It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Lucjan Kaszycki, our union colleague since 1958. He died on 5 May 2021 in Warsaw at the age of 89.
He graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Kraków, where he studied composition with Stanisław Wiechowicz. Later, he became a professor of composition there, and from 1974 he also taught jazz and entertainment music at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. He was a respected author of theatre and film music, he also wrote many hit songs. The song Pamiętasz, była jesień... [Do you remember, it was autumn...] with his music and lyrics by Andrzej Czekalski and Ryszard Pluciński, written for the film Farewells by Wojciech Jerzy Has in 1958, became an all-time hit. It was sang poignantly by Sława Przybylska, and then by many famous Polish singers, including Magda Umer, Kora, Kasia Nosowska, and Anna Maria Jopek.
Lucjan Kaszycki received many awards in various areas of artistic and didactic-educational activity, including the honorary badge "Meritorious Activist of Culture", the medal "For Merit to the City of Opole", the Golden Cross of Merit, the "Golden Helicon" medal for lifetime artistic achievements awarded by the Kraków Branch of the Polish Jazz Society, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and in 2013 – the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis".
We have lost an amazing Artist.
Hail to his memory!
Polish Composers' Union