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Musical Meeting "Schaeffer electronically"

SchaefferThe concert "Schaeffer electronically" will be broadcast on 19 January 2021 at 2.00 p.m. on RadioJAZZ.FM as part of the JazzPRESSjonizm show led by Piotr Wickowski, editor-in-chief of the JazzPRESS magazine. It is a musical fusion of seemingly distant high and alternative cultures, showing their common, experimental roots.

The electronic music concert based on the work of Bogusław Schaeffer is a part of the 12th edition of the "Schaeffer's Era" festival and complements the main event, which took place on 23 November 2020 as an online broadcast of the play "Schaeffer's Planet" connecting artists from L.A. and Warsaw. The concert is organised on the initiative of the Aurea Porta Friends of Arts Foundation, which deals with the promotion of contemporary art, and in particular with the promotion of Bogusław Schaeffer's artistic output. The aim of the project "Schaeffer electronically" is to reach a new audience with Schaeffer's music – enthusiasts of contemporary art in Poland and abroad, including young people – on the example of live art in a multidisciplinary version of electronic music creators. The recorded material will be available after the radio broadcast on social media channels (YouTube, Facebook) of the Aurea Porta Foundation.

As part of the "Schaeffer electronically" event, musicians Mateusz Adamczyk and Piotr Zaufal will perform 8 pieces for piano part II, Monosonata, Streichquartett, 4H / 1P, Equivalenze Sonore, Course Jazz, Collage and Form from the repertoire of Professor Schaeffer. Both artists were nominated for the Fryderyk Award in the category of classical chamber music for the album Magia del Tango, recorded with Marcin Wyrostek and the Corazon band, with whom they have been taking part in the "Schaeffer's Era" festival for several years. Mateusz Adamczyk – instrumentalist, violinist, session musician, operates between various musical genres, from classical and jazz to electronic music. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice and Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Piotr "Cufal" Zaufal – bassist, arranger, session musician (he has recorded about 30 albums in bands from Silesia), graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He has played over 700 concerts with Marcin Wyrostek in the bands Coloriage and Corazon, over 50 concerts with Kayah, about 30 concerts with Mateusz Adamczyk and the international group The Johny Freelance Experience.

The project was carried out in cooperation with the National Centre for Culture and was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and co-financed by the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Self-Government.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://aureaporta.eu/

GRaMuz at aMuz!

GraMuzOn 14-28 January 2021 the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk will present a series of online chamber concerts entitled "GRaMuz". The programme will include works by Artur Malawski and Władysław Żeleński.

"GRaMuz" is a series of online chamber concerts performed by students and teachers from all faculties of the Gdańsk Academy of Music, who present works they are currently working on. Premiere materials will be published on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. on the Academy's YouTube channel and will be available until the next event is published.

On 18 January students of the Chamber Music Department will perform Malageuna by Ernest Lecuona, Suite from the ballet Sleeping Beauty by Piotr Tchaikovsky arranged for piano duo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2 by Joseph Haydn, Trio in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms and the first movement of Piano Trio by Artur Malawski. The concert on 21 January entitled "Władysław Żeleński – Moniuszko's successor" will be performed by students of the solo singing class of prof. Jadwiga Rappé. We will hear songs and duets by Władysław Żeleński..

Full programme is available at: https://www.amuz.gda.pl/ 

Academy of Music in Łódź: New Year's Concert for the Łódź Scientific Society

AMFollowing several years of tradition, the Academy of Music in Łódź will celebrate the beginning of the New Year with a concert co-organised by the Łódź Scientific Society. The event will be broadcast online on Saturday, 16 January 2021 at 6.00 p.m. on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The concert broadcast live from the Academy's Concert Hall will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź under the baton of Jacek Rogala. The concert programme will include Krzysztof Penderecki's Ciaccona in memoria Giovanni Paolo II per archi. The piece dedicated to the memory of the Polish Pope was included by the composer in his monumental Polish Requiem. The completed work was first performed on 17 September 2005 in Wrocław during the Wratislavia Cantans festival by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice under the direction of the composer himself.

During the New Year's concert we will also hear orchestral works of Viennese classics: Symphony No. 16 in C major KV 128 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Cello Concerto in C major Hob. VII B: 1 by Joseph Haydn. The solo part will be performed by Michał Balas – a cello student of prof. Stanisław Firlej.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/

Carnival Concert at Warsaw Philharmonic – live online streaming

logoThe Warsaw Philharmonic invites you on 15 January 2021 at 7.30 p.m. to an online carnival concert. It will be an event postponed from 8-9 January, which will take place without the audience.

2021 marks the 110th birthday and 30th death anniversary of Stefan Kisielewski – a composer and writer who was remembered by many generations of Poles as an outstanding political journalist, expressing his opposition to the absurdities of the communist system in allusions, metaphors and language games. Kisielewski, a graduate of the Warsaw Conservatory, was also the author of many chamber and symphonic works, in which he expressed his taste for neoclassical music – simple in form, sometimes of sharp harmony, permeated with musical humor. This is what Little Overture from 1953 is like.

Michał Spisak was one of the most ardent representatives of neoclassicism, a style that in the first half of the 20th century was a reaction to the overly emotional nature of romantic music. From the time of his studies in the 1930s, the artist lived in Paris, but he maintained relations with Poland. A minor example of Spisak's musical preferences are Three Miniatures for Small Orchestra from 1949. The titles of the subsequent miniatures are: Gavotte, Arietta and March.

During the concert, we will also hear Theme with Variations, Op. 42 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op. 33 for cello and orchestra and Seasons, Op. 37a by Piotr Tchaikovsky as well as two quadrilles by Johann Strauss (son) – Fledermaus-Quadrille, Op. 363 and Maskenball-Quadrille, Op. The 272. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz, with cellist Karolina Jaroszewska-Rajewska performing as a soloist.

Tickets for the live online broadcast are available here: live.bilety24.pl

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/aktualnosci_en/carnival-concert---live-online-streaming/

"Alla Polacca" –The first Polish CD with music for guitar and harp duo

Alla Polacca"Alla Polacca" is the title of the first Polish album containing Polish music for the guitar-harp duo. The pieces on the album were recorded by the unique ACh Duo, formed by guitarist Aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski, a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and harpist Noemi Hańczyk, a graduate student at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. The premiere of the album, released by the Association for Polish Guitar Music Development under the small great music (QBK) record company, will take place on 15 January 2021.

The name of the disc is inspired by the title of one of the parts of Suite in modo polonico by Alexandre Tansman, which was included on the album in an original arrangement for guitar and harp, made by the composer himself. The recording of Suite is the very first full recording of this piece in the world – it was never fully recorded after its creation. The album also contains original transcriptions of Fryderyk Chopin's works arranged by Anna Wołowczyk (Prelude in D flat major, Op. 28 No. 15) and by the performers themselves (Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2). The entire publication is complemented by compositions played solo by the artists – Grzegorz Jurczyk's Fogbound Mountains for guitar (2013) and Roman Ryterband's Deux images for harp (1943).

The artists of Ach Duo began their collaboration in 2012 during their studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music School Complex in Szczecin under the guidance of guitarist Piotr Pałac. Ever since, the duo has been winning recognition at national and international festivals. In 2018 the musicians intensified their collaboration, which led to their current achievements, including 1st place at the International Harp Competition Suoni d’Arpa in Saluzzo (Italy, 2018), as well as 2nd place at the International Harp Competition Marcel Tournier in Cosenza (Italy, 2018) and 3rd place at the II International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti" in Samobor (Croatia, 2020) that came with the special audience prize of a recital in Croatia in 2021. The duo’s repertoire features both harp and guitar pieces by such composers as Alexandre Tansman and Máximo Diego Pujol and their own musical arrangements. The unusual combination of musical instruments and the original repertoire define ACh Duo’s uniqueness as the only ensemble of its kind actively performing in Poland.

The album is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of The "Musical trace" program implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.AChDuo.com; https://facebook.com/AChDuo 

Stage for Polish Music: Chopin Piano Quintet

FilharmoniaThe Chopin Piano Quintet will perform in the "Stage for Polish Music" series on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce.

The Chopin Piano Quintet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. They were united by their passion for chamber music and the desire to create unique musical interpretations thanks to the use of sound possibilities of a piano quintet. Awards in international competitions opened them the way to concert halls in Poland and Europe. Intensive activity resulted in invitations to international festivals, incl. Quartetto di Bergamo, XX International Chamber Music Festival Lago di Garda 2015, Val Tidone Festival in Italy, Emanacje Festival in Lusławice. In 2016, the ensemble's DVD with Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich's piano quintets was released by the DUX label.

The piano quintet is one of the most intriguing genge of chamber music: the fusion of two organisms that are essentially separate, self-sufficient and at the same time perfect. The programme of the upcoming concert will include Grażyna Bacewicz's Piano Quintet No. 1 of 1952. It is a work of exceptionally strong expression which highlights characteristic features of Bacewicz's musical idiom. The second movement is in the rhytm of an Oberek, the composer's favourite Polish folk dance. References to folklore and neoclassical stylistics characterized the work of Szymon Laks. His compositions are also burdened with the nightmare of wartime camp experiences. The Piano Quintet of 1960 is a version of the String Quartet No. 3 "On Polish Folk Themes", written just after the war in Paris. It is the voice of an artist who "survived thanks to music", an eyewitness to the clash between culture and barbarism. Juliusz Zarębski's Quintet of 1885 is a masterpiece of mature romanticism. Showing a fascination with Schubert and Liszt and being stylistically ahead of Dvořák, it remains a completely original work. The four parts of the Quintet create an amazing unity in diversity. Connected by a leitmotif, they open up a rich world of emotions: from an intimate confession to triumph and ecstasy.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance, financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_12.01.21.html 

#Elektrofonia. Chopin University Electronic Music Studio Students Concert


The Chopin University Electronic Music Studio students concert will be held online on 11 January 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The programme will include works prepared by students of composition.

We will hear Electra for voice and computer by Jakub Kaczmarek to the text of Electra by Euripides, spAcE for cello and tape and ansia for tape by Jan Wachowski, The Weather for tape by Vili Polajnar, Coś#213 for cello and computer by Andrea Yakuszau, Anemoi for bass flute and tape by Marcin Molski, l'Apocalipse Arab for voice, live electronics and video by Robert Prokopowicz to poems by Etel Adnan.

Performers: Aleksandra Klimczak – solo soprano, Mateusz Błaszczak – cello, Piotr Rościszewski – cello, Marcin Molski – bass recorder, Robert Prokopowicz – voice, live electronics. Artistic supervision: Wojciech Błażejczyk.

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www.droba.polmic.pl - a new website devoted to Polish music theorist and critic

Kultura_w_sieci_2020_300On the initiative of the programme board of the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music, whose members were Krzysztof Droba’s colleagues and friends a new website – www.droba.polmic.pl was created, devoted to Krzysztof Droba. It is the Polish Composers’ Union’s first website dedicated to a music theorist and critic.

The first public presentation of the new website took place during the 49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference, on October 26th, on the internet platform of the Academy of Music in Cracow - the conference co-organiser - and was broadcast to Vimeo. 

The Polish Composers’ Union gives its sincere thanks to all the persons and institutions whose assistance and commitment have made this project possible, and in particular:

• the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, for making photographs of state decoration ceremonies available;
• our colleagues from the Lithuanian Composers’ Union, especially to Ruta Stanevičiūtė, Onutė Narbutaitė, Vytautas Landsbergis, and Feliksas Bajoras, for their inestimable support in documenting Krzysztof Droba’s work in the field of Lithuanian music and sharing memories;
• experts: Professors Teresa Malecka and Eugeniusz Knapik, for their support;•
Eva Maria Jensen, Maria Wiktoria Hübner, and Kazimierz Płoskoń, for sharing photos;•
composers, performers and the publisher: PWM Edition, for their kind permission to make recordings of works dedicated to Krzysztof Droba available on our website;
• all those who have agreed to share their memories of Krzysztof.

We are particularly grateful to Mr Bogusław Droba, Krzysztof’s brother, for kindly sharing with us his memories and materials from the family collection.

Academy of Music in Cracow
Academy of Music in Lodz
Lithuanian Composers Union
PWM Edition

Subsidised by the National Centre for Culture under the programme Kultura w sieci.

More: "About the project"

Roman Berger's jubilee album


For the 90th birthday of its Honorary Member Roman Berger, the Polish Composers' Union – in co-operation with the National Centre for Culture Poland and thanks to support from the Society of Authors ZAiKS – released a CD with a monumental work of this great composer and philosopher entitled Missa pro nobis.

Roman Berger was born in 1930 in Cieszyn, Poland, in the family of Józef Berger, a doctor of theology and evangelical minister in Český Těšín (in the disputed region of Zaolzie) and a wartime prisoner of concentration camps in Auschwitz and Dachau. After graduating from the Polish secondary school in Český Těšín, in 1949 Roman Berger entered the State High School of Music in Katowice, studying piano with Marta Furmanik and music theory with Jan Gawlas. In 1952, his family was forced to move to Bratislava, where he resumed his studies at the Academy of Music and Drama, first as a pianist and later as a composer in the class of Dezider Kardoš (1961–1966). He has never come back to live in Poland, and Slovakia became his new homeland.

In an essay prepared for the CD booklet, Roman Berger wrote:

The (confidential) message that the Polish Composers’ Union was going to release my Missa pro nobis on CD moved me greatly, [...] Classical (and even more pop) music, especially sacred compositions, are not written for our own pleasure (“so that it feels nice,” as stated in Sławomir Mrożek’s Émigré). I therefore took this message as an expression of the PCU management (presided over by Mieczysław Kominek) solidarity with the message of my work, intended as a response to St John Paul II’s ‘commandment’ which the Holy Father put forward in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust (let me quote from memory): “Let people dare to sing today, as long as their song will be a lament, a protest, or a sign of hope”.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the National Centre for Culture and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Records issued by POLMIC are intended for promotion, education and scientific research only. They are not for sale. They are provided free of charge to interested institutions and individuals, but due to the very small circulation and large interest, music libraries have priority, where a larger group of people can benefit from each set. If you are interested, please contact the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC (Izabela Zymer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).