"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.


Roman Widaszek about Polonaise:


The polonaise – the Polish national dance, of dignified and festive character – has for centuries inspired composers to write not only functional, but also artistic versions of it. More or less expansive, richly orchestrated, sometimes virtuosic polonaises are to be found in the output of such distinguished Polish composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Michał Kleofas Ogiński and, in our time, Wojciech Kilar.

Józef Świder, a Polish composer associated mainly with the choral œuvre, but also possessing a substantial output of instrumental works, likewise did not resist the temptation to compose a polonaise. Thus was the Polonaise for mixed choir a cappella written in 1988; almost simultaneously, the composer also arranged it for three wind instruments: oboe, clarinet and bassoon. For his entire lifetime, the composer was associated with Silesia, and this region has always been famous for the high level of its wind players (Świder’s output contains no less than 20 compositions for such ensembles). This is no doubt why the composer also arranged the original musical material for wind quintet and added it to the second version of his Mini-Quintetto in 2005 (at that time, the artist supplemented the work, originally written in 1993, with additional movements: Imitazione and Polonaise; see the 2016 PWM Edition publication). Świder also arranged the Polonaise for three guitars (1996) and women’s choir (2004).

Józef Świder’s Polonaise for oboe, clarinet and bassoon is a concise, one-movement miniature that can represent perfect material for concert performance, but also for educational purposes. Considering the fact that there are entirely too few contemporary Polish compositions scored for reed instrument trio, this work will without doubt enrich the repertoire for that performance ensemble. The composition is ideally suited to chamber music training at music secondary schools.

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"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.

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!

Give me some music (…)*

On 27 April, the world première of Agata Zubel’s Cleopatra’s Songs for voice and instrumental ensemble will take place. The work was inspired by the now-legendary love story of Antony and Cleopatra. In it, the composer utilizes fragments from the text of Shakespeare’s drama.


The work was commissioned by Klangforum Wien and is dedicated to that ensemble. This is the second work, after What is the Word (2012), to be commissioned by Klangforum Wien from Agata Zubel.


The world première will take place in Germany (Witten) during the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik. Cleopatra’s Songs will be performed by Agata Zubel (S) and Klangforum Wien under Emilio Pomárico. The concert will be broadcast by WDR3 radio.


COMPOSER OF THE MONTH for February is Eugeniusz Knapik, who will be the subject of special promotions lasting till the end of February:


– 50% discount on all his works from the PWM stores,

– the presentation of special photographs of the composer commissioned by PWM,

– the presentation of interesting information relating to the composer and his work,

– competitions and bespoke promotions.

The A–Z of Marcel Chyrzyński

A for Academy, E for Ewelina, I for Inspirations, P for Pipes…

Marcel Chyrzyński, January’s COMPOSER OF THE MONTH, introduces us to his world and his music letter by letter.

COMPOSER OF THE MONTH - new programme by PWM Edition

Polish contemporary music is a world of original, unpredictable characters and a melting-pot of colours, techniques and styles. To help music lovers discover and explore the creative paths of individual composers, PWM Edition is launching a programme entitled COMPOSER OF THE MONTH.

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Feliks Nowowiejski’s oratorio ‘Finding the Holy Cross’ – a special concert

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Krzysztof Knittel’s ‘The Last Judgment’ – premiere 8 November

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‘Cracovians and Highlanders’ – unfamiliar aspects of the opera

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