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"Polskie Muzyczki" – season 3: educational films about Polish composers

Polskie MuzyczkiThe Life and Art Foundation invites you to the third series of educational films about Polish composers, "Polskie Muzyczki" [Polish Women Musicians]. New episodes will be posted every Saturday from 24 April 2021 on the project's YouTube channel.

The project idea was born before the pandemic. Joint concerts of clarinet player Barbara Borowicz and pianist Anna Miernik were preceded by lectures aimed at introducing the performed music. Currently, instrumentalists have temporarily transferred some of their activities to the Internet. The idea of ​​their online project is to create a series of educational films dedicated to Polish composers, which are posted on YouTube and Facebook to watch for free. The artists want to pursue the idea of ​​"learning through play" –  their short film episodes contain high-quality content presented in a light and pleasant form of a dialogue between the pianist and clarinetist, who are also friends.

The third season of "Polskie Muzyczki" will start with an episode devoted to Krzysztof Penderecki on the 1st anniversary of his death. The series will also include interviews with Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska and Łukasz Woś. The remaining videos will talk about Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Karol Kurpiński and Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński. Facts from the history of music will intertwine with funny anecdotes, thus making the materials more accessible to an average audience and helping to break the "artist-viewer" barrier. The aim of the project is to encourge listeners to participate in live concerts when it is fully possible.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Job" by Karol Wojtyła and Krzesimir Dębski – Online Premiere

HIOBPolish Royal Opera invites you on 25 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the world premiere of Krzesimir Dębski's Job – an opera based on Karol Wojtyła's drama. Online concert will be held on the Polish Royal Opera YouTube channel.

"I myself wrote a new drama with Greek form, Christian spirit, eternal content […]. A drama about suffering: Job". This is how the twenty-year-old Karol Wojtyła wrote about his work in 1940 in a letter to his friend – Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. The young playwright read the Old Testament tale of innocent suffering and the steadfastness of faith from a Christological perspective, and saw its parallel with the fate of Poland plunged in the horrors of war. As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish Pope and the 80th anniversary of the creation of this extremely mature and symbol-rich text, the Polish Royal Opera invites you to a contemporary musical interpretation of the story of Job.

Krzesimir Dębski’s opera is full of bold juxtapositions of archaic language with modern orchestration techniques and the captivating sound of the choir’s commentary, reminiscent of a Greek tragedy. It is not without significance that the premiere of the work, originally planned for May 2020, had to be postponed due to the pandemic that spread across almost the entire world. For that same reason, it was not possible to present the concert version of the work in October 2020. Perhaps, however, all these difficult circumstances will strengthen the universal message of the work. It is, as the composer himself emphasizes, “an opera […] about the fate of a man who has fallen into misfortunes and then arises from this fall”.

More information atwww.operakrolewska.pl 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Robert Schumann Online

POSIRobert Schumann's Symphony No. 1 "Spring" will be performed by the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under Piotr Sułkowski on 24 April 2021 at 8.00 p.m., almost exactly 180 years after its premiere. We will also hear Schumann's Piano Concerto, op. 54. The solo part of this flagship piece representing Romanticism will be performed by Hubert Rutkowski.

"I am unable to write a concert for virtuosos, I must think of something else…" – those are the words Robert Schumann wrote to his fiancée Klara Wieck in 1839, when he came up with an idea to create a new type of a concert, so different from the ones that were so popular back then, the sole purpose of which was to showcase the soloist’s exquisite skills. The result of his Romantic revision of the classic genre was the one-part Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 48.

Schumann’s affection towards beautiful Klara can be heard in the first out of his four symphonies, called "Spring", in reference to a poem by a Romantic poet Adolf Böttger that supposedly had been Schumann’s inspiration, and to the titles given to the four parts of the piece (later withdrawn). The piece was composed in one creative impulse, in only several weeks in early 1841. It premiered on 31 March of the same year under the baton of Schumann’s friend, Felix Mendelssohn.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl

"Res Facta Nova" Discussion Meeting: Centenary of Prof. Michał Bristiger (1921-2021)

Bristiger1 August 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Prof. Michał Bristiger (1921-2016). To celebrate this occasion, the editors of the "Res Facta Nova" journal invite you on 23 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to an online meeting dedicated to the famous Polish musicologist.

Prof. Michał Bristiger, an honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, taught theory and aesthetics of music as well as music history at the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the PhD programme of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He conducted research as a senior fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften von Menschen in Vienna. He co-organized several dozen Polish-Italian musicological conferences. From 1983 he collaborated with the Musicological Institute of the University of Palermo. In the years 1992-1998 he was permanently employed as a professor of music at the University of Calabria in Arcavacata di Rende and he lectured at the Macerata-Fermo University. From 1967 he was the editor-in-chief of the journal "Res Facta", which he founded  and which was later re-issued as "Res Facta Nova", and the accompanying periodical "Res Facta Library".

The upcoming meeting will be attended by editors of the 18th volume of the periodical "Michał Bristiger (1921-2016) in memoriam" as well as Karol Berger, Daniel Cichy, Aleksander Laskowski, Barbara Przybyszewska-Jarmińska, Monika Prusak, Anna Tenczyńska, and Sławomir Wieczorek.

The meeting will be held on the ZOOM platform with live-streaming on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Wrocław. To receive the meeting ID, please contact the organisers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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The 9th Festival of Premieres "Polish Modern Music"

NOSPR"Usually hidden behind their sounds, giving the floor to the performers of their works, during the Festival of Premieres composers are in the center of attention. We celebrate their creativity and courage to confront us with habits, to provoke, challenge and surprise us" – emphasizes Ewa Bogusz-Moor. In 2021, the Festival of Premieres will be held with the participation of the audience and in the form of live broadcasts on the Internet. It will be divided into two parts: the spring one, from 23 to 25 April, and the autumn one, scheduled for October and November.

During the ninth edition of the event organised by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, new works by Cezary Duchnowski, Marta Śniady, Mikołaj Laskowski, Aleksander Nowak, Karol Nepelski and many other great composers will be performed for the first time.

What is the theme of this year's Festival? This year, the composers will take up themes related to the theatricality of music, the complex network of connections between the elements and characters that make up the stage spectacle. For example, Mikołaj Laskowski will take a new look at the relationship between a musician and an instrument. The hero of the artistic installation View by Barbara Kinga Majewska will be one of the scenographic elements – a backdrop to Wagner's opera; the installation will be presented on October in the NOSPR foyer.

The programme will also include works with references to literature. In autumn, the youngest music lovers will watch a video opera by Jerzy Kornowicz with a libretto by Michał Rusinek. During the final concert of the festival, performed by the excellent Klangforum Wien orchestra conducted by Swiss conductor Titus Engel, we will hear a new piece by Cezary Duchnowski, inspired by the works of Stanisław Lem.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tickets will be on sale from March 2021. Programme of the whole event is available at: www.nospr.org.pl 

Elbląg Chamber Orchestra: Inauguration of the International String Instruments Competition in Elbląg

EOKOn 22 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m. the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Andrzej Borzym Jr will inaugurate the International String Instruments Competition in Elbląg. The concert repertoire includes works by Rossini, Wieniawski and Paderewski.

Although he has followed in his father's footsteps and he is also holding a baton in his hand, Andrzej Borzym Jr is successfully following his own conductor's path. He has led, among others, the Symphony Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Slovenian National Opera in Maribor.

During the concert in Elbląg, we will hear Variations on an Original Theme by Henryk Wieniawski, who was called by Florizel von Reuter "the Chopin of the violin". The comparison between Wieniawski and Chopin was due to the poetic tone and the presence of national elements in the violinist's compositions. These characteristics also distinguish numerous compositions by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who made a tremendous international career not only in the field of art. The concert will feature his Melody for violin and orchestra. We will also hear Gioacchino Rossini's variations Une Larme performed by the orchestra with cellist Karol Sokołowski.

The concert will be broadcast on the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra YouTube channel and on the website https://smyczkowy.elblag.pl/.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Symphony for the planet – Paweł Pudło's "Elements"

ZywiolyAlmost 300 people involved, over 9 years of work, dozens of instruments made of rubbish – this is just the beginning of a long list that enabled the implementation of one idea: showing human impact on the environment. 22 April 2021, the International Earth Day, will see the premiere of the Elements album – Polish composer Paweł Pudło's modern story about humanity and different elements of nature.

The album includes fifteen orchestral pieces in the style of film music with ethnic elements and electronics. According to the composer: "The Elements project tells the story of Earth and human as its inseparable element. Despite the fact that we are already 'techno-humans', constantly connected to our smartphones and the Internet, we still remain part of the nature that surrounds us. It is not only about taking care of nature, but also showing the effects of neglecting it".

The Elements project is not only about music. The premiere also featured workshops and lectures for primary and secondary school students. The invited researchers of the University of Wrocław, as specialists in these fields, explained to young people the process of human impact on the environment, including soil, air and water pollution.

The symphonic works were performed by musicians playing on recycling instruments made of plastic, metal and wood waste. By using such instruments, the composer wanted to emphasize the reusability of these materials.

From 22 April, the Elements album will be available in stores on CD and vinyl record. Currently, you can find it on streaming services.

Link to the album: https://smarturl.it/ElementsPudlo 

77th Musica Moderna Session

Musica ModernaThe 77th Musica Moderna Session – a contemporary music festival organised by the Academy of Music in Łódź and the Polish Composers' Union – will be held online on 19-21 April 2021 on the Academy's YouTube channel.

The inaugural Musical Evening "Faces of Sound" will premiere the latest works by Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Marcin Stańczyk and Artur Zagajewski. We will also hear works by Tadeusz Wielecki, the long-time director of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music. The second day of the session will feature three diploma concerts. Third-year students: Olga Pasek, who studies composition with Prof. Marcin Stańczyk and film music composition with Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, as well as Wojciech Gladys, who works under the supervision of Prof. Sławomir Kaczorowski, will present their achievements. The programme will also include works by Kosma Szust, a fifth year student of composition under Prof. Krzysztof Grzeszczak.

The final concert of the session will traditionally present electroacoustic and audiovisual compositions of students who worked in the Electronic Music Computer Studio of the Academy of Music in Łódź in the previous semesters.

Full programme is available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/77-sesja-musica-moderna 

Electroacoustic Music Competition "Etude for one bell stroke"

PSEMEThe Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) announces the international electroacoustic music competition "Etude for one bell stroke" as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Sigismund Bell in Krakow. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 June 2021.

The competition is dedicated to Włodzimierz Kotoński, the author of the first Polish electroacoustic composition Etude for one cymbal stroke, realised in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw in 1959.

The competition is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender and nationality.

The leading theme of the competition is the sound of the Sigismund Bell, ordered and funded by King Sigismund the Old at the beginning of the 16th century. The material of the competition composition is limited to the sound of the bell in its historical and spectral dimension (the preferred sound of the Sigismund Bell is available on the Internet) with any transformations, references and multi-channel spatial sound projection.

From among the 10 final works, 3 main prizes and 3 honourable mentions will be awarded. The results of the competition will be announced during the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Sigismund Bell in July 2021. The awarded compositions will be performed on 13 July 2021 in the open space around the Wawel Royal Castle, as well as during the concert in Nuremberg on 17 July 2021. The works will be also released on an album by the Audiomat label.

Rules and regulations are available at: www.pseme.com