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Evenings with Karol Szymanowski's Music and Manuel de Falla in Katowice

2011-03-16
From 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.

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