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Sławomir Kupczak – the April Composer of the Month
In our gallery of COMPOSERS OF THE MONTH, we present today the figure of Sławomir Kupczak, our April Composer of the Month.
His ‘composer’s alphabet’ is simple in form but rich in content and contexts:
A for abstraction, angling, ‘ah!’, Anaphora VI, the Academy of Music in Wrocław, AUKSO, Andy Warhol, accentato e tenuto, acquaforte, armchair, ‘apple’, Analogya 2, Azelia Banks
B for being close to each other, Bach, Buena Vista Social Club, Barbara Skarga, bureau (that is, writing desk), beauty, Bółt Records, Bandito the Cat, Beckett Samuel, bum for computer, bed, Bulgakov Mikhail, Bareja Stanisław, Beverly Hills, 90210
C for tender care, countertenor, cooperation, cheesecake, chess, changeability, Cioran Emil, chinkali, camp, Cetirizini dihydrochloridum, Chopin, Chłopecki Andrzej, casual, conductor, coffee, cello, computer, Creation I, Cikada String Quartet, Studio of Computer Composition at the Wrocław Academy of Music
D for Daft Punk, determination, ‘dear me!’, I don’t know, I don’t want, Dynasty, disco, Dossier A.Z., document, David Lynch, Diva, De profundis, Danny Trejo, A Dream Caused by a Bee’s Flight Around a Pomegranate a Second before Waking Up, 13 Dobrowolskiego Street
E for Eve, Edges, emotion, empathy, education, eroticism, the eight notes, études by Kreutzer R.
F for flirting, film, freedom, fear, friends, Fullness, Francis Ford Coppola, Ford Gran Torino, Figliki, Frank Miller
G for Gliwice, the Grotowski Centre, garden plot, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Pelle
H for humour, hypertension, heat wave, ‘holy mother!’, Hummingbirds, house, heets, Halny, Hopper Edward
I for initiative, independence, image, audio interface
J for Joanna, Jukka Tiensuu, jokes, Jelenia Góra, James Bond
K for Kołakowski Leszek, Kojak, Kleiber Carlos, kitsch, Kraków, Kondratiuk Andrzej
L for love, lake, laughter, laziness, lightness, Lofty, Lutosławski Witold, Lalique, ‘Livka dear, get me a beer’, Leonard Bernstein, la la laaaaaa.....
Ł for “Łowiecka”
M for Mozart, M.I.A., mini lottery, “Musica Polonica Nova”, Mark Rothko, Miami Vice, Mahler, Marian Paździoch
N for Naira, night, Novella, Nikifor, nanny Leonia, the (Polish) NHS, nominated teacher
O for otherness, One in Ten, Oratorio, Olga Lipińska’s Cabaret, The Olsen Gang, contemporary opera
P for passion, pure cotton, Polish Radio Channel Two, Podlasie, Penultima, PWM, PKP railways, PSMs (my music schools in Jelenia Góra), performance, pierogi, “Polityka” weekly, Partita III by Paweł Szymański
R for repetitions, Report, Różewicz Tadeusz, Rucola (Rocket Salad), Rambo, Rysa, Res facta, Radiohead
S for Sine amore nihil est vita, Sinhá Moça, scales and passages, stubborn, submissive, skis, songs, smell, seafood, silence, Stasiuk Andrzej, Sorrentino Paolo, structure, surconventionalism,
T for theatre, Tarantino Quentin, tachycardia, TVP Kultura, table tennis, steak tartare, Tomasz Sikorski, Tsmindao Ghmerto, tulips, Tadeusz Konwicki
U for ‘uh-huh’
W for wood, work, wine, winter, white over red, Wrocław, Webern Anton, Widziałem Cię [I Saw You], the “Warsaw Autumn”
V for vintage, vinyl, voice, Venice, violence, violin, Voyager
Z for Z listopada 2010 [From November 2010] for computer
Another piece by Sławomir Kupczak will soon be added to the PWM publisher’s catalogue: Diva for soprano and string quartet, premiered on 30th March this year during the 8th Festival of Premieres, which was recently held in Katowice. Before the premiere we recorded the composer’s and the performers’ comments on this piece, which can be heard and viewed on our YouTube profile:
Sławomir Kupczak – www.youtube.com/watch?v=j253US4CZps
Agata Zubel – www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrVzJ7E5_6M
Arkadiusz Kubica (The Silesian Quartet) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdNqojTfNIg
We encourage you to add works by Sławomir Kupczak to your library. Throughout this month they can be purchased at a 50% discount!
On 30 September, the call for applications for the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020 was closed. From almost 50 applications, the jury selected seven laureates and distinguished five compositions.
In the year of the exceptional jubilee, the composer's 90 birthday, a unique album is published in the ANAKLASIS catalogue, devoted to the chamber vocal and instrumental works of Twardowski. They are performed by the world-famous bass-baritone, Tomasz Konieczny, and an outstanding pianist, Lech Napierała.
The songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Romuald Twardowski are widely known and appreciated both by the public and the musical world. But what if we could get to know these pieces from the inside out? Two world-class musicians invite you to a unique master class experience – delivered straight to your doorstep! The acclaimed bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and the ingenious pianist Lech Napierała will be the guides to those who are curious about the most beautiful Polish songs. The online Song Master Class program is launching now.
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)”.