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The premiere of 'Symphony No. 4' by Paweł Łukaszewski
The premiere of Symphony No. 4 by Paweł Łukaszewski will take place on 3rd June. The composer entitled it ‘Symphony on the Mercy of God’, referring to his earlier works within this genre that were dedicated to God’s Providence, Love and Angels.
This is how Paweł Łukaszewski describes his work:
‘Symphony on the Mercy of God’, i.e. Symphony No. 4, is a continuation of my earlier path connected with composing vocal-instrumental symphonies. Each of them is devoted to a unique and significant issue: the first one - God’s Providence, the second - Love, the third - Angels and the fourth - Devine Mercy.
For a long time I have pondered on this topic, and the commission I received from Białystok Archdiocese contributed to my dedication towards Devine Mercy. So I started looking for texts, I pilgrimaged to places associated with persons engaged in spreading the religious cult. I went to Vilnius, Łagiewniki and Białystok. I studied abundant literature, including journals of Blessed Michał Sopoćko and a diary by Saint Faustina. I also found the act of entrustment of the world proclaimed by Saint John Paul II in Łagiewniki. I was especially influenced by the growing cult of the image of Jesus Christ and entrustment with the words “Jesus, I trust in you”. In my quest, I also studied the history of all paintings modelled by the vision of Sister Faustina.
The selection of texts is connected with some kind of order of emerging figures and events: and so Saint Peter and his call: “Praised to be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”; next the words of Sister Faustina when she had a vision and saw Lord Jesus: “(...) and in his garment there shone two great rays of light”; later the prayer of Father Sopoćko, Sister Faustina’s confessor; lastly the prayer of the Rosary and words of John Paul II. Throughout the entire symphony the most important sentence is woven: “Jesus, I trust in you”, or its Latin translation: “Jesu confido tibi”, which became a composer’s idea, but most notably, the desire to highlight this exceptional message.
While working on the symphony, there appeared a concept of separating one of the parts that may function independently. It is entitled ‘Precatio rosaria’ (or ‘Rosary Prayer’) and may be performed by a mixed choir a cappella.
Symphony No. 4 lasts ca. 40 minutes and is comprised of five parts. It is dedicated to a symphony orchestra, mixed choir, children’s choir and 2 soloists: soprano and baritone.
The premiere will take place in Białystok Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, with the participation of Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział (soprano), Maciej Nerkowski (baritone) and the Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic conducted by Wojciech Michniewski.
© PWM / fot. Marta Filipczyk
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.