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Lutosławski Year Celebrations in Beijing
On 17 December 2004 the opening of the exhibition "Witold Lutosławski and His Musical Ideas" and a concert of the composer's works took place at the Central Conservatory in Beijing.
On 17 December 2004 the opening of the exhibition "Witold Lutosławski and His Musical Ideas" and a concert of the composer's works took place at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. The ceremony was organised to mark the tenth anniversary of the artist's death and the declaration of 2004 as the Lutosławski Year by the Polish Parliament. The event, the initiative of which was taken up by the Polish Embassy, was prepared by PWM Edition and the Witold Lutosławski Society in Warsaw. On the Chinese part, the organisers were the Central Conservatory in Beijing and the Chinese Musicians' Society.
The commentaries on the exhibition are found in the catalogues (English and Chiniese) accompanying the exposition. The Chinese version, commissioned and translated by the Embassy, was prepared by PWM Edition.
The representatives of the Conservatory authorities including the Rector, Professor Wang Cizhao, took part in the opening ceremony, as well as the vice-Chairman of the Chinese Musicians' Society, Mr Wang Shiguang and the vice-Secretary General, Professor Zhang Xian. Among those present there were also representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, Chinese diplomats, representatives of artistic societies and cultural institutions as well as journalists. The Conservatory students, students of other educational institutions including the Polish Institute of the Beijing Foreign Languages University as well as the Poles living in Beijing also arrived in great number.
During the opening ceremony, Professor Zhang Xian received the Honorary Award for her "Distinguished Service for Polish Culture", granted by the Minister of Culture of the Polish Republic. The prize-winner has promoted Polish music in China for years; she has also organised such important musical events as "Chopin Days – A Week of Polish Music" in Beijing in 2002 and a cycle of events entitled "From the Treasury of Musical Culture of China" in Warsaw in May 2004.
The programme of the concert included the Bucolics for piano, Recitativo e arioso for violin and piano, Dance Preludes for clarinet and piano, Bucolics for viola and cello, Epitaph for oboe and piano, Partita for violin and piano and Four Silesian Melodies for four violins – all performed by the conservatory students. For most of them and also for the greater part of the audience this was their first contact with Lutosławski's music. The concert was favourably received by the audience and the performance highly thought of by musicians and the lectureres of the conservatory. The event aroused mass media interest: there was information about the Lutosławski Year celebrations in the press, including the weekly Yingyue Zhoubao (Music Weekly), where the account of the exhibition and the concert as well as the news of the distinction awarded to Mrs Zhang Xian appeared on 24 December 2004. There was also information published about the winning of the Honorary Prize at the International Witold Lutosławski Composition Competition in December 2004 by Mrs Guo Yuan, a professor of the Conservatory in Sichua.
During the exhibition at the Conservatory the Embassy presented those interested with the promotional materials about Poland including Polish music and CDs with Lutosławski's music.
In March 2995 similar events will be organised in the music conservatories of the cities of Tianjin and Chengdu.
(on the basis of the materials sent by the Polish Embassy in Beijing)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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