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Łagów Lubuski | 48th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference "Borders of Freedom"


The 48th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union "Borders of Freedom" will take place on 5-7 September 2019 in Łagów Lubuski ("Leśnik" Recreation Centre, 10 Bolesława Chrobrego St.).

The infamous congress of composers and music critics in Łagów Lubuski, during which representatives of the power apparatus imposed the socialist realism doctrine on Polish artists, took place in 1949. It was not the first meeting of the communist authorities with the artists' circles: earlier there were conventions of writers (in Szczecin), artists (in Nieborów), theater people (in Obory) and architects (in Warsaw). The Łagów events received wide coverage among Polish composers and musicologists. The reactions varied, ranging from moral dilemmas related to attempts to adapt to the new situation to dramatic decisions about emigration.

After 70 years, it is worth returning to Łagów – the place where you can still hear the faint echoes of the events of 1949, to think about matters related to the relationship between music and power, music and freedom, abstract form and mimetic content of the art of sounds. In this historic place, scholars will discuss problems regarding the borders of freedom in music. The presentations will concern both detailed issues related to the consequences of socialist realist pressure or the Cold War division of Europe, as well as much wider dimensions of the relationship between artistic freedom and its conditions in the context of the entire history of music.

The organizers of the event are: Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union; Branch Office of Historical Research, Institute of National Remembrance in Poznań; Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra. The conferene's partner is ZAiKS Association of Authors.

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