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51st Musicology Conference of the Polish Composers' Union ‘Music and Expression, Katowice, 13-15 October 2022

POLMICOn October 13-15, 2022, the 51st Musicology Conference of the Polish Composers' Union ‘Music and Expression’ was held at the Academy of Music in Katowice. Musicologists and music theorists from all over Poland debated the problems related to expression in music - its definition, presence, perception and various types of interpretations.

The proceedings were accompanied by two symphonic concerts – of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Karol Szymanowski conducted by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk and of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, led by Domingo Hindoyan.

The participants listened to 42 papers, one discussion panel and two plenary lectures given by the invited guests: Prof. Karol Berger from Stanford University (USA) and Prof. Krzysztof Guczalski from the Jagiellonian University. At the end of the conference the participants also visited the Museum of the History of the City of Katowice and the historic district of Nikiszowiec.

Selected materials from the conference will be published in the ‘Polish Music Yearbook’ 2023, as well as in other magazines. The organizers of the conference were the Polish Composers' Union - Section of Musicologists and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The conference was organized by the committee composed of: Bartłomiej Barwinek, Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, Agnieszka Nowok-Zych, Wojciech Stępień, Magdalena Stochniol and Marcin Trzęsiok. Plenary lectures of invited guests were registered by the organizers.

The event was co-financed by the Ministry of Education and Science as part of the 'Doskonała nauka' programme.
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Registered lectures available at the YouTube Biblioteki ZKP.

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Warsaw | 'In the maze of imagination. Zbigniew Bargielski - creator and work' - promotion of the book of Violetta Przech and meeting with the composer

POLMICOn the 23rd of September, 2022 at 17.00 the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC invites you to the promotion of Violetta Przech's book In the maze of imagination. Zbigniew Bargielski - creator and work, which will be held as part of the 65th ‘Warsaw Autumn’ at the Warsaw premises of the PWM Edition (Fredry 8 street). After the meeting, it will be possible to buy the book at a discount price, signed by the Composer and the Author!

The publication was released this year by the Musica Iagellonica publishing house. As Prof. Irena Poniatowska wrote in her review of the book: ‘This book is extremely important in musical literature, due to the topic itself and an in-depth analysis of the issues raised. It is devoted to the life, personality and works of Zbigniew Bargielski, whose creative profile has received neither many nor wider studies’.

The meeting with the author of the book and Zbigniew Bargielski will be conducted by Sławomira Żerańska-Kominek..

The event's partner is Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne.

Admission free!

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Festival programme: https://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2022/program/program 

Warsaw | Meeting with Jerzy Artysz

POLMICOn the 20th of September 2022 at 17.00 Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC invites you to a meeting with Jerzy Artysz as part of the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music, dedicated to the new book Searching. Jerzy Artysz in an interview with Sylwia Wachowska and Aleksander Laskowski, which will be held at the publisher's seat in Warsaw - Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (Fredry 8 street). 

In the book, Professor Artysz recalls the reality of the conflagration of the war, the mother who always saw musician in him, times - not always gray - of the Polish People's Republic: music education, singing competitions and first roles in the Łódź Opera. It describes a mature artist – his parts in performances of the Grand Theater and the Warsaw Chamber Opera, and performance of songs. As the experiences gained in Italy and Spain were of great importance for the artistic development and pedagogical work of Jerzy Artysz, stories from the South could not be missing. The book also includes talks about teaching the next generations of singers. The interview shows an image of an artist and educator who does not rest on his laurels, but constantly looks for new paths and devotes himself to every challenge brought by fate with true passion.

Agata Kwiecińska will lead the meeting in which Dr. Daniel Cichy, the director of the Polish Music Edition and Dr. Mieczysław Kominek, the President of the Polish Composers' Union will also take part.

Polish Music Edition is the event's partner.

Admission free!

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19th Volume (2021) of the 'Polish Musicological Yearbook' available online

The nineteenth volume of Polish Musicological Yearbook of 2021 is now available on the yearbook’s website under the bookmark WYDANE NUMERY / 2021. Papers will also be published at the Sciendo platform. Printed version is being prepared by the Polish Music Edition (PWM), to be obtained at the internet bookstore of PWM.

2021 Yearbook contains representative group of papers presented at the International Musicological Conference ‘National identities – European universality: Music and Musical Life in Central-Eastern Europe (1918–2018)’ organized on the occasion of 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland.

The editorial team thank all the Authors, other Individuals and Institutions for substantive input, engagement and support expressed towards the Yearbook team.

The patron of the Polish Musicological Yearbook is Society of Authors’ ZAiKS

'Regamey & Regamey. Pasiecznik & Pasiecznik' album awarded Album of the Year 2021 by 'Hi-Fi i Muzyka'

In the January issue of the monthly ‘Hi-Fi i Muzyka’ a list of the Annual Awards awarded by the magazine was published.

The awards go to the best CD records and playback equipment of the last twelve months. The Regamey & Regamey. Pasiecznik & Pasiecznik album described by reviewers from the magazine's music division as ‘unique, crucial for the history of Polish music of the 20th century’ became Album of the Year 2021.

Thank you very much for this prestigious honourable mention!

Polish Composers' Union Archive - edition and conservatory prevention

ZKPThanks to the support of The Head Office of State Archives of the competition for a public task ‘Wspieranie działań archiwalnych 2021’ (Supporting the archive activity 2021) in the 2nd half of 2021 a ‘Polish Composers’ Union – edition and conservatory prevention’ programme took place.

The archive documents from 1945-1989 have been arranged in order and a new inventory has been set up and secured.The new digital inventory has also been launched online in the new OSA standard (Open Archive System) as well as a pdf file.

ZKPOnline access at the following links:

Polish Composers' Union Files Archive at the Open Archive System OSA website: https://osa.archiwa.org/archiwa/PL_1084,

Polish Composers' Union Files Archive Inventory Inwentarz Archiwum Akt Związku Kompozytorów Polskich: plik pdf,

Table of old and new signatures: plik pdf.


New Visual Identification of Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

polmicThe Polish Music Information Center POLMIC celebrates its 20th birthday this year! On this occasion, upon entering a new chapter, we decided to change our visual identification, which is a response to the changing world, as well as the need for better communication with partners. We present the new logotype of the organisation along with a brand book.

A simple form of the logo symbol carries a set of connotations related to sound and interactivity. With the help of a simple switch, button or icon, we obtain the necessary information. The symbol is also a source of sound, a visual representation of concentric waves. Therefore, it brings to mind the image and function of a loudspeaker diaphragm. The white elements of the symbol are arranged in the shape of the letter "i" ("information"). The color palette is based on shades of navy blue and blue – inspired by the colours of the previous logo. The POLMIC logo has two formats – horizontal and vertical – and two language versions: Polish and English.

The new POLMIC visual identity was designed and made by the outstanding graphic artist Marcin Władyka.

From 2022 we will only use the new logotype that emphasizes our identity and gives it a new dimension.

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Sound Chronicle of the 2019 Warsaw Autumn - on CDs and online

Delayed by the financing troubles we would like to finally present you with the next edition of the ‘Sound Chronicle of the Warsaw Autumn’. A set of the 2019 62nd Warsaw Autumn Festival recordings is published first.

Despite tremendous endeavours we were not able to obtain satisfactory funds thus this year’s Chronicle differs from what we are used to. It consists of three audio CDs only and presents recordings of inaugural and final concerts as well as Youth Section of the Polish Composers’ Union concert:

CD No. 1
1 / Morten Ladehoff Organ improvisation / 2’46’’
2 / Bruno Mantovani Entrechoc / 13’57’’
3 / Zygmunt Krauze Piano Concerto no. 3 (Fragments of Memory) / 16’00’’
4 / Morten Ladehoff Organ improvisation / 4’02’’
5 / Magdalena Długosz On the Edge of Light / 24’33’’
6 / Morten Ladehoff Organ improvisation / 3’58’’
CD No. 2
1 / Bára Gísladóttir ÓS / 6’50’’
2 / Rebecca Saunders alba / 22’59’’
3 / Tadeusz Wielecki Anamnesis / 14’45’’
4 / Jonathan Harvey …towards a pure land / 17’56’’
CD No. 3
1 / Krzysztof Ratajski Agreements of the music table / 9’39’’
2 / Dominik Puk Τηλέμαχος (Tēlémachos) / 7’26’’
3 / Viacheslav Kyrylov Music of inequality / 6’15’’
4 / Paweł Siek NEOPLAST. COMP. (2nd FLOOR) / 16’41’’
5 / Michał Lazar blurred / 6’11’’

At the same time we launch online presentation of the ‘Sound Chronicle’ with the Festival’s chosen works. You may listen to excerpts of the 2019 Warsaw Autumn under the ‘Czytelnia/Posłuchaj” bookmark.

The project was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the National Institute of Music and Dance programme ‘Muzyczny ślad‘ (Musical Trace).


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Roman Maciejewski - for two pianos - Vol. 2

As part of the „Muzyka polska dzisiaj – portrety współczesnych kompozytorów polskich” (‘Polish music today – potraits of Polish contemporary composers’) series launched in 2013, Polish Composers’ Union published another CD with Roman Maciejewski’s music for two pianos this year.

The CD (catalogue number: polmic 164) contains two piano works of the composer: Allegro concertante – two pianos version composed in 1944 and Pianoduo concertante for two pianos without orchestra composed between 1935 and 1936.

Anna Wielgus-Nowak and Grzegorz Nowak as Novi Piano Duo recorded the works for the DUX Recording Producers in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music on 29 November – 2 December this year. Marlena Wieczorek, the author of the composer’s monograph published in 2008 in Poznań (PTPN publisher), wrote the booklet essay.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the National Institute of Music and Dance programme ‘Muzyczny ślad‘ (Musical Trace).


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18th volume of 'Musicology Today' came out!

POLMICAs the culinary pasticcio added appeal to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century aristocratic parties, working just as strongly on the sense of taste as on that of sight, so the operatic pasticcio and the pasticcio practice in general have enlivened contemporary musicological research. The 18th volume of the English-language journal ‘Musicology Today’, published by the Institute of Musicology of the University of Warsaw and the Polish Composers' Union, is entirely devoted to pasticcio.

The presented volume is part of the Pasticcio. Ways of Arranging Attractive Operas research project, funded from the Beethoven 2 Programme, which is co-financed by the National Science Centre of Poland and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. It includes 14 articles based on presentations from the conference that summed up the project, Operatic Pasticcio in Eighteenth-Century Opera: Work Concept, Performance Practice, Digital Humanities, which was held in May 2021 at Warsaw University.

The texts analyse pasticcios with reference to the concept of the operatic work from very different perspectives: those of theatrical practice (Giovanni Polin); the audiences (Ina Knoth), culinary analogies (Berthold Over), and pleasure (Aneta Markuszewska). Anne Desler discusses singers’ dramaturgical choices and their creative contributions to pasticcio production. Raffaele Mellace traces changes in Johann Adolf Hasse’s composition strategies over the period of thirty years that separate his Siroe (Bologna 1733) from his eponymous self-pasticcio (Dresden 1763). Hasse’s Siroe is also considered by Emilia Pelliccia and Sonia Rzepka, who, using Laodice’s recitativo accompagnato sung by Elisabeth Teyber as their starting point, analyse that singer’s impact on the musical form of the work and on Hasse’s creative process, as well as presenting the functions and elements of the database that the project group has been working on.

Reinhard Strohm uses the example of Handel’s Scipione (1730) to talk about eighteenth-century stage practice as well as problems involved in contemporary editions of pasticcios. Three other articles (by Gesa zur Nieden, Jana Spáčilová, and Paologiovanni Maione) deal with the specific qualities of pasticcios staged respectively in such European hubs as Hamburg, Prague, Brno and Naples. At the foundation of every opera or pasticcio lay the literary libretti, whose migrations and forms constitute a crucial, extremely difficult aspect of the pasticcio research, taken up in her article by Anna Ryszka-Komarnicka. Interest in the pasticcio is also evident in contemporary operatic life. The dilemmas, questions, and decisions faced by musicologists and music life organisers in our own times in the process of staging pasticcios are the subject of two papers, by Bruno Forment and Clemens Birnbaum.

The journal is available online at: https://sciendo.com/issue/MUSO/18/1 

Details of the project can be found at: https://www.pasticcio-project.eu/