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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.
During the final concert on July 29, the world premiere will be given to Marcel Chyrzyński’s ‘Ukiyo-e No.4’ for clarinet, French horn, piano and string orchestra. It will be performed by the musicians of the Silesian Trio (Joanna Domańska - pf, Roman Widaszek - cl, Tadeusz Tomaszewski - cr) with the accompaniment of the Silesian Chamber Music Orchestra conducted by Robert Kabara.
In the week preceding the premiere of ‘Ukiyo-e No.4’, on Tuesday, July 24, a meeting with the composer will take place as part of ‘highlander's residences’ in the Gallery at Wnuk's. Marcel Chyrzyński will talk about his latest piece.
The foretaste of the meeting will be the words of the author's commentary on ‘Ukiyo-e’:
Ukiyo-e No. 4 for Clarinet, French Horn, Piano and String Orchestra (2018) is a part of a planned cycle of works titled ‘Ukiyo-e’. It is my fourth composition inspired by Japanese woodcuts ukiyo-e, meaning ‘pictures of the floating world’. These works were seen as the essence of atmosphere of both everyday and cultural life of Japan in the Edo period (17th-19th century).
In the emotional aspect of the cycle I refer to Japanese aesthetics, in which fleetingness, fragility and transience of a given moment are of special importance. Also, the Buddhist attitude towards nature may be sensed, as ‘beauty of the flowers is dear to us, for we know that in the autumn they will no longer be here.’
The piece was commissioned by the Karol Szymanowski Association in Zakopane and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland within the programme ‘Collections’ – the priority ‘Composers’ Commissions’ implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.
We cordially invite you both to this meeting and to the entire festival.
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.