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Łukasz Borowicz about "Chapter 13"
In a week, 19.01.2016 we will witness the premiere of Agata Zubel’s new composition, Chapter 13. Łukasz Borowicz is going to be the first to conduct the piece.
How did it happen that you had been chosen as conductor of the first performance of Chapter 13, the latest piece of Agata Zubel?
The invitation is a result of my permanent collaboration with Cami Music Agency and long-term activity of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, which is aimed at promoting Polish repertoire, composers and performers.
How well do you know Agata Zubel's music? Is any of her pieces your favourite one?
I have observed and admired the artistic output of Agata Zubel for many years. I still remember my fascination with her 2nd Symphony, can recall many of her performances in her own pieces, and those where we performed together.
What do you consider most interesting in Chapter 13's score?
Following the literary text and illustrative sound, which is fresh and very convincing for me, and which refers in a subtle way to the colour of the music of the 20th century French classics.
Chapter 13 uses fragments of the text of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Does that affect the structure and the musical content of the piece?
Of course, because each piece written under the influence of a great text bears its characteristics. Subtle irony, ephemeral poetic quality and multiplicity of meanings in the words of the Little Prince - I find that all manifested in intricate rhythmic structures which are never blunt, but always remain in the service of expression. The music of Agata Zubel is extremely variable. It very quickly moves from the mood of a comical dialogue to metaphorical conclusions. That all adds to the value of this work.
Do the preparations for the first performance in Los Angeles differ from your standard work on a new score? Chapter 13 was written for a chamber ensemble. What consequences does it have for the conductor?
Precision, precision and, again, precision. These are the consequences that each conductor should (happily) evoke, execute and bear while working on musical pieces, both composed for chamber ensembles and for greater symphony orchestras. Chapter 13 would probably take some beating in terms of complexity. Therefore, with respect, but also with great pleasure, we are taking the challenge of performing it for the first time.
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.