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Great success of Mirecki's "Symphony"
2010-01-27Loud applause ended Sunday's concert in the Witold Lutoslawski Studio S-1 in Warsaw during which the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) conducted by Paweł Przytocki performed Franciszek Mirecki's Symphony in C minor. The concert was broadcast by Polish Radio Programme II.
This nearly forty-minute symphony by the composer from the turn of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, composed at the latest in 1855, is proof there remain many still unknown and underrated Polish works from this period; the last concert presentation of this work took place nearly 20 years ago! Therefore the director of POR, Łukasz Borowicz, conductor Paweł Przytocki, and Maciej Negrey, researcher of Polish music of the XIX century are to be praised for collectively working towards the performance of this unique and superbly composed Symphony. Applause is due to the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra who played fantastically that evening, with a wonderful sound, fresh interpretation and riveting solos, especially the wind section.
Franciszek Mirecki was born in Krakow in 1791 as the son of an organist in the St Mary's church. In 1814, after completing his studies in philology at Warsaw University, he moved to Vienna where he studied piano with John Nepomuk Hummel. In 1838 he returned to Krakow and opened his own school of opera singing. He died in 1862, leaving behind - in addition to this monumental Symphony - operas, songs, chamber and solo works.
Interestingly, the Symphony in C minor, written for Mannheim, was to have been published in Milan. However, the piece was eventually released by PWM in 1972 (as were other compositions by Mirecki - the Sonata in A minor and Sonata in B flat major).
Paweł Przytocki, director of the Karol Szymanowski Krakow Philharmonic, has already planned a presentation of Mirecki’s Symphony in Krakow on the 28th and 29th of May. We invite all music lovers to listen to this piece!
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.