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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.

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

The appeal of Polish composers to Polish Radio and public broadcasters – Music lovers and Friends of music, please support us!


Jacek Ajdinović president of the Association of Polish Artists, Weronika Krówka its treasurer, and Maciej Żółtowski president of the Polish Society of Contemporary Music ask you to sign the petition to support contemporary music.

The incomes of composers and classical music performers are "inevitably" incomparably smaller than that of popular music. We also do not have, as can be seen today, a comparable clout.

We appeal to the Polish Radio Programm 2, which has a rich resource of radio and disc recordings for the support of Polish composers by increasing the airtime for the presentation of their work. Existing series with contemporary music, such as "Polish Fantasy" or "Nocturne", must be expanded. For years, Polish music has been featured in these series after midnight; broadcast mostly in the late night and morning, when hardly anyone could listen to it. Let at this difficult time, in addition to masterpieces by Bach, Mozart or Chopin, present to Polish listeners and music lovers works by Polish contemporary composers – with particular emphasis on the artists of the young generation who are just starting their difficult life path. For many of them freelance artists, without savings, it is a particularly difficult moment.

We are also joining the appeal addressed to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland by Janusz Fogler – president of ZAiKS, for a temporary exemption of royalties from classical music taxation. Let royalties stay in the country – during the crisis ...

Link to the petition: https://www.petycjeonline.com/apel_polskich_kompozytorow_do_polskiego_radia_i_nadawcow_publicznych 

2nd Polish Brass Band Conference online


The 2nd Polish Brass Band Conference – Poland Band Clinic RADOM will be held online on 27-29 March 2020.

The topics of the conference will concern the world of brass bands: both organizing and conducting orchestras, personal development of conductors as well as creating an orchestra community and cooperation platform. Conductors, brass band musicians, musicologists and equipment manufacturers will take part in the conference. The organisers will also present the concept of the 1st Polish Brass Band Championships which will take place in Radom in July 2020.

OKOD 2020 presentations will be held in the form of a teleconference with free access to everyone: on 27 March from 5 to 9 p.m.; on 28 March from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; on 29 March from 5 to 8 p.m. Please remember that you have to register before participating in OKOD online. People registering after 4 p.m. on a given day will not receive access to the broadcast. The number of places is limited to 250. The participants will receive a link to the conference broadcast to the e-mail address provided in the registration form (the message will be sent around 4:15 p.m. on a given day).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Conference's website: https://www.okod.pl/ 

Link to the registration form: https://forms.gle/Pw5BUhnbLeMUeMCt5 

Let's support each other! Toruń Symphony Orchestra Online Activities


Due to the current situation that required cancelling all the concerts, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra is conducting a number of online activities, realizing its cultural and educational goals.

#TOSeducates – a series of educational materials, presenting basics of music theory, puzzles, riddles and word searches.

#TOSmusicfunfacts – a series o fun facts, riddles and non-obvious information about the orchesta, their concerts and Polish composers.

#TOStechnicalfunfacts – the orchestra's behind-the-scenes materials.

#TOSmusicianstalk – a series of video materials and photoreports made by the orchestra's musicians who will talk about the instruments they play.

The orchestra is also working on the Beethoven cycle "Viva Beethoven! ! – the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. " Video productions will appear soon in the social media of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2WE2mcJ  Instagram: https://bit.ly/3ajyaYw  YouTube: https://bit.ly/3bkUQaT 

Warsaw Chamber Opera joined the #stayathome action


The Warsaw Chamber Opera will present daily at 7.00 p.m. new audio-video recordings, photos and interviews in order to provide unforgettable emotions to all opera lovers as part of the series "Armchair Opera". 

Opera without leaving home, at your fingertips, at any time and in any company. Music lovers will be able to watch audio-video recordings, photos from performances, exhibitions, opera trivia and the history of the Warsaw Chamber Opera.

Recordings of the most beautiful opera arias from the last Great Galas of various editions of the Mozart Festival will be made available next to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in Holy Week. We will also watch fragments of the latest Warsaw Chamber Opera productions, including Krzesimir Dębski's musical Interrupted Silence and Jerzy Snakowski's Snack Opera. The biggest stars, the largest productions, the greatest works ... all this at the Warsaw Chamber Opera FanPage https://www.facebook.com/Warszawska.Opera.Kameralna!

More information at: https://repertuar.operakameralna.pl/operazfotela/ 

#stayathome with the Kraków Philharmonic


Every Friday at 7.30 p.m. the Krakow Philharmonic will share on Facebook concert recordings especially for its audience.

The Philharmonic recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. In its long history, the institution faced many challenges, local and global, accompaning the inhabitants of Kraków in the most beautiful but also the most difficult moments in the city's life. In the current situation, the Philharmonic artists give online concerts, actively promote classical music and the achievements of Polish composers, talk about the artists cooperating with the Kraków Philharmonic and about the institution in its 75th year of activity.

The Kraków Philharmonic Facebook Page now features:

  • concerts – every Friday at 7.30 p.m.,
  • reading of the history of the Kraków Philharmonic as part of the "Wednesday with a book" series – courtesy of Radio Kraków,
  • musical postcards with fragments of archival concerts and photos.

More information atwww.filharmonia.krakow.pl and https://www.facebook.com/filharmonia.krakow/.

Tadeusz Haas has died at the age of 86

Musicologist Tadeusz Haas, a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, has died on 19 March 2020.

In the 1970s, he was a vice-director of the Polish Radio and Television Committee, specialising in Polish music recordings. He was teaching music literature at the Warsaw Academy of Music.

As his student, pianist Ignacy Lisiecki, recalls: "It was Professor Haas who convinced Halina Czerny-Stefańska to record many of Chopin's works, although the artist did not like the studio microphone after paricipating in the Chopin Competition (according to the Professor). Wonderful recordings of Richter' recitals with the music of Skriabin and Szymanowski (including 2nd Piano Sonata and Myths with Oleg Kagan) at the National Philharmonic in 1972 and at the Warsaw Academy of Music in 1982, it was also the initiative of the Professor who was able to persuade Richter who valued him as a friend...

The Professor of the old date took students seriously and expected the same – active participation in classes. As I remember, no one dared to skip lectures for a trivial reason. Who wanted to know more, came to additional classes at the academy, or used the extensive archive of recordings courtesy of the Professor – also at his home at Akademicka Street. The Professor who "opened the ears" of his students to archival recordings of Hofmann, Rachmaninoff, Paderewski, and Friedman. The Professor who valued his outstanding students – he always spoke warmly, among others, about Piotr Anderszewski. One of the Professor's thoughts will be probably remembered by his students forever: you must not waste your talent! A great loss for the community of pianists graduating from the Warsaw Academy ... "

Karol Szymanowski's "Lottery for Husbands" – premiere on YouTube!


In 1909 Karol Szymanowski finished his only operetta Lottery for Husbands, which after nearly a hundred years had its world premiere on stage by the Krakow Opera ensemble in 2007. The performance was professionally recorded and released on DVD. On 27 March at 6:30 p.m. it will be presented on the official YouTube channel of the Krakow Opera and everyone will be able to watch it without leaving home. It will be also available with English subtitles.

Karol Szymanowski reached for the operetta only once in his life. After composing Stabat Mater and King Roger, he wrote: "I can't be so festive all the time, it's very tiring. (...) I have to laugh a little musically." The three act libretto of Lottery comprised spoken text and lyrics linking the scenes together with musical pieces. Unfortunately, only the sung lyrics, written beneath the notes, have been preserved. The new theatre concept and plot proposed by Wojciech Graniczewski is his own original piece of drama, created for the operetta’s first performance, and incorporating, of course, the original lyrical and musical material.

Musically, the work consists of 16 numbers composed by Szymanowski using all the rules of a classical operetta. We find here a melodic waltz, romantic duets, funny couplets and an extensive finale with dances (including very fashionable at the time cake-walk) and choir. "It most certainly aroused Szymanowski's curiosity about the play of form, and set him on the path of playing with elements of grotesque, humour, pastiche, parody, the old world and the new. He furnished the play with vivid, unconventional music, and filled it with handcrafted musical characters, all immersed in an untameable mobility of dance." – wrote Teresa Chylińska, an expert on Szymanowski's work, cooperating with the Krakow Opera on this production.

More information at: https://www.opera.krakow.pl/en/