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Bogusław Schaeffer awarded posthumously the Great Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta


On 12 July 2019, President Andrzej Duda signed a decision to grant posthumously Order of Polonia Restituta First Class, the Great Cross, to Bogusław Schaeffer. Among Polish civilian awards, the Order is second only to the rarely awarded Order of the White Eagle.

Bogusław Schaeffer, one of the most original figures on the Polish music scene, has died on 1 July 2019 in Salzburg. His funeral will take place on 16 July at the Municipal Cemetery in Salzburg. During the ceremony, the outstanding composer and music historian will be posthumously awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Bogusław Schaeffer distinguished himself by extremely wide creative interests, a consistently avant-garde attitude and controversial aesthetic views. As a composer, he was very innovative and bold in experimenting with new forms, genres and types of music. As one of the first Polish artists, he took up electronic music. The first Polish musical happening was his work Non-stop (1960). He was also the first on in Poland to compose in the genre of instrumental theater in the TIS MW2 (1963) work written for the famous experimental group MW2. Almost in every work he solved a new compositional problem, challenging the Polish musical milieu and arousing lively discussions on new music. He was an outstanding theoretician of new music. His work New music. The problems of contemporary compositional technique (1958) remain the basic theoretical source in this field, and Introduction to Composition (1976) is the only one of its kind in the world literature. Stefan Kisielewski called Bogusław Schaeffer "the father of new music in Poland."

The city of Kraków will commemorate the Professor with a plaque in the National Pantheon in the St. Peter and Paul church's vault. In October, the 11th edition of the Scheaffer's Era Festival will take place in Warsaw, Łódź and Katowice. Each festival's performance will be a multimedia show combined with acting and exhibition of  Schaeffer's graphic works. Moreover, the premiere of Rehelsals (Próby) directed by Mikołaj Grabowski at the 'Polonia' Theater in Warsaw is planned for the autumn.

Polanica-Zdrój | 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music

Międzynarodowe koncerty

Organist Emanuel Bączkowski and accordionist Jakub Barycz will perform on 11 July 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Polanica-Zdrój as part of the 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music. The concert on 11 July will feature Marian Sawa's Lauds (Jutrznia) and organ improvisations by Emanuel Bączkowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: Festival Programme

CDs released by the National Forum of Music


The National Forum of Music passed its latest CDs with Polish contemporary music on to the Library of the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC:

Words Painted with Sounds (ACD 169-2, NFM 14)

FourTune. Polish flute quartets (ACD 187-2, NFM 19)

Lutosławski, Mykietyn | String Quartets (DUX 0950, NFM 23) De profundis (ACD 221-2, NFM 29)

Ubi caritas (ACD 238-2, NFM 45)

Witold Lutosławski | Opera Omnia 07: Children's Songs (ACD 242-2, NFM 46)

Jan Krutul. Zagrajmy w muzykę! (ACD 253-2, NFM 57)

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/nfm/wydawnictwa-plytowe 

Kraków | IAML Congress 2019


The Congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) will take place on 14-19 July 2019 at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The aim of the IAML Congress, the largest annual event of this type in the world, is the exchange of experience and presentation of scientific achievements of librarians and archivists as well as musicologists associated in IAML.

The IAML 2019 Congress is of international nature and will gather approximately 350 delegates from 40 countries, including 30 Polish speakers. The participants of the congress are musicologists, source experts, music librarians, archivists, scientific information specialists and musicians. Various musical institutions are represented, including departments and institutes of musicology, music departments of the largest national libraries, libraries of music academies and conservatories, music information centers, orchestral and radio libraries as well as music publishers.

The organizers place special emphasis on the scientific, cultural and educational aspects of the event. In addition to scientific sessions, there will also be workshops devoted to the new digital resources and tools. The Congress will be accompanied by an exhibition devoted to the history of the music collection at the Jagiellonian Library entitled "From theoretical treatises to composing masterpieces – music in the Jagiellonian Library over the centuries". There will also be a trade fair for music exhibitors.

The IAML 2019 Inauguration on 14 July will be accompanied by a concert of the Capella Cracoviensis ensemble. In addition, the programme of the Congress will include three concerts of Polish music, organized in Kraków's churches.

Only registered participants can take part in the congress events.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information available at: https://www.iaml2019.confer.uj.edu.pl/pl_PL/programme 

Katowice | Piano Tęźnia Festival

Piano Tężnia

From 14 July to 11 August 2018, piano recitals will take place in Katowice as part of a new local initiative – Piano Tężnia Festival.

The opening of a graduation tower in Zadole Park in April this year became an inspiration for the foundation of Piano Tężnia Festival. The originator of the construction of the object itself, which was supported by as many as 15,000 inhabitants within the participatory budgeting, was a resident of Ligota Adam Łęski. In July and August, this unique place will attract people not only by its microclimate, but also by piano music performed by Silesian pianists. Piotr Banasik, Zbigniew Raubo, Tymoteusz Bies, Joanna Domańska and Magdalena Lisak will play the Steinway pianos rented especially for the recitals.

Outstanding pianists and a rich repertoire of their performances, including compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Schubert, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, as well as expert comments given by well-known music theoreticians from Katowice will undoubtedly satisfy demanding music lovers.

Admission to all concerts in free.

Warsaw | 20th "Chopin – Górecki” Festival and Music Course

Chopin - Górecki

The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw invites you to take part in the 20th anniversary edition of the Festival and Music Course "Chopin Górecki", which will take place on 9-19 July 2019.

The event will fature individual lessons of piano, organ, string instruments, woodwinds, brass, accordion, harp, guitar, percussion, chamber music, vocal and composition with the best teachers, as well as concerts and lectures. The Festival gives the participants the opportunity to draw inspiration from the very source of the rich heritage of the greatest Polish composers from Chopin to Górecki.

The Inauguration Concert featuring the Kwadrofonik ensemble will take place on 9 July at 7.00 pm at the FCUM. The subsequent concerts will be given by cellist Tomasz Strahl, pianist Janusz Olejniczak, drummer Leszek Lorent and composer Dariusz Przybylski. Dr Aldona Nawrocka will give a lecture entitled Polish music of the twentieth century – from K. Szymanowski to P. Szymański, Prof. Andrzej Dutkiewicz will give a lecture entitle From Szymanowski to Górecki – Polish contemporary piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The lectures will feature a presentation of selected Polish piano pieces by contemporary composers. 
A concert of the course participants will take place at the end of the Festival .

More information at: https://www.chg.chopin.edu.pl 

Kraków | 12th Wawel at Dusk Festival


12th edition of the summer outdoor festival "Wawel at dusk" will be held on 6 July –31 August 2019.

The total of 9 concerts will take place in the illuminated courtyards of the Wawel Royal Castle: Arcade and Batory. The main theme of this year's edition – "Preserving Chopin" – will lead to presentation of music by "the ambassador of Polishness in the world" Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Witold Lutosławski. Polish music will be portrayed in the broad context of musical culture in different countries. In addition to the music of Maurice Ravel or Claude Debussy, the programme will include wroks by composers associated with Kraków: Artur Malawski, Adam Walaciński and Marcel Chyrzyński.

As every year, the concerts will feature famous artists such as conductor Łukasz Borowicz, pianists Kevin Kenner and Mariola Cieniawa, cellist Bartosz Koziak, sopranos Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha and Iwona Socha. The concerts will be also perforemed by young talented musicians, winners of significant music competitions: pianists Krzysztof Książek and Marcin Koziak, violinist Aleksandra Kuls, guitarist Dmytro Holovenko and orchestra CORDA Cracovia.

Full programme available athttps://wawel.krakow.pl/kalendarium-wydarzen 

Koszalin | 53rd International Organ Festival


The 53rd International Organ Festival organised by the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic – one of the largest and oldest festivals in Poland – will be held between 5 July and 30 August 2019.

The International Organ Festival returns to the cathedral in Koszalin. The 9 main concerts will be held there, featuring musicians from around the world: Poland, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Luxembourg, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Italy. Festival concerts will also take place in churches in Darłowo, Białogard, Bobolice, Dźwirzyno, Mielno, Szczecinek and Sarbinowo. The world-famous violinist Konstanty Andrzej Kulka will take part in the final concert.

During the inauguration concert, the Choir of the Koszalin University "Canzon", the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists under Karol Borsuk will perform works of Feliks Nowowiejski, Marian Sawa, Mieczysław Surzyński and Stanisław Moniuszko. The programme of the Festival also includes compositions by Adam Jarzębski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Czerniewicz, Maciej Śmietański, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Fryderyk Chopin. On 2 June, the vocal group Art'n'Voices will premiere choral works by Polish composers of the young generation: Marek Raczyński and Jakub Szafrański.

Full programme available at: http://filharmoniakoszalinska.pl/ 

Kraków | 15th Festival of Polish Music


The 15th an­ni­ver­sa­ry Fe­sti­val of Po­lish Mu­sic will be held on 5-20 July 2019 in Kraków.

The Fe­sti­val has be­en or­ga­ni­zed sin­ce 2005 by the Po­lish Mu­sic As­so­cia­tion, fo­un­ded by a gro­up of mu­si­co­lo­gi­sts, cul­tu­re ma­na­gers and mu­sic lo­vers. The es­sen­ce of the fe­sti­val is not on­ly to pre­sent va­lu­able works by Po­lish com­po­sers, writ­ten from the Mid­dle Ages to the pre­sent day, but al­so to con­trast them with the world's mu­sic and di­splay them in va­rio­us con­te­xts. The or­ga­ni­zers aim to mo­bi­li­ze the cre­ation of com­po­si­tio­nal art by com­mis­sio­ning and pre­mi­èring works of con­tem­po­ra­ry mu­sic.

To da­te, the fe­sti­val's stars ha­ve in­c­lu­ded pia­ni­sts Ivo Po­go­re­lich and Ni­co­lai Kho­zy­ainov, worl­d-fa­mo­us vio­li­nist Ni­gel Ken­ne­dy, as well as the Aca­de­my of St.-Mar­ti­n-i­n-the­-Fields, the Lon­don Sin­fo­niet­ta, Elż­bie­ta Choj­nac­ka, Aki­ko Su­wa­nai, Piers La­ne, Pe­ter Ja­blon­ski, Jo­na­than Plow­ri­ght, Gri­go­ri Zhy­slin and ma­ny others. Such di­stin­gu­ished per­so­na­li­ties on the Po­lish mu­sic sce­ne as Krzysz­tof Pen­de­rec­ki, Agniesz­ka Ducz­mal and Je­rzy Mak­sy­miuk ha­ve al­so ap­pe­ared, and the Fe­sti­val has ho­sted such di­stin­gu­ished com­po­sers as Woj­ciech Ki­lar, Hen­ryk Mi­ko­łaj Gó­rec­ki and Pa­weł My­kie­tyn.

This year's anniversary edition will feature eight concerts and a performance of Stanisław Moniuszko's Halka in Italian. The programme will also include Polish contemporary music. On 14 July, the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Franck Chastrusse will perform works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Emil Młynarski. On 18 July, Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jurek Dybała will present works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Feliks Janiewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Tadeusz Baird, and Mieczysław Weinberg.

Full programme available at: http://www.fmp.org.pl/