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World premiere of Mikołaj Górecki’s "Elegy"
On April 19, at the 6th Festival of World Premieres "Polish Modern Music" in Katowice, Tomasz Strahl and the AUKSO Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś will perform Mikołaj Górecki's Elegy for cello and string orchestra for the first time. Karolina Kolinek-Siechowicz talks to the soloist about the piece.
Cello is an instrument that is probably best suited for conveying the mood of elegy.
Yes, the cello idiom, melancholy, is contained in its sound, so it can perfectly convey the mood of elegy. The work by Mikołaj Górecki uses these possibilities to the best. When I saw the part of the cello, I had an impression that the composer must have played that instrument all his life.
As the first performer of that piece of music, did you have any influence on what it looked like?
We consulted some structural issues, but when I got the score from PWM Edition, I was absolutely delighted. I am truly touched with it and it is difficult for me to stop practising it. I think that it significantly enriches the contemporary cello repertoire, which needs such communicative and beautiful pieces of music.
Can you say a few words about the structure of Elegy?
Elegy begins with a dark interlude, which is then followed by two first variations of a dramatic, virtuoso character. The cello part has been arranged perfectly: there are doublings, doubles and a virtuoso semiquaver texture. Variation number three is like a ray of sunshine: hope comes here for a while. Personally, I see an analogy to Elegy by Gabriel Fauré: a cello cantilena is fantastic, you can even say it is divine. Then, again, comes the virtuoso action turn and all falls into a dark wailing of the cello that is apparently heading towards non-existence.
Harmony and the way of creating dramaturgy have a tremendous role here. The unquestionable advantage of the piece is also its homogeneous sound arising from the instrumental line-up of cello against the string quintet that does not attenuate its sound. Precise notation of Elegy is also worth mentioning.
I think that Elegy is the work that is equally precious as the music of Mikołaj's father, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, who had never composed any cello concerto. Maybe the son was supposed to finish his father's output according to the latter's genius, but in his own, colourful and communicative style.
Will Elegy become a regular position in your repertoire?
For sure! I would love to popularise it. I will try to play it whenever I can, and I will also encourage my students to play it.
PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association invite to take part in the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra - Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020. This is the first edition of the international competition for composers, the subject of which is to write a premiere composition for a concert wind orchestra.
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.