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Polish Musicological Yearbook

Polski Rocznik Muzykologiczny

The "Polish Musicological Yearbook" publishes articles and communications from all subdisciplines of musicology, including selected proceedings from the National Musicological Conferences of the Polish Composers' Union. The journal is bilingual, with papers published in Polish and English.

The "Polish Musicological Yearbook" ("Polski Rocznik Muzykologiczny") was founded by Adolf Chybiński in 1935. In the inter‑war period only two volumes of the journal were published (the second one in 1936). To continue its tradition, in 2004 it was revived under the auspices of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers’ Union. The third volume was dedicated to the memory of the founders of Polish musicology, Professors Zdzisław Jachimecki and Adolf Chybiński.

A new chapter in the history of the journal began in 2016, when it started cooperation with the PWM Edition – a prestigious publishing house specializing in the publication of sheet music and books on music.

The "Polish Musicological Yearbook" is financed from the funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education allocated for the promotion and dissemination of science.

Official Website: http://www.polskirocznikmuzykologiczny.pl/index.php 

Łagów Lubuski | 48th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference "Borders of Freedom"

ZKP

The 48th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union "Borders of Freedom" will take place on 5-7 September 2019 in Łagów Lubuski ("Leśnik" Recreation Centre, 10 Bolesława Chrobrego St.).

The infamous congress of composers and music critics in Łagów Lubuski, during which representatives of the power apparatus imposed the socialist realism doctrine on Polish artists, took place in 1949. It was not the first meeting of the communist authorities with the artists' circles: earlier there were conventions of writers (in Szczecin), artists (in Nieborów), theater people (in Obory) and architects (in Warsaw). The Łagów events received wide coverage among Polish composers and musicologists. The reactions varied, ranging from moral dilemmas related to attempts to adapt to the new situation to dramatic decisions about emigration.

After 70 years, it is worth returning to Łagów – the place where you can still hear the faint echoes of the events of 1949, to think about matters related to the relationship between music and power, music and freedom, abstract form and mimetic content of the art of sounds. In this historic place, scholars will discuss problems regarding the borders of freedom in music. The presentations will concern both detailed issues related to the consequences of socialist realist pressure or the Cold War division of Europe, as well as much wider dimensions of the relationship between artistic freedom and its conditions in the context of the entire history of music.

The organizers of the event are: Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union; Branch Office of Historical Research, Institute of National Remembrance in Poznań; Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra. The conferene's partner is ZAiKS Association of Authors.

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Mapa Polskich Kompozytorów – projekt multimedialny Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza

Map_of_polish_composersMapa Polskich Kompozytorów – interaktywne narzędzie dostępne pod adresem http://mapofcomposers.pl/ – została stworzona przez Instytut Adama Mickiewicza w ramach programu POLSKA MUSIC. Projekt powstał we współpracy z szeregiem indywidualnych i instytucjonalnych licencjodawców oraz Polskim Radiem, ZAIKS-em, PWM, POLMIC, IMIT a także NMC Records.

Celem projektu jest prezentacja pełnego obrazu polskiej muzyki współczesnej. Strona http://mapofcomposers.pl/ – dostępna w polskiej i angielskiej wersji językowej – prezentuje sylwetki uznanych rodzimych twórców muzyki XX i XXI wieku. Mapa sytuując kompozytorów w kontekście czytelnie zdefiniowanych nurtów kultury ukazuje wzajemne wpływy, inspiracje i zależności zachodzące pomiędzy nimi.

Poza krótkimi notkami biograficznymi, w profilach polskich twórców można znaleźć specjalnie wybrane ciekawostki, wysłuchać starannie wyselekcjonowanych fragmentów reprezentatywnych dla nich utworów oraz zapoznać się z analizą twórczości artystów, uwzględniającą techniki kompozytorskie, orientacje estetyczne oraz szkoły i ośrodki, z którymi dany kompozytor był związany. Jedną z największych zalet projektu jest sposób prezentacji tych informacji - graficzny aspekt serwisu, jak również jego interaktywność, zachęcają do eksplorowania mapy kompozytorów. Mapa Polskich Kompozytorów stanowi doskonałą bazę wiedzy na temat polskiej muzyki współczesnej, szczególnie dla polskich i zagranicznych artystów, krytyków, dyrektorów artystycznych instytucji kultury, organizatorów wydarzeń muzycznych czy naukowców.

Projekt jest częścią koordynowanego przez Instytut Adama Mickiewicza międzynarodowego programu kulturalnego, realizowanego w ramach Programu Wieloletniego NIEPODLEGŁA na lata 2017–2022. Dofinansowano ze środków MKiDN w ramach Programu Wieloletniego NIEPODLEGŁA.

Magdalena Mich

Więcej informacji o polskiej kulturze na świecie oraz biogramy twórców są dostępne portalu https://culture.pl/pl 

With Polish Music from the Baltic to the Atlantic

MKiDN

2019 marks the hundredth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and countries around the world. On this occasion the Polish Composers’ Union with its partners in Estonia and Portugal organises concerts of Polish music as part of the project “With Polish Music from the Baltic to the Atlantic”.

In 1918, the Republic of Poland regained independence after years of partitions. The state was rebuilding itself not only internally but also internationally, and the Government of the Second Polish Republic was establishing diplomatic relations with the most important partners. The concerts in Tallinn and Lisbon are organised on the hundredth anniversary of Poland establishing diplomatic relations with Estonia and Portugal.

On 14 July 2019 in Maarjamäe Castle in Tallin, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta under the baton of Andreas Mustonen will perform works by Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Krzysztof Penderecki and Maciej Bałenkowski as well as pieces by Estonian composers: Arvo Pärt, Lepo Sumera, Jaan Rääts, Pärt Uusberg and Peeter Vähi. The concert will take place as part of the Glasperlenspiel Music Festival organized by the Estonian Record Productions (ERP).

The Portuguese edition of the project will feature Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble under the direction of Pedro Neves. On 9 November 2019 at the O'culto da Ajuda in Lisbon, the ensemble will present works by Włodzimierz Kotoński, Wojciech Blecharz, Piotr Peszat, Karol Nepelski and Miguel Azguime – composer born in Lisbon, the current director of the centre for creation, development and promotion of contemporary music Miso Music Portugal.

The project “With Polish music from the Baltic to the Atlantic” is realized by the Polish Composers’ Union as part of the “Promotion of Polish culture abroad” programme. The events are co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a Micro-Opera Entitled "12 Minutes for Moniuszko"

ZKP

In connection with the year 2019 having been declared the “Year of Stanisław Moniuszko” by an act of the Polish Parliament, the Polish Composers’ Union and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera hereby announce the International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a micro-opera.

Moniuszko’s stage works take up many issues concerning the society and everyday life, as well as referring to contemporary events important for Poles. They combine drama with comic elements. They offer high-quality entertainment without compromising the aesthetic qualities. They wonderfully reflect the emotional states of the dramatic figures and the specific mood of each situation. They make excellent use of character interactions and of dramatic motives typical of the theatre, aptly represented by Moniuszko in music – through melody, instrumentation, and other musical components. The competition aims to achieve the same aims in our own times, using the adequate contemporary artistic tools. We want to revive, in present-day conditions, the specific idea of Moniuszko’s operas as musical dramas based on social topics.

The competition may be entered by music composers of all nationalities and without an age limit. Entering the Competition is free of charge. The entry submitted to the Competition should be sent only electronically by the end of 31st July 2019. The Competition consists of two Stages: in Stage One, maximum six Works will be selected to be staged in the Emil Młynarski Chamber Music Hall of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw; in Stage Two, the Works selected for production will be publicly performed during one Night of World Premieres on 14th December 2019, after which the winners of the Competition will be chosen.

The winner of the Competition shall receive a Grand Prix amounting to 40,000 PLN and the title of Winner of the Competition. The other composers of works staged during the Night of World Premieres shall receive Prizes amounting to 20,000 PLN each and the title of Prizewinner. Independently of the prizes listed above, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera Audience Award, amounting to 10,000 PLN, shall be presented, accompanied by the title of Audience Award Winner. 

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Warsaw | 47th ZKP Musicological Conference "The Past in Music – Music towards Tradition"

ZKP

On October 25-27, 2018, at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (26 Długa Street) will host the 47th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union "The Past in Music - Music towards Tradition".

The year 2018 is also the 70th anniversary of the Section of Musicologists of the Polish Composers' Union, therefore all of you are cordially invited to take part in the conference. The first panel session will be devoted to the history and present, and will feature Katarzyna Dadak-Kozicka, long-term chairwoman of the Musicologists Section, the author of the book Obrońcy dobra powierzonego, which talks about the beginnings of the ZKP and the Musicologists Section; Iwona Lindstedt, editor-in-chief of "Polish Musicological Yearbook," and Sławomir Żerańska-Kominek, editor-in-chief of "Musicology Today". The conference participants' lectures will also be devoted to issues in the history of music as well as etnomusicology, anthropology and sociology of music, incorporated in two complementary thematic areas, announced with the title of conference. The first one concerns various forms of the presence of music of the past in the culture of a given period, the second – the relation of music to a tradition identified with a given musical genre, a center, a region or a social group.

The conference is being prepared by the Program Committee composed of Agnieszka Draus, Paweł Gancarczyk, Barbara Przybyszewska-Jarmińska and the chairwoman of the SM ZKP Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska. The conference is organized in cooperation with the international research project HERA "Sound Memories: The Musical Past in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe" (www.soundme.eu). The project is financed under contract 1013 / P-DUN / 2018 from the funds of the Minister of Science and Higher Education designated for dissemination of science.

Admission to the conference is free.

DOWNLOAD: Program Konferencji.

Budapeszt | With Polish music in neighbouring countries

Budapeszt

A concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence will take place in the Óbudai Társaskör concert hall in Budapest on 4 November 2018, exactly one week before the National Independence Day in Poland.

The event is co-organized by the Polish Composers 'Union and the Hungarian Composers' Union. The Hungarian Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra under the direction of renowned conductor Mátyás Antal will perform Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The foreword will be delivered by the President of the Hungarian Composers' Union, Máté Hollós.

The programme of the concert includes: Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Minuet G Major, Op. 14, No. 1, Karol Szymanowski – Etude B Minor, Op. 4, No. 3 (both pieces arranged for string orchestra by Maciej Źółtowski), Zygmunt Krauze – Aus aller Welt stammende for 5 violins, 3 violas and 2 cellos (1973), László Király – March Hungarian Sounds, Maciej Bałenkowski – Sinfonietta No. 1 „Time is Ticking” (2014), Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń – These phrases... These songs... These arias... (2009). Admission free!

The project is financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Multi-annual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute "Cultural Bridges".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Generations XXI

ZKP

A concert from the series "Generations" – Generations XXI – will be held on October 28, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

Concerts from the "Generations" series are organized by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the Polish Radio Programme 2 and the ZAiKS Authors' Association since 2003. They present works of various Polish and foreign composers of the 20th and 21st century generations, artists who have been forgotten or badly represented, orchestral debuts, and premieres performed by experienced musicians.

During this year's 21st edition, we will hear such works as: Dziewczyna o płowych włosach for orchestra by Edward Pałłasz, Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra by Zygmunt Krauze who celebrates the 80th birthday this year, Fantasia luminosité for violin and orchestra by the Korean composer Eunho Chang, graduate of the FCUM. In addition, the concert will feature the world premiere of Duet → Solo for orchestra and electronics by Piotr Roemer and Parada Concerto for percussion and orchestra by Jan Oleszkowicz. Both works were written within the "Composing Commissions" programme, operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. Among the performers there are accordionist Maciej Frąckiewicz, drummer Miłosz Pękala, violinist Agata Szymczewska and Polish Radio Orchestra under the baton of Michał Klauza.

Concert organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme and the "Composing Commissions" programme and co-financed under the support programme of the German Music Competition – a project of the German Music Council. The patronage over the concert was taken byPWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project, promoting performances of Polish music.

Admission free!

Warsaw | I International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe "Eufonie"

Eufonie

11 concerts during 9 days in 5 concert halls. World-famous soloists and European orchestras. The Polish Composers' Union invites to the 1st International Festival of Central-Eastern Music 'Euphonie', which will take place from November 23 to December 1, 2018 in Warsaw.

"Eufonie" is a new music festival, referring to the tradition of the regional community of most countries today referred to as Central and Eastern Europe, stretching from the Balkans, through Romania and Austria, the Visegrad Group countries, the Ukraine and Belarus, to the Baltic countries, sometimes extended to Scandinavia. This area is a fascinating melting pot of influences from the East and the West, boiling with cultural energy which often determined the identity of nations deprived of their own countries.

During this year's edition – organized in the special year of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence – we will hear, among others, works by Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Béla Bartók, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Antonín Dvořák, and Arvo Pärt. There will be two premieres of works commissioned by the organizers: Catalog of Trees by Michał Jacaszek, Virpi Pahkinen and Thomas Strønen, and DoubleCelloConcerto by Hanna Kulenty. Among the performers: Zoltán Fejérvári, Laurence Foster, Aleksandra Kurzak, Félix Lajkó, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Leonard Slatkin, Akiko Suwanai, and outstanding orchestras: National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra. The Festival will be accompanied by the International Musicological Conference "National identities – European universality. Music and musical life in Central and Eastern Europe (1918-2018). "

The festival is organized by the National Center for Culture thanks to funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The partner of the Festival is the Polish Composers' Union. President of the Polish Composers' Union and director of POLMIC Mieczysław Kominek is the chairman of the programme board.

More information at: https://nck.pl/en/activities/i-international-music-festival-of-central-eastern-europe-eufonie

Warsaw | Presentation of a new website dedicated to Grażyna Bacewicz

Bacewicz

On September 21, 2018 at 4.00 p.m., in the Warsaw branch of the Polish Music Publishers (8 Fredry St.), the presentation of a new website dedicated to Grażyna Bacewicz will take place as part of the 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn".

"For people, I always have a cheerful face" – this sentence taken from a letter of Grażyna Bacewicz to brother Vytautas is almost a signature of the personality of the Polish composer, violinist, teacher and ... writer. This is how Bacewicz remained in the memory of people who knew her: a woman full of warmth and openness, but also completely absorbed in creative passion. In her music she unite idiomatic style features with new means of expression. As a violinist she amazed with technical ease, expressive temperament and purity of sound. She gave concerts, composed, traveled, held responsible positions in the Polish Composers' Uniion, and at the same time was a wife, mother, friend ... The ability to efficiently combine various activities she jokingly explained by having "a tiny, invisible motor" allowing her to do everything much faster than others.

All these faces of Grażyna Bacewicz – "the first lady of music" – will be revealed on the new portal, which is part of the POLMIC website. The presentation of the portal will be led by: the chairwoman of the Musicologists Section of the Polish Composers' Union dr Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska and musicologist Lech Dzierżanowski. During the presentation, rarely performed songs by Grażyna Bacewicz will be performed by a wonderful duo of outstanding musicians: Joanna Freszel and Bartłomiej Kominek.

Admission free!

The event is organised by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The website is available at: https://bacewicz.polmic.pl/