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Krzysztof Pendrecki has passed away...

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Krzysztof Penderecki, an outstanding composer, ambassador of Polish music in the world and Honorary President of the Polish Composers' Union passed away on 29 March 2020 in Krakow, at the age of 86.

Krzysztof Penderecki is a phenomenon in the history of music, not only in Poland, but worldwide. In the music of the 20th century, no one has ever made a career like him. And no one has done it so fast! Maybe only Igor Stravinsky could be compared. And similar to Stravinsky's are the meanders of Penderecki's creative path. He was successful from the very beginning. When the Second Competition for Young Composers of the Polish Composers' Union was decided in 1959, after deciphering the emblems of anonymous scores, it turned out that the winner of the first, second and third prizes is the 28-year-old assistant at the Composition Department of the State High School of Music in Krakow – Krzysztof Penderecki! The awarded works were Strophes for soprano, reciting voice and 10 instruments, Emanations for two string orchestras and Psalms of David for mixed choir, string instruments and percussion.

The Strophes' score, performed at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival the same year, was taken by the German publisher Herman Moeck after the concert. Soon the work was performed all over Europe, and Penderecki received a commission from the famous Donaueschingen Festival. In 1960 he wrote 8'37" (that was the composition's duration), for which a year later he received an award at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. This work is now called Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and broadcast by radio stations around the world, while Penderecki becomes the leading representative of the musical avant-garde of that time. He confirms this position with extraordinary Fluorescences, performed for the first time in 1962 in Donaueschingen. In addition to the instruments of the great symphony orchestra, Penderecki introduced here a hanging sheet of metal to imitate thunder, whistles, pieces of glass and metal rubbed with a file, rattles, electric bell, saw, typewriter and alarm siren. Traditional instruments also sound unusual, because the sounds are extracted from them in a completely unconventional way.

Penderecki already knows the whole music world. At least it seems so ... until the premiere of St. Luke Passion in 1966 in Münster. It was a break with avant-garde radicalism. Penderecki wrote a work accessible to an ordinary music lover, with understandable content, construction and emotions. He said: "I don't care about how the Passion will be defined, whether it is traditional or avant-garde. For me it's just authentic. And that's enough. " Penderecki was himself in every work and was not bothered by the critics. And he was more and more criticised. Suffice it to say that his opera – sacra rappresentazione Lost Paradise, written in 1978, was considered as a pastiche of Wagner's music. It was not a compliment for Penderecki. However, he remained faithful to himself and wrote the music he wanted to write. He stayed himself ...

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

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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

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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 

Online premiere: Aleksander Tansman's Piano Concerto No. 1

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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

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

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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

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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

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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/.

"Beat the Virus with Music!" – Sinfonietta Cracovia's artistic and education offer

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Due to the suspension of concert activity related to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Sinfonietta Cracovia presents a free artistic and educational offer for adults and young music lovers through its media channels. The "Beat the Virus wiith Music!" project consists of three modules.

"Virtual concert" is a musical journey in time. Every second day Sinfonietta will publish (premiere!) concert recordings with particular emphasis on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven – on his 250th birth anniversary – and the music of Polish artists. Every other day at 7:00 p.m. Sinfonietta invites you to its Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/SinfoniettaCracovia 

"Sinfonietka's karaoke", a project dedicated to children, will feature songs in the karaoke version with the possibility of singing and playing together. Every second day at 12:00 p.m. a new song by a Polish composer – from Wasowski to Penderecki – recorded by Sinfonietta in cooperation with the Children's Sinfonietta Choir will be published on the Orchestra's media channels.

"Virtual Master Courses" with Sinfonietta musicians are directed at pupils and students, as well as amateurs, who can register for individual violin, viola, cello and double bass lessons via instant messengers. All you have to do is send an application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a note on which instrument you play.

And also "Sinfonietka's competitions"! The best artworks inspired by Sinfonietta songs and the best video clips of karaoke performances will be posted on the Orchestra's media channels.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Let's have fun together! More information at:
www.sinfonietta.plwww.facebook.com/SinfoniettaCracoviawww.twitter.com/sinfocracoviawww.instagram.com/sinfonietta_cracovia

Stay at home. PR2 at NOSPR – NOSPR at PR2

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From 19 March 2020, the Polish Radio Programme 2, called the largest concert hall in Poland, invites you to a special online series of concerts performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Thanks to the Polish Radio Programme 2 series "Stay at home. PR2 at NOSPR – NOSPR at PR2” music lovers who are deprived of the opportunity to participate in the musical life of the country can listen to the concerts of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra on the PR2 and NOSPR websites every day at 12.00 and 9.00 p.m. The initiator of the action is Małgorzata Małaszko-Stasiewicz, director of the PR2. The selection of the most interesting concerts from the extremely wide NOSPR offer was made by Jacek Hawryluk – deputy director of the PR2.

These will be mainly concerts of past seasons, in which the orchestra performed with legendary soloists and conductors in a rich, diverse repertoire (including symphonic works, solo concerts and vocal-instrumental compositions). An important place in the concert repertoire is occupied by Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries, among others works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki.

More information at: https://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka and https://nospr.org.pl/pl