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Evenings with Karol Szymanowski's Music and Manuel de Falla in Katowice
2011-03-16From March 29th-31st the 14th festival "Evenings with the music of Karol Szymanowski" at the Music Academy in Katowice will take place, dedicated to the work of the outstanding Polish composer in combination with the work of Manuel de Falla. The formula of the festival juxtaposes K. Szymanowski’s compositions with the compositions of his contemporaries, showing his work in the rich context of world culture. In previous years these have been: L. Janaček, G. Bacewicz, M. Ravel, B. Bartók, R. Strauss, S. Prokofiev, S. Rachmaninov, Silesian composers, D. Shostakovich, C. Debussy, C. Nielsen and in 2010, Fryderyk Chopin.
In the concert on 29th March one may hear: Manuel de Falla - Trois mélodies, Tus ojillos negros, Canción del amor dolido from the ballet “El amor brujo”, Canción del fuego fatuo from the ballet “El amor brujo”, Psyche for mezzosoprano, flute, harp, violin, viola and cello, Concerto for harpsichord, flute, oboe, clarinet vioin and cello; K.Szymanowski - songs „Nynie otpuszczajeszi”, „Spraw niech płaczę” fragment from the oratorio „Stabat mater” op.53, Six folksongs (kurpie) for a capella choir.
In the programme for the concert on March 30th we can find K.Szymanowski – Masques op.34, Manuel de Falla - Andaluza from Cuatro piezas españolas (1906), Fantasía Bética (1919), K.Szymanowski – Variations in B flat minor op. 3, 2 Mazurkas op. 50, 2 Mazurkas op. 62, Fantasy in C major op.14
The last day of the festival, 31st March is a presentation of the pieces: Manuel de Falla - Hommage pour le tombeau de C.Debussy for guitar, Danza del Corregidor from the ballet „El sombrero de tres picos” (version for 2 guitars), Danza del Molinero from the ballet „El sombrero de tres picos " (version for 2 guitars), Danza espagnole from the ballet „La vida breve” (version for 2 guitars), Danza del fuego from the ballet „El amor brujo” (version for 2 guitars), 7 canciones populares españolas (1914) – version for viola and piano; K.Szymanowski – String Quartet 1 op. 37, String Quartet 2 op. 56
Details of the programme and performers can be found here.
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.
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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.
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