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Large collection of Krzysztof Penderecki's music available for free at Ninateka.pl


A unique musical collection dedicated to the artistic output of Krzysztof Penderecki, which contains almost all the composer's works, is available on the Ninateka portal. Almost 150 works are accompanied by the artist's statements, opinions of critics and musicologists. Inidividual playlists of their favorite works were created by, among others, Elżbieta Penderecka, Marek Moś, Antoni Wit and Paweł Mykietyn.

The largest online collection of Krzysztof Penderecki's compositions is available at https://ninateka.pl/kolcje/trzej-kompozytorzy/penderecki. The website was created in over 70% on the basis of digitized archival materials of the Polish Radio. A collection curated by dr hab. Iwona Lindstedt is a synthetic guide to the composer's work.

The collection also contains a number of additional text, iconographic and film materials, presenting the information on Krzysztof Penderecki's life and work, e.g. the origins or circumstances of creation of a given composition, prepared by a team of experts – musicologists and music lovers. Among them is a timeline juxtaposing the composer's achievements against the backdrop of significant socio-cultural events of the 20th and 21st centuries, which were reflected in the music he composed, or the "alphabet" – a series of short journalistic forms, which present interesting facts related to the artist's work and private life.

Undoubtedly, the most attractive part of this extremely valuable collection includes performances conducted by the composer himself.

"100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom" – online premieres at the PWM YouTube channel


Thanks to the PWM Edition, you can #stayathome and watch online premieres of the concerts orginised as part of the "100 for 100. Musical decades of freedom". Each concert starts with the Fanfare for the Independent Poland by Krzysztof Penderecki.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of regaining Independence, PWM organized an event unprecedented in scale. As part of the "100 for 100. Musical decades of freedom" project, in addition to promotional, educational and publishing activities, on one day, 11 November 2018, 11 concerts were held at the most important music centres in Poland.  Polish music since 1918 to 2018 was performed from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, through the Karol Szymanowski Krakow Philharmonic, to the Grand Theater – National Opera. On the same day, the works of composers from the "100 for 100" list were performed in 11 cities in the world by top-class artists specializing in contemporary music, such as ICE International Contemporary Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien or Ensemble Modern. A total of 100 works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries were performed on 11 November.

To meet the music lovers needs, PWM opens its archives and shares audio-video recordings of the selected concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of Independence. The online premieres will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the PWM YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PWMEdition

More information athttp://stonasto.pl/wydarzenie/lista 

Krzysztof Pendrecki has passed away...


Krzysztof Penderecki, an outstanding composer, ambassador of Polish music in the world and Honorary President of the Polish Composers' Union passed away on 29 March 2020 in Krakow, at the age of 86.

Krzysztof Penderecki is a phenomenon in the history of music, not only in Poland, but worldwide. In the music of the 20th century, no one has ever made a career like him. And no one has done it so fast! Maybe only Igor Stravinsky could be compared. And similar to Stravinsky's are the meanders of Penderecki's creative path. He was successful from the very beginning. When the Second Competition for Young Composers of the Polish Composers' Union was decided in 1959, after deciphering the emblems of anonymous scores, it turned out that the winner of the first, second and third prizes is the 28-year-old assistant at the Composition Department of the State High School of Music in Krakow – Krzysztof Penderecki! The awarded works were Strophes for soprano, reciting voice and 10 instruments, Emanations for two string orchestras and Psalms of David for mixed choir, string instruments and percussion.

The Strophes' score, performed at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival the same year, was taken by the German publisher Herman Moeck after the concert. Soon the work was performed all over Europe, and Penderecki received a commission from the famous Donaueschingen Festival. In 1960 he wrote 8'37" (that was the composition's duration), for which a year later he received an award at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. This work is now called Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and broadcast by radio stations around the world, while Penderecki becomes the leading representative of the musical avant-garde of that time. He confirms this position with extraordinary Fluorescences, performed for the first time in 1962 in Donaueschingen. In addition to the instruments of the great symphony orchestra, Penderecki introduced here a hanging sheet of metal to imitate thunder, whistles, pieces of glass and metal rubbed with a file, rattles, electric bell, saw, typewriter and alarm siren. Traditional instruments also sound unusual, because the sounds are extracted from them in a completely unconventional way.

Penderecki already knows the whole music world. At least it seems so ... until the premiere of St. Luke Passion in 1966 in Münster. It was a break with avant-garde radicalism. Penderecki wrote a work accessible to an ordinary music lover, with understandable content, construction and emotions. He said: "I don't care about how the Passion will be defined, whether it is traditional or avant-garde. For me it's just authentic. And that's enough. " Penderecki was himself in every work and was not bothered by the critics. And he was more and more criticised. Suffice it to say that his opera – sacra rappresentazione Lost Paradise, written in 1978, was considered as a pastiche of Wagner's music. It was not a compliment for Penderecki. However, he remained faithful to himself and wrote the music he wanted to write. He stayed himself ...

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference


The 49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference „Theory of Music / Musicology here and now. Resonance of the past – Contemporary challenges" will take place on 25-27 October 2020 at the Academy of Music in Kraków.

With reference to the conference's motto, the organizers suggest the following topics: Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?; Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work; Developing sensitivity and imagination; Music as a message; Music – word – sense ...; Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods... The list of possible issues is – of course – not closed.

Paper proposals with abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2020 (application form) to Natalia Szwab: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This time, the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union will combine papers into three-person panels. 10 minutes will be provided for each presentation in such panel, and after three papers (30 minutes) there will be 30 minutes for discussion. The applications will be reviewed by the Programme Committee composed of: Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Teresa Malecka, Agnieszka Draus, Natalia Szwab and Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska.

The conference fee is: PLN 400 (full amount), PLN 300 – for the members of the Polish Composers' Union. Pensioners and non-affiliated persons are entitled to an exemption from the conference fee. The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. The organizers provide full board, they also offer assistance in booking accommodation.

"Ignacy Jan and his plan" – a new PWM publication for children about Paderewski


On 2 April 2020 we will celebrate the International Children's Book Day. To honor this cheerful occasion, PWM Edition publishes another book about a great Polish composer.

Young music lovers have already had the opportunity to read about Stanisław Moniuszko, now it's time for Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The book was written by Katarzyna Huzar-Czub (a great poet and translator), and the illustrations were created by Zosia Dzierżawska. This beautifully illustrated booklet describes the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. We meet the composer as a child, when he decided to become a famous musician. You will ask – why? Not for fame, not for travel, not for money, but to implement a great plan – a plan to help Poland, which at that time was not on the world map.

Thanks to the verse form and colorful illustrations, children will make friends with Ignacy and learn that faith in their own abilities is a real treasure. Who was Ignacy? Someone who said, "When you want – you can."

More information at: https://pwm.com.pl/ 

Online premiere: Aleksander Tansman's Piano Concerto No. 1


On 30 March 2020 at 9.00 p.m. the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź invites you to jointly listen to the online premiere of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Alexander Tansman performed by Julia Kociuban and the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Przytocki.

The recording comes from the album Bacewicz. Tansman. Piano Concertos (DUX), which was nominated to the "Fryderyk 2020" Phonographic Academy award in the 'Classical music. Album of the year: concert music' category. The recording of the Alexander Tansman's concerto is a world phonographic premiere.

The history of Polish music knows many cases of instrumentalists and composers who spectacularly triumphed abroad, while collecting a number of negative or indifferent reviews in the country. This group of outstanding artists of the twentieth century undoubtedly includes Alexander Tansman – the artist who constantly won the hearts of listeners around the world (including France, the United States and Japan), while being completely marginalized in Poland. His Piano Concerto No. 1 was very well received in France.

The recording will be available on SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/filharmonia-lodzka

5th Piotr Perkowski Polish Composers' Competition

ZSM w Toruniu

The Foundation for Aid and Development of the Music School Complex in Toruń and the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex in Toruń announce the 5th Piotr Perkowski Polish Composers' Competition.

The competition is intended for students of secondary music schools in Poland and for composers born not earlier than 17 August 1999. The subject of the Competition is to compose a work in the form of a tango for string orchestra and 3 percussionists The work will be perform by a school orchestra, so the level of difficulty must be appropriate for students of the secondary music school. Work duration: 4-7 minutes.

The competition will consist of two stages. In the first stage, the Jury will select compositions that will be performed during the final concert, which will take place on 14 December 2020 in the Concert Hall of the Music School Complex in Toruń. The performance of the selected works in the second stage will be followed by the announcement of the winners.

The following prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st prize – PLN 800, 2nd prize – PLN 500, 3rd prize – PLN 350. The first prize-winning work will be performed during a gala concert as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Music School Complex in Toruń in September 2021.

The deadline for submitting the scores is 17 August 2020.

Rules of the competition are available at: https://bit.ly/2WJuWcQ 

#stayathome, let opera and ballet in!


Although the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera remains closed, it invites you to visit the Opera Gallery. Of course, without leaving your home.

The virtual 3D tour allows you to move in place and time and visit five exhibitions that were presented during the last two seasons: Władysław Hasior, Rajmund Ziemski, Viva Moniuszko!, Zbigniew Makowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Anatomy of Genius.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski was the most famous pianist of his time. He made excellent use of his extraordinary popularity and phenomenal contacts in the world of politics and finance by lobbying for the reconstruction of Poland. He later served as its first Prime Minister. As a French magazine puts it, Paderewski was a ‘double virtuoso’ – of the keyboard and of the rostrum. From the very beginning of his career he cultivated his image carefully. He had his photographs taken in the best ateliers of Warsaw, Vienna, and London. The media would marvel at his playing, paying special attention to the pianist’s expression and charisma. He appeared in commercials and gave thousands of autographs. What does it mean to ‘be a star’? According to the German musicologist Silke Borgstedt, it is not enough to compose and perform music. A star must be recognizable and awake sympathy, as well as consciously manage their image. They must be ubiquitous in the media, which not only portray, but also parody them.

At the Anatomy of Genius exhibition it will be possible to see how Paderewski’s fame originated and what allowed him to fight for Poland on the international arena so effectively. The exhibition presents the history of this great artist’s image – an artist who knew how to put his talent, intelligence and style to brilliant use. Original photos, newspapers and magazines, Paderewski’s personal items as well as numerous caricatures will allow us to trace the birth of a mass culture star, one of the first in history. A special place will be reserved for Manru, the only opera composed by Paderewski, and at the same time the only Polish opera to have been staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The exhibition is availablte at: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/galeria-opera/wystawy-201819/ignacy-jan-paderewski-anatomia-geniuszu/ 

"Beat the Virus with Music!" – Sinfonietta Cracovia's artistic and education offer


Due to the suspension of concert activity related to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Sinfonietta Cracovia presents a free artistic and educational offer for adults and young music lovers through its media channels. The "Beat the Virus wiith Music!" project consists of three modules.

"Virtual concert" is a musical journey in time. Every second day Sinfonietta will publish (premiere!) concert recordings with particular emphasis on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven – on his 250th birth anniversary – and the music of Polish artists. Every other day at 7:00 p.m. Sinfonietta invites you to its Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/SinfoniettaCracovia 

"Sinfonietka's karaoke", a project dedicated to children, will feature songs in the karaoke version with the possibility of singing and playing together. Every second day at 12:00 p.m. a new song by a Polish composer – from Wasowski to Penderecki – recorded by Sinfonietta in cooperation with the Children's Sinfonietta Choir will be published on the Orchestra's media channels.

"Virtual Master Courses" with Sinfonietta musicians are directed at pupils and students, as well as amateurs, who can register for individual violin, viola, cello and double bass lessons via instant messengers. All you have to do is send an application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a note on which instrument you play.

And also "Sinfonietka's competitions"! The best artworks inspired by Sinfonietta songs and the best video clips of karaoke performances will be posted on the Orchestra's media channels.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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