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


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"


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


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


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"


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


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/

Bratysława | Koncert z okazji 100-lecia odzyskania Niepodległości

BratyslawaKolejny koncert wpisujący się w obchody 100-lecia odzyskania niepodległości przez Polskę odbędzie się 27 września 2018 roku w studiu koncertowym Radia Słowackiego w Bratysławie. Wystąpi Słowacka Orkiestra Kameralna Bohdana Warchala pod dyrekcją Ewalda Danela.

Podczas wieczoru zabrzmią orkiestrowe opracowania Menueta G dur nr 1 z cyklu Humoresques de Concert op. 14 (1885-1887) Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego oraz Etiudy b-moll op. 4 nr 3 (1903-1904) Karola Szymanowskiego. Jak zaznacza Mieczysław Kominek, Prezes Związku Kompozytorów Polskich: "Obecność tych utworów w programie należy potraktować symbolicznie. Bez Paderewskiego i Szymanowskiego muzyka polska pierwszych dekad XX wieku byłaby zupełnie inna, ale obaj kompozytorzy reprezentowali różne epoki: Paderewski tworzył muzykę wzmacniającą tożsamość narodu bez własnego państwa, ambicją Szymanowskiego było budowanie europejskiej tożsamości Polaków, ale z pełnym szacunkiem dla tradycji. Paderewski zamknięty jest w narodowej tradycji i symbolizuje w muzyce kończący się okres polskiej niewoli. Szymanowski otwiera nową epokę i jest heroldem modernizmu, który rozkwitnie w latach sześćdziesiątych XX wieku takimi nazwiskami, jak Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki i Wojciech Kilar".

W programie koncertu znajdą się ponadto utwory współczesnych kompozytorów polskich: Orawa Wojciecha Kilara, Aus aller Welt stammende  Zygmunta Krauze oraz When the Morning Light Starts Glowing Hanny Kulenty. Wykonane zostaną także Pieśni z Zaolzia urodzonego w Cieszynie, a mieszkającego obecnie w Bratysławie Romana Bergera, symbolicznie łączącego Polskę i Słowację.

Organizatorami koncertu są Związek Kompozytorów Polskich, Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC, Instytut Polski w Bratysławie oraz Waves Bratislava o.z. Przedsięwzięcie sfinansowano ze środków MKiDN w ramach Programu Wieloletniego NIEPODLEGŁA na lata 2017-2021, w ramach programu dotacyjnego Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza „Kulturalne pomosty”.

Patronat medialny nad wydarzeniem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Dodatkowe informacje – na stroniewww.sosr.rtvs.sk/rozhlas

Więcej na temat wydarzeń związanych z polską kulturą na całym świecie: www.culture.pl 

Minsk | A musical journey through the century


A concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland will take place at the Belarusian State Philharmonic in Minsk on 18 March 2018 . The Classic-Avangard ensemble, directed by Wladimir Bajdow, will perform works by Polish and Belarusian composers.

The organizers of the concert are the Polish Composers' Union, the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC, the Polish Institute in Minsk and the Belarusian State Philharmonic. The project is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the grant program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute "Cultural bridges".

"With this concert, we want to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Poland's regaining independence in 1918. After 123 years of partitions, when Poland existed only in the hearts of Poles, the Republic returned to the map of Europe and the world as an independent country. In the program of the concert, we have works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a great pianist and an outstanding composer, but also a politician. Thanks to him, the cause of Poland's independence gained the support of the United States of America, and he himself was – albeit briefly – the first prime minister of the Polish government after regaining independence. The program also includes works by Karol Szymanowski, the most outstanding composer of independent Poland, reborn in 1918. At this time, Polish avant-guard was born, and Szymanowski was its father in the field of music. Zygmunt Krauze, a contemporary composer with an exceptionally expressive individual feature, also refers to the interwar avant-garde. He reaches for the pattern of "unism", the theory formulated by Władysław Strzemiński, one of the most important painters and theoreticians of that new Polish avant-garde, who regained independence. The works of these and other Polish composers are complemented by works of composers associated with Belarus. I am curious about Polish themes in their compositions, for example Dzmitry Łybin will present a piece entitled Journey from Cracow to Vienna" – noted Mieczysław Kominek, Managing Director of the Polish Composers' Union.

The management of the Belarusian State Philharmonic emphasizes: "This concert will be a musical gift for the neighboring Republic of Poland on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of independence and will once again confirm the long and close friendly relations between our republics."

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information – on the website of the Belarusian State Philharmonic.

More about events related to Polish culture around the world at: www.culture.pl 

With Polish music in neighbouring countries on the 100th anniversary of Independence

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"With Polish music in neighbouring countries on the 100th anniversary of Independence" is the title of the project which Polish Composers' Union and Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC pursue in 2018 as part of the "Cultural Bridges" programme.

The project includes the organization of three concerts of Polish music with partners from neighboring countries: Belarus, Slovakia and Hungary. The core of the repertoire of the concerts, which main goal is to promote Polish music in the context of the 100th anniversary of regaining Independence, are the works of Ignacy Jan Paderewski – one of the "fathers" of independence, Karol Szymanowski – who gave the reborn Polish music European fame, and Zygmunt Krauze – contemporary composer who refers to the idea of ​​Władysław Strzemiński's Unism. In addition, works by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Hanna Kulenty, Wojciech Kilar, Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń and Maciej Bałenkowski will be performed abroad. The programme will also include works by local composers referring to Poland and selected by foreign partners.

The performance of all concerts will be entrusted to local musicians and bands, including Classic-Avantgarde Ensemble under the direction of Vladimir Bajdov, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra of Bogdan Warchal under the direction of Ewald Danel and the Solti String Orchestra conducted by Mátyás Antál. This will create an opportunity to familiarize foreign performers with Polish music, which has a chance to remain permanently in their repertoire. Each concert will be preceded by a lecture prepared by a local expert, supported by the necessary source information provided by the organizers.

Venues and dates of the concerts: Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk (18/03/2018), Slovak Radio Building, Bratislava (27/09/2018), Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest (05/11/2018).

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".

More about events related to Polish culture worldwide: www.culture.pl 

Nowe utwory z krajów Grupy Wyszehradzkiej / New Works from Visegrád Group Countries (polmic 138)

nPłyta CD audio Nowe utwory z krajów Grupy Wyszehradzkiej / New Works from Visegrád Group Countries (polmic 138) jest zapisem uroczystego koncertu, który odbył się na Zamku Królewskim w Warszawie 15 września 2017 roku jako wydarzenie towarzyszące festiwalowi „Warszawska Jesień” z okazji jego jubileuszowej 60. edycji. Na program złożyły się utwory zamówione specjalnie na to wydarzenie u młodych kompozytorów z Polski, Czech, Słowacji oraz Węgier:

Jakub Szafrański Karpaty;

Martin Wiesner Raindrops on Plastic Rooftops;

Jana Kmiťová Gesichtsstudien;

András Gábor Virágh Metamorphosis.

Na płycie ukazały się wszystkie zaprezentowane wówczas kompozycje, w mistrzowskich wykonaniach Orkiestry Muzyki Nowej pod dyrekcją Szymona Bywalca.

Organizatorami koncertu byli: Związek Kompozytorów Polskich – Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC, Central European Music Forum CEMF oraz Narodowe Centrum Kultury; partnerami – Waves Bratislava, Związek Kompozytorów Węgierskich oraz Czeskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej. Wsparcia udzieliły: Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego RP, Fond pre umenie (Slovak Arts Council), a także Ambasady: Czeska, Słowacka oraz Węgierska. Wydarzenie odbyło się pod honorowym patronatem Ich Ekscelencji Ambasadorów Republiki Słowackiej i Węgier, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Republiki Czeskiej oraz MKiDN.

Płyta przeznaczona jest do celów promocyjnych, edukacyjnych i naukowych. Nie może być sprzedawana. Przekazywana jest nieodpłatnie zainteresowanym instytucjom i osobom, przy czym ze względu na bardzo mały nakład i duże zainteresowanie pierwszeństwo mają biblioteki muzyczne, gdzie będzie mógł z niej skorzystać większy krąg osób. Zainteresowanych prosimy o kontakt z Polskim Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC (kontakt: Izabela Zymer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Teksty w książeczce zostały opracowane w językach polskim i angielskim.