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Lucjan Kaszycki has passed away...

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

Results of Preliminary Round for Polish Candidates for the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

MKMPThe preliminary round for the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów, open to candidates who are holders of Polish citizenship or the Polish Ethnicity Card (Karta Polaka), regardless of place of residence, was held on 4 and 5 May 2021 in Warsaw.

The competition committee composed of Jarosław Drzewiecki, Andrzej Tatarski and Tadeusz Wojciechowski qualified pianists and chamber ensembles for the first stage of the 2nd International Competition of Polish Music Stanisław Moniuszko on 11-18 September 2021 in Rzeszów. The qualifiers of the preliminary round are exempted from the entry fee and are further awarded a scholarship sufficient to cover travel and accommodation costs incurred during the course of the Competition.

Please be reminded that the candidates who have not been successful in the auditions will still have a chance to take part in the Competition by applying through the regular procedure, regardless of nationality and age, until 31 May of this year.

The competition is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. The competition is financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport and is held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The competition belongs to the network of piano competitions of the Alink-Argerich Foundation.


The following pianists and chamber ensembles have qualified for the first stage of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów:

Read more: Results of Preliminary Round for Polish Candidates for the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International...

Virtuoso Harpsichord Online

DDKOn 6 May 2021 at 5.00 p.m., as part of the "Węglin" Distric Community Centre's series "Always Classical", harpsichordist Paulina Tkaczyk will perform forgotten and rediscovered polonaises of Polish composers from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as music of Marian Sawa.

We will hear polonaises by Józef Kozłowski, who worked in Poland (he was Michał Kleofas Ogiński's teacher) and in Russia, where he popularised this musical genre and wrote first choral polonaises; Karol Kurpiński, associated for many years with the National Theater in Warsaw, the author of music to the song Warszawianka; and Antoni Leopold, active at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Paulina Tkaczyk also aims at popularising works by Christlieb Siegmund Binder – a composer of the court of Augustus III – King of Poland and Elector of Saxony – and his grandson Frederick Augustus III. This artist was one of the most important precursors of the new musical aesthetics, which was born in the 18th century and led to the consolidation of the classical style. Richard Engländer wrote that in the Dresden circle Binder held the same position as Philipp Emmanuel Bach in Berlin. Binder was inspired, among others, by French music, which will also appear in the programme. We will hear works by Jacques Duphly and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer – teacher of the son and daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska.

The concert will end with Polish music of the 20th century: Marian Sawa's Burlesque of 1995.

Live streaming will be available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/187243169907596/ 

"REnew" album with music to the words of Marian Hemar

HemarThe Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk has prepared a special release: the album ODnowa [REnew] with music to the words of Marian Hemar – an outstanding poet, unequaled satirist, author of plays, brilliant sketches and monologues, as well as a great songwriter with over 3,000 songs to his credit written for the best interwar cabarets.

There is no doubt that the patriotic attitude of the author of Chlib Kulikowski is a living example of the values ​​that underlie the cultural and historical mission of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. Marian Hemar was an uncompromising patriot who was deeply devoted to his homeland. The Museum decided to commemorate this very talented and artistically prolific "Pole by choice" – as he used to say about himself. A composition competition for a vocal piece to the words of Marian Hemar aimed at popularizing his somewhat forgotten, but extremely beautiful and inspiring poems. Three winners have been selected from the many applications from students and graduates of Polish music academies: Agnieszka Zimny, Dawid Ludkiewicz and Piotr Pudełko. They wrote music to the poems Modlitwa [Prayer], Rozmowa z żołnierzem [Conversation with a soldier], and Testament Chopina [Chopin's Testament].

The competition was part of a larger project, which is an album with music to the words of Marian Hemar. It contains 17 of the artist's best works, selected from his rich oeuvre. New song arrangements were prepared by students, graduates and lecturers of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańśk under the supervision of Kamil Cieślik and performed by the Orchestra of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot under the baton of Wojciech Rajski, the Art'n'Voices ensemble and soloists: Marta Burdynowicz, Maria Malinowska, Karol Drozd and Jakub Kornacki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://muzeum1939.pl/ 

A concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising

FOThe concert on 7 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising. Soprano Katarzyna Trylnik and the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz will perform Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony No. 3: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.

This moving piece for soprano and orchestra will pay tribute to the insurgents fighting for the annexation of Upper Silesia to Poland and to all Silesians who died in this conflict. The anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising is an opportunity to reflect on the history of Silesia, as well as a reminder of the multiculturalism of this region, which, despite its difficult and painful past, has found its strength and wealth in its cultural diversity.

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 for soprano and orchestra, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is often mentioned as one of the most original masterpieces of 20th century music. The composer himself said: "Symphony No. 3 'Of Sorrowful Songs' was commissioned by the Baden-Baden Südwestfunk radio. I worked on it from 30th October to 30th December 1976. Its premiere took place at the 14th International Contemporary Art Festival on 4th April 1977. It was sung by Stefania Woytowicz with the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra under Ernest Bour. The Symphony consists of three songs, the first – and the longest one (ca. 27 minutes) – being a strict canon interrupted by a soprano invocation. Its theme uses a fragment of a Kurpie song from Father Władysław Skierkowski's collection. The second song – the shortest one – is a kind of a lamentation with a simple ABABC structure. The third song is a variation on an authentic folk tune from the Opole region from Adolf Dygacz's collection. I have dedicated the Symphony to my wife."

The concert will be available online on the Opole Philharmonic's YouTube channel from 7 May 2021.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

35th Warsaw Music Encounters

ZKPThe 35th anniversary edition of the Warsaw Music Encounters will be held on 7-12 May 2021. All concerts combining early and new music will be available for free.

The Warsaw Music Encounters have been organised since 1986 by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union. It is the only festival focused on the work of composers active in Warsaw. Its characteristic feature is the presentation of unknown works of early music. A combination of historical and contemporary music sometimes creates surprising contexts, inspiring composers to write new works based on the languages ​​of different eras. The festival provides an alternative to the "mainstream" repertoire presented daily in philharmonics and radio stations, and may also serve as an important supplement to it.

The programme of 2021 edition will include, among others, Polish multipercussion works performed by Hob-beats Percussion Group, compositions by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa sang by La Tempesta ensemble with the accompaniment of Leszek Lorent, mini-opera for children Opera dizziness, piano recital by Kuba Sokołowski with guest appearance of Szábolcs Esztényi, organ recital by Michał Markuszewski, as well as a concert by Sikora Piano Duo and the Łomża Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jan Miłosz Zarzycki.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Up-to-date information on concert admission will be posted on the Festival website: www.wsm.art.pl 

Deadline for submissions to the 2nd International Competition of Polish Music extended until 31 May 2021!


Due to the ongoing pandemic situation and the attendant restrictions, the organisers have decided to meet the candidates’ expectations and extend the deadline for submissions to the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music until 31 May 2021.

– We are in touch with the potential competition participants. In response to their feedback, we have consulted the members of the jury and agreed to extend the deadline for submissions by two weeks. We are well aware that, due to the current pandemic restrictions in different countries, some of the candidates may find it difficult to prepare, record, and submit a programme made up solely of Polish compositions – says Katarzyna Meissner, director of the Institute of Music and Dance.

The competition is open to musicians-instrumentalists who apply individually (pianists) and as chamber ensembles (from duos to twelve-person ensembles). There are no restrictions in terms of the age and nationality of the participants. During the competition, the musicians will present works selected from amongst those written by 56 Polish composers mostly active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The participants create a programme that they will perform in the successive stages of the competition.

The second edition of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów between 11 and 18 September 2021. The participants will contest for the total prize money in the amount of over eighty thousand euros to be won in two categories jointly. The Competition is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance in collaboration with the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów and funded by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of the Republic of Poland. The 2nd International Competition of Polish Music is under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. The Competition is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation.

Applications should be submitted by 31 May 2021 using the electronic forms:

Pianists: https://www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/applications/solo

Chamber Ensembles:https://www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/en/applications/bands


Kazimierz Kord has passed away...

KordThe Polish Composers' Union learned about Kazimierz Kord's death with great sadness. The distinguished conductor died on 29 April 2021 at the age of 90.

His artistic biography is a great chapter of Polish culture. In 1969-1973 he was director of the Great Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television, from 1977 to 2001 he was director of the Warsaw Philharmonic, in 2005-2006 he was music director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw. He performed at the most prestigious concert halls and opera houses in the world. At Metropolitan in New York he conducted, among others, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.

He had great merit in promoting contemporary music. He performed on numerous occasions at the "Warsaw Autumn", and in 1994 he initiated the "Lutosławski Forum" – a series of concerts at the Warsaw Philharmonic devoted to new music. He leaves us with many recordings – a lasting testimony to his conducting skills.

Hail to his memory!

Mieczysław Kominek
Predisent of the Polish Composers' Union

Czasław | 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition


The Oskar Kolberg Primary Music School in Czasław invites you to participate in the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition for students of primary music schools, which will be held on 5-6 June 2021 at the Teaching Centre in Sułkowice. The submission deadline is 10 May 2021.

The Competition aims to promote young talented students, popularize violin music and the work of Prof. Antoni Cofalik, a distinguished educator and author of numerous works for children and youth. The compulsory programme of the Competition includes works from the series by Antoni Cofalik: In the zooIn the circus and Aviary.

The auditions are open to students of first-degree music schools from all over Poland, both in the six-year and four-year cycle, playing the violin or viola, as well as students of other schools or art institutions.The organisers provide an accompanist. The participants will be judged by a jury chaired by Antoni Cofalik.

All participants of the Competition will receive commemorative diplomas, and the winners will receive material prizes. A special prize of prof. Antoni Cofalik will be granted to the best participant. The Winners' Concert will take place in the Concert Hall in Sułkowice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations and the application form are available for download on the websitewww.smczaslaw.pl