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Lucjan Kaszycki has passed away...

It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Lucjan Kaszycki, our union colleague since 1958. He died on 5 May 2021 in Warsaw at the age of 89.

He graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Kraków, where he studied composition with Stanisław Wiechowicz. Later, he became a professor of composition there, and from 1974 he also taught jazz and entertainment music at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. He was a respected author of theatre and film music, he also wrote many hit songs. The song Pamiętasz, była jesień... [Do you remember, it was autumn...] with his music and lyrics by Andrzej Czekalski and Ryszard Pluciński, written for the film Farewells by Wojciech Jerzy Has in 1958, became an all-time hit. It was sang poignantly by Sława Przybylska, and then by many famous Polish singers, including Magda Umer, Kora, Kasia Nosowska, and Anna Maria Jopek.

Lucjan Kaszycki received many awards in various areas of artistic and didactic-educational activity, including the honorary badge "Meritorious Activist of Culture", the medal "For Merit to the City of Opole", the Golden Cross of Merit, the "Golden Helicon" medal for lifetime artistic achievements awarded by the Kraków Branch of the Polish Jazz Society, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and in 2013 – the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis".

We have lost an amazing Artist.

Hail to his memory!

Polish Composers' Union

Results of Preliminary Round for Polish Candidates for the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

MKMPThe preliminary round for the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów, open to candidates who are holders of Polish citizenship or the Polish Ethnicity Card (Karta Polaka), regardless of place of residence, was held on 4 and 5 May 2021 in Warsaw.

The competition committee composed of Jarosław Drzewiecki, Andrzej Tatarski and Tadeusz Wojciechowski qualified pianists and chamber ensembles for the first stage of the 2nd International Competition of Polish Music Stanisław Moniuszko on 11-18 September 2021 in Rzeszów. The qualifiers of the preliminary round are exempted from the entry fee and are further awarded a scholarship sufficient to cover travel and accommodation costs incurred during the course of the Competition.

Please be reminded that the candidates who have not been successful in the auditions will still have a chance to take part in the Competition by applying through the regular procedure, regardless of nationality and age, until 31 May of this year.

The competition is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. The competition is financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport and is held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The competition belongs to the network of piano competitions of the Alink-Argerich Foundation.

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The following pianists and chamber ensembles have qualified for the first stage of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów:

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A concert on the 20th anniversary of the Wind Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź

AMuz ŁódźLast year, the Wind Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź celebrated its 20th anniversary. However, the musical celebration takes place a year later. During the anniversary concert, students under the baton of Artur Czereszewski will present a rich program, including the premiere of Grzegorz Duchnowski's Hocki-klocki. The concert will be broadcast on 9 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m. on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The orchestra will welcome the audience with James Barnes' Fantasy Variations, based on the theme of the famous Caprice, Op. 24 by Niccolò Paganini. We will also hear works by Adam Gorb, Alfred Reed and Toshiro Mayuzumi. The concert will feature soloists: pianist Krzysztof Suwald in George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, trumpeter Igor Cecocho and trombonist Robert Żelazko in Joseph Turrin's Fandango. Grzegorz Duchnowski's Hocki-klocki for oboe solo and orchestra will be premiered by Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek. The concert will be hosted by Piotr Mika.

The Classic Wind Orchestra was established in the academic year 1999/2000 on the initiative of the longtime head of the Department of Wind Instruments, Prof. Józef Ciepłucha. The orchestra worked under the direction of, among others, Prof. Krzysztof Kamiński and Marcin Radwański, and currently (since 2011) it is run by Artur Czereszewski. Since autumn 2013, the ensemble performs regularly in the Academy's new Concert Hall at Żubardzka St. It also takes part in educational concerts in the "Akademia Pełna Dźwięku" ("Academy Full of Sound") series.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/ 

Organ Concert – Premieres

AmuzLodzThe Composition and Music Theory Student Research Group of the Academy of Music in Łódź invites you on 8 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m. for the concert of organ premieres. New works will be performed by the members of the Organ Student Research Group of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The concert will be broadcast on the Academy's YouTube channel.

The Composition and Music Theory Student Research Group, supervised by Artur Zagajewski and Maciej Kabza, focuses mainly on theoretical-musical research and compositional pursuits. Students of composition, music theory, film music composition and music in the media organiser, among others, meetings dedicated to the works of particular composers, currents and phenomena of the 20th- and 21st-century music, as well as concerts presenting compositions written by young composers belonging to the Group. What makes an annual tradition is "The (theoretically) Compositional Concert”, during which works written at counterpoint and harmony classes are performed.

The upcoming concert will feature Martyna Nowak's Multipreludium, Krzysztof Sadecki's Mirror, Piotr Grzelak's Adagio e allegro, Grzegorz Żyłka's Swell Potente, Piotr Mika's orghanella, Jakub Jung's CoeXisT, Tymoteusz Karaś-Tęcza's par-ti-ta, Kosma Szust's Double Fugue. The event will be hosted by Piotr Mika, secretary of the Scientific Society for Composition and Theory of Music.

The works will be performed on the Rieger (Jägerndorf) organ of the Evangelical-Augsburg church of St Matthew in Łódź.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/ 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra online: Zygmunt Stojowski

POSIMaestro Antoni Wit is one of the most valued conductors of his generation admired on stages all around the world, and a devoted promoter of Polish music. This music, represented by compositions by a single composer and rendered in a neo-romantic expressive spirit, will fill the entire programme of the monographic concert on 8 May 2021 at 8 p.m.

Its protagonist is the now somewhat forgotten yet outstanding Polish composer Zygmunt Stojowski (this year marks the 75th anniversary of his death). After a short period of tuition from Władysław Żeleński in Warsaw, he continued his compositional studies in Paris and took piano master classes with Paderewski, with whom he developed a long-lasting friendship cemented by a common fate on emigration. The most successful time for Stojowski as a composer, pianist and, above all, a greatly valued pedagogue was the four decades he spent in the United States (from 1905 until his death in 1946).

Symphonic Rhapsody for piano and orchestra was created in 1898–1900. After its successful premiere in Berlin in 1900, it became a part of Stojowski’s and other pianists’ repertoire for many years. The piece, featuring references to national music, impresses with the opulence of changing moods, colourful orchestration and brilliant virtuosity of the solo part, which will be performed by Krzysztof Książek, winner of the 3rd prize and a special award for the best performance of mazurkas in the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments.

The slightly earlier Symphony in D minor is full of dramatic gravity and strong emotion. This oeuvre, composed by the twenty-seven-year-old composer, won First Prize in the orchestral works category of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Composition Competition in Leipzig a year after it was composed.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Silesian Quartet at "House Party with Dwójka" – 20th and 21st-century music

Domowka"We will perform works by Weinberg, Shostakovich, Lasocki, Penderecki and Knapik," announces Szymon Krzeszowiec, leader of the Silesian Quartet, who will perform at the next "House Party with Dwójka". Live broadcast on 8 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. on the Polish Radio Channel 2 (Dwójka), the station's website, Facebook and YouTube.

The Silesian String Quartet has existed continuously since 1978. Today, the ensemble enjoys international renown, performing on concert stages in the majority of European countries as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and South Korea. The Quartet’s repertoire consists of over 400 chamber pieces, with around 300 of them representing works from the musical canon of the 20th and 21st-centuries. The chamber musicians of Silesia have premiered over 100 string quartets by Polish and foreign composers, with a significant number of  works dedicated to them. They have recorded music from many eras, with special emphasis on Polish music from the last three decades. Their recordings can be found on over 60 albums. Seven of them have been singled out for Fryderyk Awards of the Polish Phonographic Industry. In 2017, the multi-award-winning ensemble received one of the most prestigious awards in the world of classical music – Gramophone Classical Music Awards in the chamber music category for an album with works by Grażyna Bacewicz.

Members of the Silesian Quartet: Szymon Krzeszowiec – 1st violin, Arkadiusz Kubica – 2nd violin, Łukasz Syrnicki – viola, Piotr Janosik – cello.

More information: https://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka 

9th "New Music" Festival

Nowa MuzykaThe 9th "New Music" Festival, organised by the Kujavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union in Bydgoszcz, the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz and the Department of Music Education of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, will be held on 7-16 May 2021. The rich programme of the festival will include over a dozen world premieres. All concerts will be available online.

The festival will start with a concert of electroacoustic music with harpsichord at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz. Subsequent events – chamber music concerts, an evening of songs and a concert of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mariusz Kończal, will take place in the Copernicanum Hall of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz on 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16 May at 5.00 p.m.

We will hear the latest works by Paulina Zujewska, Angelika Iżykowska, Sławomir Opaliński, Magdalena Kurdziel, Marcin Kopczyński, Marcin Gumiela, Aleksandra Brejza, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Artur Kroschel, and Piotr A. Komorowski. The list of performers will include many great musicians who specialize in the performance of contemporary music: soprano Kornelia Wojnarowska, violists Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and Lech Bałaban, cellists Filip Syska and Agnieszka Bałaban, harpsichordist Dorota Zimna, accordionist Stanisław Miłek, violinists Jan Bałaban and Michał Szałach, and pianists Marcin Kopczyński, Rafał Tworek, Maciej Gański, Małgorzata Furche-Jurczyk, Witold Kawalec, and Krzysztof Sowiński.

All concerts will be broadcast on the "New Music Festival in Bydgoszcz" YouTube channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Virtuoso Harpsichord Online

DDKOn 6 May 2021 at 5.00 p.m., as part of the "Węglin" Distric Community Centre's series "Always Classical", harpsichordist Paulina Tkaczyk will perform forgotten and rediscovered polonaises of Polish composers from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as music of Marian Sawa.

We will hear polonaises by Józef Kozłowski, who worked in Poland (he was Michał Kleofas Ogiński's teacher) and in Russia, where he popularised this musical genre and wrote first choral polonaises; Karol Kurpiński, associated for many years with the National Theater in Warsaw, the author of music to the song Warszawianka; and Antoni Leopold, active at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Paulina Tkaczyk also aims at popularising works by Christlieb Siegmund Binder – a composer of the court of Augustus III – King of Poland and Elector of Saxony – and his grandson Frederick Augustus III. This artist was one of the most important precursors of the new musical aesthetics, which was born in the 18th century and led to the consolidation of the classical style. Richard Engländer wrote that in the Dresden circle Binder held the same position as Philipp Emmanuel Bach in Berlin. Binder was inspired, among others, by French music, which will also appear in the programme. We will hear works by Jacques Duphly and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer – teacher of the son and daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska.

The concert will end with Polish music of the 20th century: Marian Sawa's Burlesque of 1995.

Live streaming will be available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/187243169907596/ 

5th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo!"

DuettissimoThe Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow invites you on 25 April – 11 May 2021 to the 5th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo!".

As Bartłomiej Kominek, artistic director of the Festival, points out: "This year's 5th edition of the Duettissimo Festival, due to the epidemic threat, is held in a limited form. This year, instead of 19 concerts, workshops and courses, there will be 7 events. As artistic life in concert halls has almost completely died down, Duettissimo will also hit the internet. From 1 June, you will be able to hear all this year's performers on the website www.amuz.krakow.pl/akademiawsieci and on the Festival's YouTube channel. Among them: Lutosławski Piano Duo, Chopin Piano Duo, Novi Piano Duo, Maciej Pikulski and Lech Napierała, and others.

The programme of the 5th Duettissimo is extremely interesting. Apart from outstanding and well-known works for piano duo by Bach, Mozart, Debussy and Lutosławski, you will be able to hear equally beautiful, although less known and rarely performed pieces. We will hear works by Gershwin, Zarębski, and Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder performed in the Redoubt Rooms of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. The icing on the cake will be the Concerto for two pianos by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, performed at the Krakow Philharmonic by Michał Dziad and Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła with the Symphony Orchestra of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow."

More information at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/