In 2020 40 years will have passed since the signing of the agreement in Gdańsk and the establishment of 'Solidarity'. This occasion will be commemorated by the premieres of two carillon pieces by the most sought-after Polish contemporary composers. On 30 August, on the eve of the anniversary, Paweł Mykietyn's STOP and Elżbieta Sikora's Running Northon will be performed on the Gdańsk carillons in the Main Town Hall (12 p.m.) and in the St. Catherine's Church (3 p.m.).
Initially instruments of simple construction, over time carillons became more and more complex, gradually gaining the fullness of sound. According to sources, the beginnings of the Gdańsk carillon date back to the mid-16th century. Currently, carillon music in Poland is vividly cultivated in Gdańsk, which has three instruments, including one on the tower of the Town Hall of the Main City of Gdańsk, where Paweł Mykietyn's work will be premiered, and one on the tower of St. Catherine's Church, where Elżbieta Sikora's composition will be performed for the first time. Both works were commissioned by the City of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Museum.
Paweł Mykietyn writes about his work STOP: 'The title may express a naive but beautiful dream of the victory of good over evil. Let this dream resonate on the carillon of the Main Town Hall in Gdańsk – a city that experienced both great good, when Solidarity was created, and great evil, when its president was murdered'. Elżbieta Sikora comments on Runninung North: 'To escape from fate, from ourselves, from the plague, pestilence, war, enslavement and all evil. To the north. Where the sea opens, beyond which the unknown, freedom, tempting mystery'. Both pieces, published by PWM Edition, will be performed by the outstanding carillonist Monika Kaźmierczak.
Admission to the concerts is free.