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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.
Composer's latest piece, ‘The Declaration’ for 14 instruments, two voices and electronic sound will have its world premiere on September 12 in Krakow as part of the Sacrum Profanum festival. It will be performer by Hashtag Ensemble under the baton of Maciej Koczur.
Fragments of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, are used in this work. In spite of the passing of so many years, some postulates of the declaration have not yet been fully implemented. This work reminds us of the painful fact of unfulfillment, and the inability of countries and politicians to harmonize their mutual relations according to the spirit of this document.
The Declaration (2018) reflects not only the important and relevant ideas contained in the UN Declaration, but also expresses my thoughts through the character and emotional state of specific fragments in the work.
The Declaration is a continuation of my interest in matters that are not only musical. Previously these interests have been brought into the open in the following compositions: Tableau Vivant (1982) – martial law in Poland; Hymn to Tolerance (2007) – devoted to the city of Jerusalem; Exodus 2016 (2016) – an image of the inhuman treatment of refugees; Terra Incognita (1994) – unpredictable and cruel Europe; Arabesque (1983) – the Arabic-French conflict; Blanc-Rouge (1985) – the drama of Polish history.
More info at Sacrum Profanum website.
© PWM / photo Bartek Barczyk
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.