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PWM Edition Jubilee

2005-04-12

In 2005 PWM Edition celebrates the 60th anniversary of its foundation. On 6th April 1945 the director of the Music Department in the Ministry of Culture and Art, Mieczysław Drobner, authorized Tadeusz Ochlewski to establish a publishing house. Since that time the house has been open to many composers, writers, editors, members of editorial staff and, above all, large numbers of readers and music lovers.

In 2005 PWM Edition celebrates the 60th anniversary of its foundation. On 6th April 1945 the director of the Music Department in the Ministry of Culture and Art, Mieczysław Drobner, authorized Tadeusz Ochlewski to establish a publishing house. Since that time the house has been open to many composers, writers, editors, members of editorial staff and, above all, large numbers of readers and music lovers.

Schedule of Celebrations:

13 April 2005, noon, Cracow, PWM Edition, Al. Krasińskiego 11a –

Solemn Opening of the Salon of PWM Edition

The PWM Edition Salon is intended to be a place where everyone will be able to become acquainted with the various spheres of the firm’s activities, its history and its most important publishing projects. The most important publications, occasional editions, awards and distinctions, historic photographs as well as a visitors’ book have been collected there.

13 April 2005, 4 p.m., Cracow, St. Anne’s collegiate church

15 April 2005, 5 p.m., Warsaw, the church of St. Brother Albert and St. Andrew the Apostle

Solemn Masses

During the solemn Holy Mass celebrated in Cracow by the mitred prelate Jerzy Bryła and in Warsaw by the prelate Wiesław Niewęgłowski we shall commemorate all the late composers, writers and workers of PWM Edition. The musical settings will consist of choral works by composers published by PWM Edition and performed by the Organum choir conducted by Bogusław Grzybek as well as the Musica Sacra choir conducted by Paweł Łukaszewski.

After the solemnities a private meeting with former PWM Edition workers will take place.

Before the Mass in Warsaw the company’s management will place a wreath on the grave of PWM Edition’s founder, Tadeusz Ochlewski.

20 April 2005, Warsaw, National Library

Transfer of Musical Manuscripts

The musical manuscripts of Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Wojciech Łukaszewski, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Roman Palester, Marta Ptaszyńska, Piotr Rytel, Michał Spisak, Michał Świrzyński, Kazimierz Sikorski and Romuald Twardowski, collected over the years by PWM Edition, will be transferred – with the assent of the composers or their heirs – to the music department of the National Library in Warsaw. Their solemn transfer will be combined with a PWM Edition presentation, an exhibition devoted to Grażyna Bacewicz and a short concert involving works, the manuscripts of which will be transferred to the National Library. The performers will be Andrzej Gębski and Joanna Ławrynowicz.

September 2005, Warsaw

Events Associated with the „Warsaw Autumn”

During the International Festival of Contemporary Music PWM Edition will organize a jubilee Concert devoted to Romuald Twardowski, who celebrates his 75th birthday this year.

PWM Edition will display its publications as part of the permanent presentation in the National Library entitled „Publishers’ Salon”. At the same time, further manuscripts of contemporary composers will be transferred to the collections of the Warsaw University Library.

10 November 2005, 7.30 p.m., Cracow Philharmonic Hall

Solemn Jubilee Concert

performed by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jan Krenz presenting works of Polish composers associated with PWM Edition: Overture by Jan Krenz, Inverted Mountain by Marta Ptaszyńska, Pejrene by Zbigniew Bujarski, Ten Polish Dances by Witold Lutosławski and Symphony No. 1 by Feliks I. Dobrzyński.

The concert will, at the same time, mark the inauguration of the 1st Polish Music Festival.

An exhibition of PWM Edition’s publishing output, prepared in collaboration with the Jagiellonian Library, will be opened on the same day at noon. The sixty years of the firm’s activities have resulted in c. 13000 titles (over 60 million copies), many of which can boast outstanding design and editing quality, a number of prizes having been awarded them.

In addition:

All first editions of music publications, books and records will be furnished with a special jubilee logo designed by Marek Repetowski. The more important publications include scores by Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar and Zbigniew Bujarski, a monograph devoted to Wojciech Kilar, conversations with Marek Stachowski, the first volume of Chopin’s correspondence, an album on Adam Didur, a CD of wind trios by contemporary composers and the series „Musica Claromontana”.

A jubilee calendar for 2005 and a promotional leaflet on PWM Edition have been published in Polish and English. A new website devoted to PWM Edition is being prepared as well as a complete catalogue of all PWM Edition publications since 1945. Work on the creation of the firm’s electronic iconographic library is continuing.

Most popular:

PWM Edition’s 75th anniversary album GREAT ENCOUNTERS

GREAT ENCOUNTERS are performers’ meetings with excellent music, but also the encounters of great personalities from the past with composers who enjoy successes in our own times. Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski did for Polish music what the three great Romantic bards and the giants of positivistic novel achieved in the field of literature. Their music not only impresses audiences with its beautiful form and emotional charge, but also provides modern-day artists with an inexhaustible source of inspiration. That music preserves for us the idiom of Polishness, to which, willy-nilly, by way of homage or rebellion, successful generations of artists and music lovers continue to return as to a point of reference. On GREAT ENCOUNTERS, this is done by the most outstanding representatives of Polish jazz and popular music.

What Do We See When We Are Listening? ACOUSMATIC MUSIC from ANAKLASIS

Music is normally supposed to be listened to. Still, it also flows through our other senses. Is it, however, connected with them in a necessary and inseparable manner? After all, we can close our eyes, open up our imagination, and let unexpected experiences flow through our minds. On its brand-new 2CD release from the PORTRAITS series, the ANAKLASIS label invites you to play with your experiences and expectations. The album ACOUSMATIC MUSIC presents the philosophy of music as interpreted by one of the most intriguing contemporary composers – Marcin Stańczyk.

“All is darkness, all is quiet. What will happen here tonight?” FOREFATHERS’ EVE comes out on a gramophone record on 17th March

FOREFATHERS’ EVE by High Definition Quartet, a mesmerising fusion of jazz, ambient, and electronics, will also be available on a gramophone record as of 17th March. The album features a galaxy of experimental music stars and will be released in the REVISIONS series under the ANAKLASIS label, as the second vinyl in that label’s catalogue. Apart from the Quartet, this release brings together such world-famous giants of ambient as William Basinski, Krzysztof Knittel, Robert Rich, Christian Fennesz, and Igor Boxx of Skalpel Duo.

Polish Music Library: PWM Edition sums up the project with an attractive animation

The Polish Music Library is the youngest member of the top flight of Polish libraries, exceptional in terms of its collection and unrivalled for accessibility. It is maintained by PWM Edition, the biggest Polish publisher of sheet music and books about music, which thanks to its international prestige effectively promotes the output of Polish composers around the world. PWM sums up this project, which has been realised since 2017, with an attractive animation presenting the process through which its resources have been digitised.
 

POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC – a new album in the SOUNDS series

Does music call for gender equality? It can surely defend itself. Nonetheless, the artistic advantages of excellent present-day women-composers and their eminent predecessors are worthy of being noticed and highlighted. Women have their separate and distinctive voice in Polish music. In recognition of the need to acknowledge that voice, on 29th January ANAKLASIS will release the CD POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC, comprising orchestral works by Elżbieta Sikora, Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Agata Zubel.
 

Tangos from the library of oblivion – a new disc in the series REVISIONS from ANAKLASIS

A panorama of compositional output combining Polish and Yiddish inter-war hits with sorrowful, despairing tangos from the Ghetto. The disc Bajgelman. Get to Tango represents a twenty-first-century take on the output of the outstanding musician Dawid Bajgelman, from Łódź. These arrangements and reworkings of selected works by one of the greatest composers of Jewish theatre music were produced by the outstanding musician and composer Jarosław Bester. The album comes out on 11 December.
 

A year in Polish music in sixteen albums – ANAKLASIS celebrates its first birthday

The ANAKLASIS record label, created by PWM just one year ago (on 22 November 2019), already boasts sixteen albums, and it shows no signs of slowing down, with further releases announced. 
 

‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ – an international project of PWM Edition

PWM Edition has launched a campaign and an international educational project, which brings the works by Polish composers closer to the audiences worldwide. ‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ encompasses more than just pieces by Chopin – it also means Paderewski, Szymanowska, Moniuszko, Kilar, Kurpiński and many other composers.

The premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera 'Drach' named Event of the Year! The laureates of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards 2020 have been announced

On 7 November 2020, during a gala broadcast on TVP Kultura, the laureates of the 10th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards were announced. The award for Event of the Year went to the premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera Drach. Dramma per musica, given at the AUKSODRONE festival. Aleksander Nowak’s work, to a libretto by Szczepan Twardoch based on his heralded novel, was rewarded for ‘emphasising local dimensions in universal processes, for the strength of its musical and cultural message’. 
 

Krzysztof Herdzin’s 'Impressions on Paderewski' – a new release on ANAKLASIS

Paderewski was a great composer. Herdzin is a great improviser. The fusion of the worlds of these two musical giants has given rise to a new phenomenon, which we share with you today. On the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, it is time to prick up our ears to the most beautiful impressions on his music.