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Wojciech Ziemowit Zych's Work, Solilokwium II - Pejzaż myśli zamarzłych in France
2014-01-07Wojciech Ziemowit Zych's work, „Solilokwium II - Pejzaż myśli zamarzłych” (Soliloquy II- Landscape of Frozen Thoughts) will be presented alongside works by C. Nielsen and L. van Beethoven by Pierre Génisson (clarinet) and the Ostinato Orchestra conducted by Patrycja Pieczara on January 21 at a concert in Vincennes and 22 January in Lycée Sainte-Geneviève in Versailles. In 2000, the work was awarded first prize in the category "String orchestra with solo instrument" in the second Andrzej Panufnik Competition for Young Composers in Krakow.
"Soliloquy II- Landscape of Frozen Thoughts for bass clarinet and 20 string instruments is a work written in 1999, at a time when I was still a composition student in the class of prof. Marek Stachowski at the Academy of Music in Kraków, and shortly after my stay at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands where, thanks to a Socrates / Erasmus scholarship I was a student in the composition class of Peter-Jan Wagemans. In this work, which belongs to my early works, there are, from the side of compositional technique, many obvious borrowings and references, including to the chain technique and harmonic organisation of Witold Lutoslawski, the string sonorism of Krzysztof Penderecki's early works, and finally to the idea of spatial music of Iannis Xenakis. However, the result of these many inspirations has become, in my subjective assessment, paradoxically, a coherent artistic statement. It is not yet devoid of youthful naivety, but already in possession of a fairly strong independent character, a glimmer of artistic maturity that distinguishes Soliloquy II from other, school compositions from that time. This is why this work today is the only one written during my composition studies which is in its own way current. This is because I can find in it the seeds of areas of compositional searching which are still relevant to me. Perhaps the two most important ones are: the idea of spatial music, and a fascination with the sound of bass clarinet, developed and deepened afterwords in other works." [Wojciech Ziemowit Zych]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.