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Polish music on Polish Independence Day


Over the centuries, the idiom of Polishness has been marked and emphasised in music in various ways. The entire oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin is suffused with the ‘Polish spirit’, as are the operas of Stanisław Moniuszko, for example, or Michał Kleofas Ogiński’s polonaise ‘Pożegnanie ojczyzny’ [Farewell to the homeland]. The output of Karol Szymanowski, Wojciech Kilar and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki is also associated with Polishness.

The PWM catalogue includes many works associated with the watchwords ‘Polish music’ or ‘national music’, employing the texts of recognised poets, drawing on folklore and old Polish melodies, paying tribute to heroes and prominent Poles, and referring thematically to Polish cities and regions.

To encourage you to listen to these lesser known works, we hereby present a selection of orchestral works from the PWM catalogue relating to Polish independence.


Let us celebrate by listening to and performing Polish music. To our heart’s content … Independence is for all!

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Zygmunt Krauze. 'The Declaration'. World Premiere.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be regarded as the first significant achievement of the UN in the field of protection of human rights. It was adopted in 1948.


Zygmunt Krauze – 70 years after the document was created and 100 years since Poland regained its independence – referring to the provisions of the Declaration, in his latest work he makes reflections on the condition of contemporary societies.

World premiere of Marcel Chyrzyński’s ‘Ukiyo-e No. 4’

In the last week of July (22-29.07.2018), the 41st Days of Music by Karol Szymanowski will take place in Zakopane. During this year's edition of the festival a number of chamber concerts and recitals are planned. The program will be dominated by 'classics' of the nineteenth and twentieth century: Chopin, Paderewski, Górecki, also Bartòk, Beethoven or Ravel. Of course, there will be plenty of Karol Szymanowski's music as well.

Aleksander Lasoń, COMPOSER OF THE MONTH for June

Aleksander Lasoń – composer, conductor, pianist. Aesthete. June’s COMPOSER OF THE MONTH.


Websites offer facts relating to the artist’s creative path. Yet one would seek in vain information relating to his private life. The composer keeps his world strictly to himself. At our request, however, he has lifted the veil of secrecy. In his own inimitable way, Aleksander Lasoń speaks about the things most important to him. In the form of a compositional A to Z, the like of which we have yet to see on the PWM website!

Aleksander Nowak’s new opera to a libretto by Olga Tokarczuk (winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018!)

The Man Booker International Prize, alongside the Pulitzer and the Literary Nobel Prize, is one of the most important distinctions in the world of literature. The thirteen nominated authors included Olga Tokarczuk, for her novel 'Flights'. On 22 May, the winners of this year’s edition were announced: Olga Tokarczuk and the English translator of her novel, Jennifer Croft.

"Polonaise" for oboe, clarinet and bassoon - world premiere

Thirty years after the Polonaise for oboe, clarinet and bassoon was composed, it is being published by PWM Edition, and its world première on 23 May 2018 at the Polish Library in Paris will be performed by the Cracow Reed Trio, comprised of Marek Mleczko, oboe; Roman Widaszek, clarinet; and Paweł Solecki, bassoon.

Andrzej Kwieciński, PWM COMPOSER OF THE MONTH for May

Young, innovative, ambitious, unconventional, surprising, bold.

Those words describe our COMPOSER OF THE MONTH for May – Andrzej Kwieciński.

Zygmunt Krauze’s A to Z

Intriguing, inspiring, moving…

The A to Z of Zygmunt Krauze, April’s COMPOSER OF THE MONTH, will be nothing if not stimulating. Not wishing to drop any hints, we leave you the pleasure of following the paths set out by the composer.

Marcin Stańczyk, first Resident-Composer of Musica Polonica Nova Festival

Upcoming 31st edition of the "Musica Polonica Nova" festival in Wrocław is going to take place on 20-28 april. It is, next to "Warsaw Autumn", among the oldest polish festivals dedicated to new music. One of the ideas of MPN's new artistic director Paweł Hendrich is to show the work of one particular composer during each edition of the festival. The first artist to be invited as a Resident-Composer is Marcin Stańczyk. Congratulations!