Untold stories of eminent personalities – "One hundred years of musical emigration. Polish composers abroad (1918-2018)” is a book that makes you think innovatively about history, culture and artists today.
The book based on the concept by Marlena Wieczorek, PhD (MEAKULTURA Foundation) under the substantive supervision of Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, PhD (Polish Academy of Sciences) is the first publication in Polish literature that comprehensively explores the emigration of 20th-century composers. The compendium contains profiles of artists from the circle of classical, jazz, film, and even popular music. Its formula combines 15 extensive cross-sectional texts and biographies in the form of 63 expert interviews. In these various forms specialists present composers' personalities in an interesting way and reveal compelling anecdotes.
The publication of "One Hundred Years of Musical Emigration ..." is also an element of celebrating the Centenary of Independence – the century of musical emigration culture, modernized thanks to 50 authors who analyze life, works and motivations of over 200 composers. The whole is complemented by a unique visual layer – almost 100 illustrations by Max Skorwider, PhD, a valued graphic artist. Krzysztof Moraczewski, Prof. AMU, PhD Habil., in an editorial review indicates that – (...) It is often about outstanding work, but not well known in Poland. This ignorance is also one of the problems of artistic emigration. Like any good book about art, this one will also force you to revise your own knowledge and beliefs, re-evaluate and look for new ways of understanding the artistic situation we are in.
The patron of the publication is the ZAiKS Association of Authors. The media patron of the book is the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC .
The first edition of the book was exhausted in a few days, the second edition is now available for sale.