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Katowice | Grażyna Bacewicz and America(ns)!


The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you to a concert of the Silesian Quartet from the series "Grażyna Bacewicz and America(ns)!" on 9 November 2019 at 6 p.m. The Silesian musicians together with Wojciech Świtała will presnt a repertoire that is an interesting combination of different styles and aesthetics.

The programme will include the String Quartet No. 4 'Buczak' by American minimalist Philip Glass and the String Quartet No.2 'Grandfather Songs' (in memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki) by Marek Nowakowski – a son of Polish immigrants born in the United States, whose wide and diverse output represents a modern merger of bold expressionism and mystical contemplation, Slavic pathos and American individualism. The 'Grandfather Songs' quartet was premiered in 2011 by the Kronos Quartet during the Polish Music Festival in Krakow.

We will also listen to the Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) by Grażyna Bacewicz. Although classicall in form (Moderato – Allegro / Larghetto / Allegro giocoso) – it comes from the period when Bacewicz became interested in avant-garde music. "While basing the narrative structure of the work on montage as well as variation techniques, with a selected group of intervals and intervallic structure playing the most important role, the composer has endowed it with a greater degree of lyrical and dramatic quality; (...) the new role of the piano – as opposed to Bacewicz's earlier orchestral works – is decisive here as it is occasionally treated almost as a solo instrument, in a Romantic manner, or cooperates with the remaining instruments in creating colourful sound landscapes," wrote Małgorzata Gąsiorowska in the composer's biography.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/