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Stanisław Moniuszko For Everyone
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.
Moniuszko’s legacy occupies an important place in PWM Edition’s publishing work. Since 1945 we have published several hundred scores by the “father of the Polish opera” – from original works to arrangements, transcriptions and educational prints. In the 1950s our publishing house initiated a source-critical edition of Moniuszko’s surviving works. We have commissioned the most eminent Polish composers, conductors and musicologists to prepare scores and part books, published dozens of books and papers on Moniuszko’s life and music, and continuously promoted his music in Poland and workswide.
Our work on projects related to the Moniuszko Year began in 2017 as part of the Polish Music Heritage programme supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since then, an editorial board set up for this task has worked intensively under the direction of Professor Remigiusz Pośpiech to prepare the successive volumes of Moniuszko’s works. We are publishing not only source-critical editions of operatic scores, instrumental solo and chamber music and religious compositions, but also excellent song selections, featuring settings of poems by Adam Mickiewicz as well as foreign poets. This year will also see the publication of: a popular biography of Moniuszko written by Professor Magdalena Dziadek and of the album Stanisław Moniuszko. Po prostu żyć... [Stanisław Moniuszko. Simply to Live…] by Bożena Weber; the research study Moniuszko. Kompendium [A Compendium] edited by Professor Ryszard Daniel Golianek; the beautifully illustrated children’s book Tatulczyk Moniuszko by Katarzyna Huzar-Czub; unique music releases, as well as specially commissioned re-interpretations of Moniuszko’s vocal pieces performed by Agata Zubel, Andrzej Bauer and Cezary Duchnowski.
“All this will be published not only in analogue form on paper and vinyl records, but also on CDs and in virtual form. The sheet music will be accessible via the nkoda application, and the recordings will appear in the most popular streaming services. Our unique iconography and archive materials will be presented on the currently developed website of the Polish Music Library, making cultural resources available online. Our key aim is to present the artistic magnitude of Stanisław Moniuszko and his extraordinary talent to everyone, in every corner of the world,” comments Daniel Cichy, PhD, Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition.
For our youngest audience, PWM Edition has organised a cycle of educational workshops whose participants will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the world of art from many different perspectives, not only as listeners and viewers, but – most importantly – as active recipients and co-creators of artistic works. The workshops are to help them develop their interests as well as discovering new passions and talents. In April and May our workshops accompany the exhibition VIVA Moniuszko! held at the Opera Gallery in Teatr Wielki – The Polish National Opera. This is an excellent opportunity to combine music education with elements of play. Cultural animations and art classes will help the children become familiar with Moniuszko’s music, in particular – with pieces from his Domestic Songbooks. Another cycle of meetings, Tatulczyk Moniuszko dla dzieci [Dad Moniuszko for the Kids], addressed to pupils from Years 1-3 of primary school, will be held by PWM Edition once a month at the Moniuszko Lounge in Warsaw, starting in June.
For the first time in history, PWM Edition has also organised art workshops for intellectually disabled children, catering to the needs of children with developmental and CNS disorders, as well as mild childhood autism. The youngest pupils from two primary schools with integrated classes in Cracow and Warsaw, invited to take part in this project, will attend twelve interdisciplinary workshops conducted by qualified art therapists, at which Moniuszko’s music will be presented in the context of other arts. These workshops are held in May and June in Cracow and Warsaw.
On 5th May all of Poland celebrates the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth. This year PWM Edition, in cooperation with Teatr Wielki – The Polish National Opera in Warsaw invites music lovers to a Moniuszko Birthday Party held at the Moniuszko Lounge in Warsaw. The programme includes games with a special parachute, face painting, balloon twisting, writing birthday cards for Stanisław Moniuszko, a competition for the best portrait of the composer, live music, and many others.
On the same day, PWM’s YouTube channels premieres the first of 31 videos from a special Moniuszko Year cycle dedicated to the work and figure of that great Polish composer. The cycle, entitled A Not Just Domestic Songbook features eminent Polish singers: Urszula Kryger, Iwona Sobotka, Tomasz Konieczny, and Ryszard Minkiewicz.
PWM Edition’s Moniuszko Year activities take place on many different levels. Our publishing house is the strategic partner of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition and founder of the prize for the best performance of a Polish 20th/21st-century song in that competition, as well as partner of the Nationwide Competition “Twenty Looks at Moniuszko”.
In the autumn this year, PWM Edition invites all schools in Poland named after Stanisław Moniuszko to take part in a Nationwide Competition for a Film Study related to the composer’s life and work. For our youngest audience, we are planning a series of 12 educational films on Moniuszko.
More on our Moniuszko Year activities can be read on the PWM website and on our social media profiles, which we encourage you to follow.
A panorama of compositional output combining Polish and Yiddish inter-war hits with sorrowful, despairing tangos from the Ghetto. The disc Bajgelman. Get to Tango represents a twenty-first-century take on the output of the outstanding musician Dawid Bajgelman, from Łódź. These arrangements and reworkings of selected works by one of the greatest composers of Jewish theatre music were produced by the outstanding musician and composer Jarosław Bester. The album comes out on 11 December.
The ANAKLASIS record label, created by PWM just one year ago (on 22 November 2019), already boasts sixteen albums, and it shows no signs of slowing down, with further releases announced.
PWM Edition has launched a campaign and an international educational project, which brings the works by Polish composers closer to the audiences worldwide. ‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ encompasses more than just pieces by Chopin – it also means Paderewski, Szymanowska, Moniuszko, Kilar, Kurpiński and many other composers.
On 7 November 2020, during a gala broadcast on TVP Kultura, the laureates of the 10th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards were announced. The award for Event of the Year went to the premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera Drach. Dramma per musica, given at the AUKSODRONE festival. Aleksander Nowak’s work, to a libretto by Szczepan Twardoch based on his heralded novel, was rewarded for ‘emphasising local dimensions in universal processes, for the strength of its musical and cultural message’.
Paderewski was a great composer. Herdzin is a great improviser. The fusion of the worlds of these two musical giants has given rise to a new phenomenon, which we share with you today. On the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, it is time to prick up our ears to the most beautiful impressions on his music.
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 two discs featuring music by Stanisław Moniuszko have now been joined by another ANAKLASIS release devoted to this outstanding Polish composer. Following W-ŚPIEWNIK and 'The Raftsman', PWM proudly presents the three-disc BOX Moniuszko, comprising the most beautiful twentieth-century recordings: the most famous songs, well-known arias and ensembles, and overtures to Moniuszko operas, part of the HERITAGE series.