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"Quo vadis" by Feliks Nowowiejski in Poznań
On 11 November, during the concert held at the Grand Theatre in Poznań, we will be able to hear two pieces of music by Feliks Nowowiejski: Psalm 136 "Ojczyzna" (Fatherland) Op. 18 and "Quo vadis" Oratorio Op. 30. The concert will mark the celebrations of the National Independence Day.
The "Quo Vadis" Oratorio is considered to be Nowowiejski's greatest work. When writing it, the composer was inspired by Henryk Sienkiewicz's famous novel of the same title which gained international acclaim. Feliks Nowowiejski's oratorio was enthusiastically received by audiences around the world. In the interwar period, it was presented around 200 times in the cities of Europe and the Americas.
The piece is a five-movement cantata for soprano, baritone and bass, mixed choir, organ and symphony orchestra. Its style refers to the genre of Meyerbeer's grand opera and bears affinities to Haendel's oratory style, especially in choral parts. Feliks Nowowiejski composed the oratorio in 1903. It had its premiere in 1907 in Ústí nad Labem and was very well received by the audience. However, the composer was not happy with the piece and modified it a bit. The final version was performed in 1909 in Amsterdam. In the intermission, Queen Wilhelmina honoured Nowowiejski with a ring and a wreath with ribbons in the national colors of the Netherlands.
The concert in Poznań will start at 7 p.m.
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.