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Warsaw | The 110th Anniversary of the Birth and the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Grażyna Bacewicz


The Warsaw Philharmonic plans to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth and the 50th of the death of Grażyna Bacewicz with three concerts showcasing a selection of her works for solo instrument and orchestra. The first concert will take place on 6 December 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

The series will open with an extraordinary event: the world premiere of Violin Concerto No. 6. Bacewicz had quite a critical (often too critical) approach to her compositions – to the extent that she decided to leave this piece on the shelf and never allowed it to be performed or published. We do not know much about this mysterious work, except that the author went on to use some of its musical material in her Viola Concerto a year later. Therefore, we might conjecture that Grażyna Bacewicz did not regard Concerto No. 6 as a complete write-off. Thanks to the initiative of Maestro Andrzej Boreyko, the score will be given a new lease of life in these December concerts after fifty years of gathering dust in the archives of the National Library.

The most expanded of Strauss’ symphonic poems, Ein Heldenleben unquestionably brought him success; however, it had to run the gauntlet of severe criticism before it finally began to be appreciated. Many believed that the work was too long, its autobiographical subtext not fully comprehensible for the listener, and, most importantly, that the music was too bizarre. And then of course there was the difficulty of playing the piece live. Currently, Ein Heldenleben is a popular choice for every symphony orchestra and an audience favourite. It was performed on this stage for the first time under the baton of its composer, in December 1903, and returns to the repertoire of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra after an absence of almost twenty-five years.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny184