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Tadeusz Haas has died at the age of 86

Musicologist Tadeusz Haas, a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, has died on 19 March 2020.

In the 1970s, he was a vice-director of the Polish Radio and Television Committee, specialising in Polish music recordings. He was teaching music literature at the Warsaw Academy of Music.

As his student, pianist Ignacy Lisiecki, recalls: "It was Professor Haas who convinced Halina Czerny-Stefańska to record many of Chopin's works, although the artist did not like the studio microphone after paricipating in the Chopin Competition (according to the Professor). Wonderful recordings of Richter' recitals with the music of Skriabin and Szymanowski (including 2nd Piano Sonata and Myths with Oleg Kagan) at the National Philharmonic in 1972 and at the Warsaw Academy of Music in 1982, it was also the initiative of the Professor who was able to persuade Richter who valued him as a friend...

The Professor of the old date took students seriously and expected the same – active participation in classes. As I remember, no one dared to skip lectures for a trivial reason. Who wanted to know more, came to additional classes at the academy, or used the extensive archive of recordings courtesy of the Professor – also at his home at Akademicka Street. The Professor who "opened the ears" of his students to archival recordings of Hofmann, Rachmaninoff, Paderewski, and Friedman. The Professor who valued his outstanding students – he always spoke warmly, among others, about Piotr Anderszewski. One of the Professor's thoughts will be probably remembered by his students forever: you must not waste your talent! A great loss for the community of pianists graduating from the Warsaw Academy ... "

Karol Szymanowski's "Lottery for Husbands" – premiere on YouTube!


In 1909 Karol Szymanowski finished his only operetta Lottery for Husbands, which after nearly a hundred years had its world premiere on stage by the Krakow Opera ensemble in 2007. The performance was professionally recorded and released on DVD. On 27 March at 6:30 p.m. it will be presented on the official YouTube channel of the Krakow Opera and everyone will be able to watch it without leaving home. It will be also available with English subtitles.

Karol Szymanowski reached for the operetta only once in his life. After composing Stabat Mater and King Roger, he wrote: "I can't be so festive all the time, it's very tiring. (...) I have to laugh a little musically." The three act libretto of Lottery comprised spoken text and lyrics linking the scenes together with musical pieces. Unfortunately, only the sung lyrics, written beneath the notes, have been preserved. The new theatre concept and plot proposed by Wojciech Graniczewski is his own original piece of drama, created for the operetta’s first performance, and incorporating, of course, the original lyrical and musical material.

Musically, the work consists of 16 numbers composed by Szymanowski using all the rules of a classical operetta. We find here a melodic waltz, romantic duets, funny couplets and an extensive finale with dances (including very fashionable at the time cake-walk) and choir. "It most certainly aroused Szymanowski's curiosity about the play of form, and set him on the path of playing with elements of grotesque, humour, pastiche, parody, the old world and the new. He furnished the play with vivid, unconventional music, and filled it with handcrafted musical characters, all immersed in an untameable mobility of dance." – wrote Teresa Chylińska, an expert on Szymanowski's work, cooperating with the Krakow Opera on this production.

More information at: https://www.opera.krakow.pl/en/

#stayathome and spend time with the PWM Edition


Rest to the sounds from the new album? Relax with an interesting book? Or maybe reading or watching cartoons with children? Moments spent at home can be a great opportunity to catch up on cultural backlogs and develop interests. For the near future the PWM Edition has prepared a number of activities for children and adults, without leaving home.

While at home, we encourage you to listen to good music on Spotify. Every week a different album of the "Anaklasis" series will be examined and playlists of the most important works of Polish music literature from 1918-2018, released in the exclusive "100 for 100" box awarded with two "Fryderyk" awards, will be available at your fingertips. Look for phonographic recommendations from the "100 by 100" list every Friday at https://www.facebook.com/PWMEdition/, and on Mondays reach for the selected "Anaklasis" album.

The new music lovers will enjoy the portal http://stonasto.pl/ – a compendium of knowledge about Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries, presenting interesting facts about composers, works and recordings of selected compositions which constitute the canon of Polish music since independence. Every Thursday the PWM YouTube channel will release new 'Music Profiles' – video materials in which musicologists and artists talk about the most important examples from Polish music literature from 1918 to 2018. Those whose 20th and 21st century sound experiments will inspire to create their own works can use the "Compose with PWM: Etude for ...", "Dissonance" and "Sonoforms" applications, available free of charge on Google Play and App Store. A special treat for music lovers will be the 10-minute excerpts from the audiovisual recordings of works by Agata Zubel (Bildbeschreibung), Alek Nowak (ahat-ilī - Sister of Gods) and Andrzej Krzanowski (Broadcast V), premiered on the PWM YouTube channel. Stay tuned!

Poznań Philharmonic Recommends Internet Concerts


The Taduesz Szeligowski Philharmonic in Poznań invites you to the "Internet Concerts" that will be streamed on Fridays at 7 p.m. on the website: www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl.

The current situation has made many of us realize the phenomenon of music performed live. Thousands of people who regularly attend live concerts, including those at the Poznań Philharmonic, will lack this experience in the near (undefined) future.

Being aware that live music cannot be fully replaced by any recordings, the Poznań Philharmonic, however, will offer music lovers and a potentially new audience regular concerts via the Internet. The concerts will be performed by the Poznań Philharmonic orchestra, wonderful conductors and soloists. They will be streamed only once, on a given Friday at 7 p.m.

Gdańsk | 13th Gdańsk Music Festival


The 13th Gdańsk Music Festival will take place between 9 and 22 May 2020.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. On the eve of this anniversary, 17 May, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's monumental work Beatus Vir will be performed by the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, the Krakow Philharmonic Choir and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Łukaszewski. The work was commissioned by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, and the premiere took place after his election as Pope. On the same evening we will also hear Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Totus Tuus, Op. 60 and Salve Sidus Polonorum. St. Adalbert Cantata, Op. 72.

The Beethoven Year will be celebrated by the performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56 by artists cooperating with Deutsche Grammophon: pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Bomsori Kim and cellist Camille Thomas.

This year, the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will be held in Warsaw. The winners of this Competition from previous years and this year's candidates will take part in the Gdańsk Festival. We will also hear the winners of other international competitions, including the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 2019, French pianist Alexandre Kantorow. A special recital by Adam Makowicz will counterbalance the performances of classical pianists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl/ 

Creative and culture scholarships for 2020


The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage invites you to submit applications for creative and culture scholarships for 2020. A scholarship of PLN 3,500 gross per month is awarded for the implementation of a specific project in such fields as music, literature, theater, dance, folk art, animation and cultural education.

The subject of the competition are scholarships in the form of periodic financial benefits, awarded to natural persons involved in artistic creativity, culture dissemination and protection of historic monuments. The scholarships are awarded for the implementation of a specific project in two categories: original creative projects and original projects devoted to the dissemination of culture.

The applications should be submitted online via the EBOI system by 16 April 2020.

Rules of the competition are available at: https://bit.ly/39gMNKX 

The Polish Composers' Union Music Library is closed to readers until further notice

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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, due to the decision of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the government recommendations for preventing the spread of SARS-COV-2 coronavirus the Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union is closed to readers effective from 12 March 2020.

We will inform you about the reopening date. Due dates for books will be extended until the Library is opened.

We also encourage you to contact us by e-mail. We will try to help if possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Let's remember that we are responsible for ourselves, our loved ones and the whole community in which we operate.

The Polish Composers' Union –
Polish Music Information Center POLMIC Music Library Team

"Fryderyk 2020" award-winning album available in the Internet!


The Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź has prepared a unique gift for music lovers in this difficult time: the open access to the "Fryderyk 2020" award-winning album Emil Młynarski. Violin Concertos performed by Piotr Pławner and the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Przytocki.

Emil Młynarski's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 11 is available on the Soundcloud platform. The internet premiere of the Violin Concerto No 2 in D major, Op. 16 will take place on 25 March 2020 at 9.00 p.m.

Emil Mlynarski is most often associated with his huge commitment and contribution to the dynamic development of Warsaw’s musical life at the turn of the 20th century. What is more, the number of honourable and responsible functions he would hold for years ensured him the position of an undisputed authority. Today, unfortunately, hardly anyone remembers that during his lifetime the artist was also valued for his compositional output, which is confirmed by, for example, a prestigious award he received for his Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11. The recording performed by Piotr Pławner with the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra is the first registration of this work in Poland. The present album perfectly fits into promotional activities of unjustly forgotten Polish music.

The album Emil Młynarski. Violin Concertos is available on sale at the DUX online store.


Warsaw | 16th "Chopin And His Europe" International Music Festival: From Beethoven To Chopin


The 16th "Chopin and his Europe" International Music Festival will run from 15 August to 1 September 2020. An important element of this year's edition programme will be the presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven's works on the composer's 250th birth anniversary.

Beethoven's pieces will be performed, among others, by Belcea Quartet (4 evenings will feature this famous ensemble's rendition of all the quartets of the great classic from Bonn) and the Orchestra of the 18th Century with Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist and conductor (they will present five piano concertos).

The main programme of the Festival will traditionally feature the "gems of Polish music" with Chopin's works at the forefront. Fabio Biondi and his band Europa Galante will present Stanisław Moniuszko's opera The Countess. Sinfonia Varsovia and pianists Clare Hammond and Philippe Giusiano under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk will perform the Piano Concerto in A flat major, Op. 2 by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Fantasy for piano and orchestra by Andrzej Panufnik, and Concertino for piano and orchestra by Roman Palester. 1st Violin Concerto and 4th Symphonie Concertante, Op. 60 by Karol Szymanowski will be presented at the National Philharmonic. Three pieces in old style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki will be performed by the Scottish Ensemble. The final concert will begin with the performance of Witold Lutosławski's Funeral Music.

The Festival will host a galaxy of pianists associated with the Chopin Competition, including five of its winners – Yulianna Avdeeva, Philippe Giusian, Kevin Kenner, Garrick Ohlsson and Dang Thai Son – as well as numerous winners and participants of the Competition who will play not only on contemporary pianos , but also on historical instruments.

Tickets on sale from 17 March!

Full programme available at: https://festiwal.nifc.pl/pl