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Władysław Słowiński,

composer, conductor, and organiser of cultural events. Born on 14 May 1930 in Sadlno, he studied musicology under Adolf Chybiński at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in 1949-51. In 1950-54 he studied composition under Tadeusz Szeligowski, and in 1951-55 conducting with Walerian Bierdiajew and Stanisław Wisłocki at the State Higher School of Music in Poznań.

Between 1954 and 1964 Władysław Słowiński was a conductor of the Poznań Opera House, but worked also with a range of symphony orchestras, mainly the Poznań Philharmonics. Later, he also collaborated with the Grand Theatre in Łódź and Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera. In 1970-73 he was the artistic director of the Polskie Nagrania record company. From 1973 to 1985 he served as the general secretary of the Polish Composers' Union (ZKP), and from 1985 to 2001 he was the president of ZKP's Warsaw Section. In 1986 he founded Warsaw Music Encounters and acted as the festival’s artistic director till 2016. Currently he is the festival's honorary director.

Władysław Słowiński's compositions were released on the following albums: Works for String Quartet (Acte Préalable, 2000), Chamber Works (Acte Préalable, 2000), Laks. Słowiński. Pstrokońska-Nawratil (DUX, 2012).

His artistic and organisational efforts have been awarded with a range of distinctions, incluidng: the Golden Cross of Merit (1975), the Prime Minister's Award for artistic creation for children and the youth (1977), the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1980), the Golden Honorary Award "For Merit to Warsaw" (1986), the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1987), Life Achievement Award from the governor of the Warsaw province (1990), the Annual ZKP Award for composing work, founding the Warsaw Music Encounters and merit to the ZKP (1999), award from the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Province for composing work and social involvement (2001), Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2005), Silver Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture and the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award from the local authorities of the Mazowieckie province (2006), the Polish Society of Authors and Composers (ZAiKS) Centenary Award (2019).

Władysław Słowiński has reconstructed and instrumented the lost score of Władysław Żeleński's opera Stara baśń [An Ancient Tale] (1959).

updated: 2014, 2020 (ac)


Sonata for piano  (1951-52)
Echoless Triptych, songs for bas i piano to text by Maria Konopnicka * (1955)
Ballet Impressions for chamber orchestra (1956)
Concerto for flute accompanied by string orchestra, piano and percussion (1956-57)
Quintet for Wind Instruments (1957-58)
Sonatina for Piano No. 2 (1957-59)
Music in Three Movements for orchestra (1958)
Maków Fables, songs for alto solo accompanied by oboe, clarinet and bassoon to text by Jerzy Ficowski (1960)
Polka, grotesque for chamber orchestra (1961)
Dialogue for violin and harpsichord (1964)
Suite from the ballet "Cyrk mistrza Cho-Cho" for orchestra (1967)
Miniatures for piano * (1967)
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Tango, grotesque for orchestra (1968)
House Haunted by Laughter, radio programme for children to poems by Jerzy Ficowski (1974)
Four Dialogues for violin and harpsichord * (1976)
Mother of the Sun, Gypsy fairy tale to text by Elżbieta Bussold (1976)
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Two Humoresques for voice and piano to text by Antoni Marianowicz (1977)
Musical Trivia For Children for piano * (1977-78)
Folk Song and Dance [version I] for clarinet i piano (1979)
Quartetto piccolo in memoriam Tadeusz Szeligowski per due violini, viola e violoncello (1980)
Expedition to the Glass Mountain, musical fable to text by Ludwik Górski (1980)
Three Pigs, musical fable to text by Sergey Mikhalkov translated by Hanna Ożogowska (1981)
Master Twardowski on a Rooster to text by Antoni Marianowicz (1981)
About Aucassin and Nicolette, or Chantefable about Love that Will Prevail, stage piece for soloists, narrator, mixed choir and 11 instruments, to an Old French text translated by Anna Ludwika Czerny (1981-82)
Folk Song and Dance [version II] for clarinet and chamber ensemble (1982)
About Stork The King, musical fable to text by Antoni Marianowicz after Wilhelm Hauff (1982)
A Tale of an Ancient Elephant, musical fable to text by Elżbieta Bussold after Rudyard Kipling (1983)
Michałek's Loss, musical fable to text by Julia Hartwig (1983)
Where Does the Fable Live?, suite for 3 equal voices accompanied by piano to text by Czesław Janczarski (1983-84)
The Great Wizard from Oz, musical fable to text by Antoni Marianowicz after L. Frank Baum (1984)
Children's Triptych for voice i piano to text by Ewa Szelburg-Zarembina (1984)
Pierwsza lepsza, comic opera to text by Aleksander Fredro (1985-86)
Passionato per quartetto d’archi * (1987)
Serio e buffo per flauto solo (1987)
Concertino for harpsichord i string quartet (1988)
Tren for alto saxophone and organ (1988)
Catching Grey Ashes…Lament For Janusz Korczak for baritone and violin to text by Jerzy Ficowski * (1988)
Definitions, 3 songs for soprano i cello to text by Jerzy Ficowski (1989)
Espressivo sempre [version I] for flute i string quartet (1990)
Two Songs for voice i organ to text by Salomea Kapuścińska (1990)
Children's Songs, 5 songs for voice i piano to text by Jerzy Ficowski (1990)
Three Old Style Pieces for two cellos (1990)
Early Polish Songs [version I] to poems by 17th and 18th century poets for tenor, alto flute, harpsichord and string orchestra (1991)
Early Polish Songs [version II] for tenor i harpsichord (or piano) (1991)
Translation for 2 accordions and organ (1991)
Three Burlesques for string quartet (1993)
Doloroso in memoriam Witold Lutosławski per quartetto d’archi (1994)
Definitions No. 2, 4 songs for soprano i piano (1994, 2000)
Suite for the Royal Castle – Baroque Reminiscences for flute, violin, viola and cello (1996)
Elegy for string quartet (1997)
Divertimento concertante for violin i string orchestra (transcription of Trio in B-flat major by Feliks Janiewicz) (1998)
Late Autumn Labyrinth for baritone and piano to text by Tomas Tranströmer (1998)
Byzantine Triptych for tenor, reciter, mixed choir, woodwind instruments and percussion instruments (1999-2000)
Espressivo sempre [version II] for clarinet and string quartet (2006)
Autumn Tale for string quartet (2007)
Four Poems by Julia Hartwig for voice i piano (2008)
Tętno kołatka for voice i piano to text by Jerzy Ficowski (2009)
Funebre for string quartet (2012)
Charon's Little Boat, 5 songs for baritone i chamber orchestra to text by Tadeusz Różewicz (2013-2014)
Ultima Volta for orchestra (2016-2017)