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New edition of Fantasy String Quartet III in E minor by Zygmunt Noskowski
2012-03-14Apart from working to develop musical culture and to present its customers with the greatest treasures of Polish and world music in reliable, critical arrangements, one of the overarching objectives of Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne has always been to promote Polish music and encourage musicians in the country and abroad to draw upon our native repertoire, including the works of lesser known, but no less valuable, composers. It was this idea that inspired the publisher to create a series which would include the most outstanding Polish composers of chamber works created between 1800 - 1945, during the period in which chamber music played a special role in Poland, among other things due to the lack of permanent symphony orchestras. Creation of chamber works was cultivated not only by professional, but also amateur composers - in schools, associations and private homes. The most popular compositions were piano trios, string quartets and violin and cello music with piano accompaniment. Many of these works, unfortunately, have been lost, and so it seems even more important to present our customers with surviving parts of this very interesting repertoire.
All of the pieces from the "Polish Chamber Music" series are published in the form of a complete set of scores and instrumental parts to be able perform the composition. This series of publications is addressed to both Polish and international chamber music performers, educators (because of its artistic and didactic works), as well as musicians and musicologists dealing with the music of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. Apart from original compositions, intended for trios, quartets and quintets, the series also includes transcriptions. Of particular interest are the arrangements by the eminent pianist Bartłomiej Kominek, who arranged Fryderyk Chopin’s best-known concert pieces for piano with string quartet accompaniment, including two piano concertos and the Krakowiak, Op. 14. The Variations, Op. 2 on "La ci darem la mano" are still in preparation. Such transcriptions give musicians a chance to recreate the atmosphere of music salons, where it is possible to perform the orchestral repertoire while playing music with friends and acquaintances.
The latest number in the PCM series is Zygmunt Noskowski’s Fantasy String Quartet III in E minor; h was one of the leading representatives of chamber music of the second half of the nineteenth century, next to Władysław Żeleński. Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne took on the task of rescuing the composer’s excellent work from the abyss of oblivion, for which Józef Reiss called in 1946, wishing that Noskowski’s previously neglected works would appear permanently in concert halls. Published in 2012, the Quartet III is one of the composer’s most interesting works; it has a free, fanciful form, with advanced harmonic resources. Reviews after the premiere in 1884 were quite cool, but the author, aware of the work’s value, sent it to the "Carillon" Society in Brussels competition, where it received the second prize. Today, musicologists, including Professor Andrzej Wróbel, founder of the Polish Chamber Music Festival, and a hot advocate of restoring Noskowski’s music to the public, agree that the Fantasy String Quartet III in E minor is one of the finest string quartets written at that time in Europe.
Next to works by such famous composers as Chopin and Lutosławski, the PCM series also includes works by authors who are worth rediscovering – such as Nowakowski, or Noskowski, or Rutkowski. We invite you to discover the treasures of Polish chamber from PWM’s oldest and most prestigious publication series!
To date the following have appeared:
Grażyna Bacewicz :
- Trio for oboe, violin and cello
- Fantasy on Polish Themes, Op. 13 transcribed for piano and string quartet
- Grande Polonaise Brillante transcribed for piano and string quartet
- I Concerto E-minor op.11 op. 11 for piano and orchestra; transcribed for piano and string quartet
- II Concerto F- minor op. 21 op. 21 for piano and orchestra; transcribed for piano and string quartet
- Krakowiak op. 14 for piano and orchestra; transcribed for piano and string quartet
Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński:
- Quintet F-major op. 20
- Souvenir de Dresde op. 47 for oboe, piano and cello
- Grand Trio op. 4 for piano, clarinet and horn
- Flute Quartet G-major op. 3 for flute, violin, viola and cello
- Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
- String Quartets [D-minor and F-major]
- Piano quartet D-minor op. 8
- String Quartet II E-major
- Fantasy III String Quartet E-minor
- Grand Quintuor Op.17 for piano, violin, viola, cello and bass
- Trio op. 13 for violin, cello and piano
- Variations on an original theme for String Quartet
- String Quartets opp. 37, 56
- Scherzo-Tarantelle op. 16, transcription for violin solo and chamber ensemble
- String Quartet
- Piano Quartet C-minor op. 61
Authors: Bibianna Ciejka, Bożena Kulig
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.