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6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" ‒ verdict!

SC6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" has been settled and winners have been selected.

The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia had announced the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki", dedicated to the memory of Maestro associated with the Orchestra from the very beginning of its existence. Competition was aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra. The subject of the Competition was an original piece entitled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki for a string orchestra and percussion (max. ensemble formation 6-5-4-4-1 / perk. 3).

We have the pleasure to announce, that the jury of the 6. International Composition Competition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki, consisted of: Elżbieta Penderecka ‒ Honorary Chairwoman, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński i Jurek Dybał, has reached its verdict, awarding the first prize ex æquo to Mr. Andrea Mattevi (Italy) and Mr. Robin Lilja (Sweden) for compositions both titled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki.

The compositions of the first prize laureates will receive its premiere during the 6th edition of the Sinfonietta Festival, which dates will announced in the next few weeks.

Our congratulations go out to the winners!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Miejsca wspólne. Virtual Festival of Polish Contemporary Music

Miejsca wspolneFrom the July 11th to September 2020 we will be able to experience equivalent of musical festival without leaving our homes. The festival is based on the idea of creating a “common place”, in which people will be able to listen to more or less known Polish contemporary composers, learn about the work of Polish composers and discover young Polish performers – all of this connected with the key of topoi, loci communes, common places such as: love, death, nature, ritual dream, labirynth, fairy tales, past and future.

The festival, which will consist of 9 virtual concerts, will be hosted on http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ for 3 months. The concerts will be created using existing – new and upcoming – pieces of contemporary compositions. Each of them will be accompanied by an original programme essay, touching upon the themes relevant to the selected works, which will help to understand and experience the music more deeply. The programme assumptions are "3x Poland": a cross-sectional view of Polish contemporary music creators – from the classics of the 20th century to the youngest generation of artists; bringing out the work of female composers and only Polish performers – ensembles and soloists specialising in the performance of contemporary music. The event will include Music Criticism Workshops.

Implemented as part of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Kultura w sieci”.

Karolina Dąbek

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information on the website: http://miejscawspolnefestiwal.pl/ 

The position of the Polish Composers' Union on the reprographic fee for smartphones

Warsaw, 3 July 2020

Karta wolności w sieciIn connection with the announcement by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda of the "Freedom Card on the Web", the Polish Composers' Union presents its position on the fifth point of this Card "Not for smartphone tax".

1. Financial resources obtained from the reprographic fee, which includes a fee for smartphones, are intended to compensate authors for their works downloaded to smartphones by their users. These financial resources will partly contribute to the pension fund for artists who are not covered by the Social Security Association pension system. It is worth adding that these are usually people with low and usually sporadic incomes.

2. Artistic environment is struggling to add smartphones to the existing list of devices covered by the reprographic fee for years. Recently, work on the preparation of relevant regulations has been successfully completed. These works were carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which for years has been declaring full support for the implementation of postulates of artistic environment regarding the introduction of smartphones on the list of devices covered by the reprographic fee.

The Polish Composers' Union appeals to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to withdraw the possible intention to block the relevant regulations regarding the case discussed.

Mieczysław Kominek, President of the Polish Composers' Union

The ZKP – POLMIC library has been awarded the status of a scientific library!

POLMICThe Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union – Polish Music Information Center POLMIC received the status of a scientific library.

Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński on the basis of the regulation of April 2, 2012 on the method and procedure for classifying libraries as part of some scientific libraries and determining their list (Dz. U. z 2016 r. poz. 137, z późn. zm.) awarded the Music Library of the Polish Composers' Union – Polish Music Information Center POLMIC the status of a scientific library.

The application for inclusion in the scientific libraries previously was positively assessed by the National Library Council.

At present, 33 libraries classified as scientific libraries in the whole country have been included in the list constituting an attachment to the Ministry's regulation.

The list of libraries is available on the website https://www.bn.org.pl/index.php/aktualnosci/4025-polskie-centrum-informacji-muzycznej-polmic-biblioteka-fonoteka-zwiazku-kompozytorow-polskich-zaliczona-do-bibliotek-naukowych.html 

7th Festival "Music in Warmia and Żuławy"


A good reason for music lovers to visit Warmia and Żuławy is the 7th edition of the "Music in Warmia and Żuławy" Festival, which will take place on 9-10 July 2020 in different Gothic churches of the region. Festival concerts will be performed by the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michał Krężlewski.

The St. Bartholomew Church in Pasłęk and St. Nicholas Cathedral in Elbląg will be filled with music from different countries and periods. The programme will include, among others, Romance No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Navarra, Op. 33 by Pablo Sarasate as well as Hombark Concerto by Sławomir Czarnecki. The musicians of the Elbląg orchestra will perform both together and as soloists.

Admission to all festival concerts, held in accordance with the directions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Katowice | Online premiere of Paweł Mykietyn's new work


The first performance of Paweł Mykietyn's latest work Chorale and Canon will take place on 10 July 2020 at 7.30 p.m. during an online concert from the "Polish Radio Choir – Music Dedications" series at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Although the official ending of the 2019/2020 concert season is behind us, online holiday concerts will be held at the NOSPR concert hall. On 10 July Polish Radio Choir conducted by Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka together with musicians of the New Music Orchestra will present Paweł Szymański's Lux Aeterna for 24 singers and instruments, Arnold Schönberg's Friede auf Erden, Op. 13, Arvo Pärt's Da pacem Domine and Herbert Howells' Requiem. The ensemble will also perform for the first time Paweł Mykietyn's Chorale and Canon to words by Leyla Daryoush.

The link to the live broadcast will be published on 10 July.

Co-financed by the City of Krakow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/koncert-online-chor-polskiego-radia 

Lusławice | 8th Emanacje Music Festival


The eighth edition of the Emanacje Music Festival will be held in Lusławice between 5 July and 30 August 2020. The inaugural concert will include works by Krzysztof Penderecki performed by chamber musicians of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Music lovers will have the opportunity to rediscover Lusławice, also in virtual space, take part in various concerts and meetings with great performers. Above all, however, the 8th Emanacje Festival will pay tribute to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki, a great Pole, Patron and Founder of the European Centre for Music.

Artist – Work – Meetings. These key words open up a universe, in which the composer's heritage resonates with thousands of sounds. This year's Festival will be an emanation of the timeless presence of Krzysztof Penderecki in his beloved Lusławice, where the Artist realized his visionary ideas: an impressive park dedicated to young musicians of the Centre, subsequent works enthusiastically received around the world.

Penderecki's chamber and solo works will be performed by leading Polish ensembles and soloists and their recordings will be made available online, gradually filling up the widely available content of the festival website. The Festival will also include a permanent multimedia exhibition entitled "Krzysztof Penderecki – Heritage of Polish Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries", presenting the artist and his work in the context of the achievements of Polish composers of the last century. The opening of the famous Lusławice Arboretum, which is the fruit of Krzysztof Penderecki's long-term passion and contains a unique dendrological collection on a European scale, will be a special event accompanying this year's Festival. A unique park setting will also become a scenery of part of festival concerts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Licheń | 2nd "Basilica sonans" International Licheń Organ Music Festival


Andrzej Chorosiński's concert entitled "Music and Word" will inaugurate the 2nd "Basilica Sonans" International Licheń Organ Music Festival on 5 July 2020. Festival concerts will be held every Sunday at 2.30 p.m. until 30 August.

The organ of the Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń are currently the largest instrument in Poland and the fourth largest in Europe. In the world ranking they are in 10th place among sacred instruments. They were designed by Andrzej Chorosinski and are composed of 5 independent sections, arranged in several places.

As part of the "Basilica sonans" Festival, well-known European organists will present works by, among others, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, as well as Fryderyk Chopin, Feliks Nowowiejski and Mieczysław Surzyński.

The inaugural concert dedicated to St. John Paul II on his100th birth anniversary will include Bach's Toccata in D minor, Chopin's Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7 and nocturnes, Surzyński's Elegy in F sharp minor by M. Surzyński and the finale of Guilmanta's Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42. The programme will also include St. John Paul II's texts read by Michał Chorosiński, well-known theater and film actor, who played young Karol Wojtyła in Renaissance Psalter.

Organ music lovers who cannot come to Licheń will be able to follow the concerts thanks to a live broadcast from the Licheń Basilica on the website http://www.lichen.pl/, as well as on YouTube and Facebook.

Olsztyn | 42nd Feliks Nowowiejski Olsztyn Organ Concerts

Olsztynskie Organowe

The next edition of the popular series of organ music concerts – 42nd Feliks Nowowiejski Olsztyn Organ Concerts – will run from 5 July to 30 August 2020 in the St. Jacob's Cathedral Basilica in Olsztyn.

All concerts will traditionally take place at 8.00 p.m. This year's edition will be a real treat not only for lovers of classical music. The programme of the event is very diverse, including many works by Polish composers. The inaugural concert will feature Toccata from the 3rd Organ Symphony, Op. 45 and poem Roses for Sappho, Op. 51 by Feliks Nowowiejski, as well as Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess, Op. 31 by Karol Szymanowski, arranged for soprano and organ by Agnieszka Tarnawska. The series will also include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Zygmunt Noskowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Aleksander Tansman and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Among the performers will be organists Agnieszka Tarnawska, Andrzej Szadejko, Michał Kocot, Paulina Kocot, Adam Sadowski, Arkadiusz Bialic, Łukasz Mosur, Marcin Kucharczyk, Jan Mroczek, Jarosław Tarnawski, Filip Presseisen, as well as soprano Magdalena Tokajuk, trumpeter Paweł Hulisz, violist Marta Jezierska, saxophonist Aleksandra Mańkowska and Partes – Orthodox Chant Chamber Ensemble.

During the concerts, there is an obligation to cover your mouth and nose.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/696697201150940/