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Roman Maciejewski's "Missa pro defunctis" in London
The British premiere of Roman Maciejewski's monumental Requiem will without doubt be the biggest event in the Polska!Year in Great Britain and the strongest Polish musical accent abroad in many years.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 2 March 2010 at 2 p.m.
The Requiem will be heard in Westminster Cathedral performed by the Choir and Orchestra of the BBC conducted by Michał Dworzyński. The solo parts will be sung by Iwona Hossa, Agnieszka Rehlis, Ales Briscein and Tomasz Konieczny. It is difficult to imagine a better birthday present for the celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday, if he were still alive.
Roman Maciejewski was born on the 28th of February, 1910 in Berlin, and died 30th April 1998 in Göteborg. He spent the majority of his life abroad – in France, Great Britain, Sweden and the USA. He left behind him pieces for piano, orchestra, chanber music, choral music and ballet and theatre music. The 130-minute Missa pro defunctis, which he took 15 years to write, is his Opus magnum. „Under the overwhelming impression of the immensity of human suffering and the oceans of bloodshed, at the end of World War II I decided compose a work that would be one of the many contributions to the preservation in human consciousness of the conviction of the tragic nonsense of war”, wrote the composer. „The Requiem is dedicated to the victims of human ignorance, in the first row, to the memory of those fallen in the wars of all time.”
After the American first performance in 1971 in Los Angeles given by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Roger Wagner, the 'Los Angeles Times' wrote: "When the climatic Amen chorus finally subsided — and Wagner engulfed the frail composer in a bear hug, no one was sitting. [...] One has to admire the composer's courage and persistence in attacking so enormous a challenge. One would have to harbor a heart of ice not to notice his ethereal lyric flights, his splashily effective climaxes or his contrapuntal flair". Will the London public experience similar emotions on 4th February? To find out, we look forward to this event with anticipation.
PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association invite to take part in the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra - Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020. This is the first edition of the international competition for composers, the subject of which is to write a premiere composition for a concert wind orchestra.
The winners of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition have been announced. The first prize goes to Maria Motolygina from Russia, while Alina Adamski won the PWM Edition Prize for the best performance of a Polish 20th/21st-century song.
On May 5th, the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth will be celebrated throughout Poland. PWM Edition has already begun its celebrations earlier, and announced Stanisław Moniuszko our May COMPOSER OF THE MONTH.
More than 20 new sheet music publications, books and CD albums; nearly 90 reissues; performance materials for orchestras and opera houses; more than a hundred digital publications available worldwide; 7,000 pages of free access digitalised materials; more than a thousand unique graphics and photos; nearly 30 events for adult and young audiences – all these are part of PWM Edition’s celebrations programme prepared for the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth.
We are very happy to inform that Tomasz Knittel’s film Mieczysław Karłowicz. Samotna wędrówka [Mieczysław Karłowicz. A Lone Journey], co-produced by PWM Edition and TVP (Polish state television broadcaster), won the Silver Pegasus during the gala of the 22nd Zakopane Festival of Films about Art held on 14th April.
PWM Edition is not just about sheet music and books. We are also involved in all kinds of educational activities, aiming to promote and support music education in both general and music schools. In this way we fulfil Plato’s postulate that “children ought to be taught music, physics and philosophy; but music in particular, because it contains models and all the skills that are crucial to learning”.
Since the first quarter of 2019 is already behind us, let us sum up PWM Edition’s educational enterprises in that period.
The world premiere of the most recent work by the highly regarded Polish composer Agata Zubel is to take place on 9th April 2019 at the Auditorium Marcel Landowski in Paris. The nine members of Ensemble 2e2m – one of France’s oldest and most renowned groups of this kind – will perform 3x3 for 9 instruments. The conductor is Pierre Roulllier.
The concert is part of the cycle “It Is a Woman’s World (Too)”.
“A three-day festival of new music; seven concerts, two installations, nearly fifteen hours of music – only the most recent works. Thirty composers, more than half of whom are associated with PWM Edition – all this has made me happy, and I am leaving Katowice one hundred per cent satisfied,” said Daniel Cichy PhD, Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition, summing up the 8th Festival of Premieres in Katowice, which came to its close last Sunday.
In our gallery of COMPOSERS OF THE MONTH, we present today the figure of Sławomir Kupczak, our April Composer of the Month.
On 1st April 2019 the post of editor-in-chief of “Ruch Muzyczny” will be taken over by Piotr Matwiejczuk, who replaces Tomasz Cyz, head of the editorial board since 2013.