the 16th century. The material of the competition composition is limited to the sound of the bell in its historical and spectral dimension (the preferred sound of the Sigismund Bell is available on the Internet) with any transformations, references and multi-channel spatial sound projection.

From among the 10 final works, 3 main prizes and 3 honourable mentions will be awarded. The results of the competition will be announced during the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Sigismund Bell in July 2021. The awarded compositions will be performed on 13 July 2021 in the open space around the Wawel Royal Castle, as well as during the concert in Nuremberg on 17 July 2021. The works will be also released on an album by the Audiomat label.

Rules and regulations are available at: www.pseme.com 

New Voice in the Year of Lem. Open call for applications to the new programme of the Institute of Music and Dance

IMiTThe Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Jutropera Foundation is launching the "New Voice" artistic and social programme aimed at non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities. The programme will result in an opera-theatre performance devoted to the work of Stanisław Lem, whose 100th birthday is celebrated this year. Call for applications is open from 7 April to 5 May 2021.

“In the Year of Lem, we rediscover how great a visionary he was. We invite you to cooperate – everyone who will take part in the programme: professional artists, great stars and people who will stand on stage for the first time, will be able to perform after the workshop and participate in finding Lem's perspective on the human condition" – says Michał Znaniecki, director and originator of the programme. The programme is open to non-governmental organisations operating in the Dolnośląskie, Małopolskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodships, which bring together people with disabilities, both artists and amateurs, or people with no experience in this field.

Organisations selected in the competition together with the programme's team, composed of, among others, Michał Znaniecki (script, direction and costumes), Luigi Scoglio (set design), Karolina Jacewicz (multimedia projections), Dariusz Albrycht (lighting director), Krzysztof Łochowicz and Rafał Kłoczko (musical direction), will jointly work on an opera-theater performance New Voice: LEM.

The performances will premiere in September and October on the stages of three cities: Ełk, Kłodzko and Nowy Sącz.

Rules and regulations: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4564