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Maciej Zieliński: composer of the month in September


In 2021 PWM Edition is highlighting trends and directions in Polish music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and also composers representing those currents who are associated with PWM. September features postmodernism, à la Maciej Zieliński. 

Maciej Zieliński is one of the most important composers of his generation. His contemporary output is defined as ‘emotional postmodernism’. It stands out for its expressivity, formal and structural inventiveness, original orchestration and individual approach to postmodernism.


Zieliński is also an esteemed, award-winning composer of film music. His distinctions include the New Filmmakers LA Award, three nominations for the Polish film industry’s ‘Eagle’ awards and a nomination for the Crystal Pine Award at the International Sound and Film Music Festival in Croatia.


Maciej Zieliński is equally passionate about popular music (incl. collaborations with Kayah and Ania Dąbrowska), film music (incl. Gry uliczne [Street games] and Sługi boże [Humble servants]) and contemporary music. In this last category, free from the demands of the market and producers, Zieliński is able to fully develop the range of his compositional ambitions and capabilities. One of the first discs released on the ANAKLASIS label is ARCHIPELAG [ARCHIPELAGO] (ANA 004), featuring contemporary music by Maciej Zieliński. The postmodernist multiplicity of influences in Zieliński’s works is well served on this disc by his collaboration with an orchestra specialising in combining different musical worlds, and it would be hard to find an ensemble with more experience in that domain than the Aukso - Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, conducted by Marek Moś. From Shining II, inspired by optical phenomena, and also entering into dialogue with the output of Krzysztof Penderecki (whose compositions were used in the cult horror film The Shining) to Accello Tanguero, in which the solo instruments are accordion and cello, as befits a travesty of the tango idiom, we hear clearly that Archipelag consists of works written not just for string orchestra, but also for vivid emotions. 


For more on ANA 004, visit the ANAKLASIS website


Works by Maciej Zieliński and publications dealing with his music can be bought at a discounted price in the PWM bookshop and via our website. We invite anyone interested in digital access to his sheet music to explore this composer’s work through the nkoda app.

We invite you to read the composer’s ALFABET [Alphabet], which introduces issues of importance to the composer and helps us to get to know him better.

A - abstraction, alienation, absynth, adrenaline, art, angel, archi, aura

Alone in a crowd for alto saxophone and tape

A. for alto saxophone and piano


L – logic, literature, lottery

Lutosławski in memoriam for oboe and piano


F - fascination, Faust, fiction, film

Fallen Angel for drums and tape


A - absurdity, aphorism, accent, action, acoustics, algorithm, anomaly, argument, applause

Accello for accordion, cello, string orchestra and percussion


B - baroque, bible, big band, ballet, baton, flat

Barocode I for violin, viola and string orchestra

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow for flute, viola and harp


E - energy, emotions, ethics, ethos, euphoria, evolution, empathy

Elemen T for orchestra


T - tango, top, theme, term, tolerance, triton

Three dreams and a lullaby

Tractus for mixed choir a cappella

Trio for M.B. for clarinet, violin and cello

That time of year for a vocal ensemble

Time Capsule for orchestra

Most popular:

THE TALE OF THE HEART. FAVOLA IN MUSICA: a joint project by Aleksander Nowak and Radek Rak from ANAKLASIS on sale as of 6th October

It is a musical-literary tale about a quest for identity, truth, and for what makes us human. The new stage work by Aleksander Nowak – which is, at the same time, Radek Rak’s operatic debut – explores the sources of good and evil, fusing reality with mythology and steering towards ‘the left-hand side of the world’. The authors spin a tale about the dual human nature. THE TALE OF THE HEART. FAVOLA IN MUSICA – the album that presents their joint project – will go on sale on 6th October.


Różycki’s Adventures in Jazzland. The album INSPIRED BY LUDOMIR RÓŻYCKI from ANAKLASIS on sale as of 28th August

Spectacularly successful as Ludomir Różycki’s music was in his lifetime, it is seldom programmed nowadays. All the same, such remarkable art could hardly fall into utter oblivion. It has attracted and fascinated excellent jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz, who has translated it into the language of jazz. The effects have been recorded and released on ANAKLASIS label’s most recent album, INSPIRED BY LUDOMIR RÓŻYCKI, which goes on sale as of 28th August.

PWM przenosi się na Wiejską

PWM Edition is entering the execution phase of the revitalisation of its Warsaw department. With the commencement of the renovation and the implementation of the assumptions of the architectural design, the Hire Department and the editorial office of “Ruch Muzyczny” are moving to a temporary headquarters at 19 Wiejska Street, Warsaw.


This is by no means a piece about the centuries-long Polish-German conflict. It is, instead, a tale of impossible love, of tragic conflict between personal happiness and the common good.

PWM Edition is the exclusive representative of the Ricordi publishing house in Poland

PWM Edition resumes cooperation with the Italian publishing house Ricordi, as well as with its international partners forming Universal Music Publishing Classics & Screen. This means that rentals of orchestral materials from the catalogues of all publishing houses belonging to Classics & Screen is carried out in Poland by Dział Zbiorów Nutowych (Sheet Music Department) of PWM.


The most fascinating phenomena in contemporary music; a wide range of genres; outstanding works, excellent composers and performers – are the trademarks of the record label ANAKLASIS, launched by PWM Edition. ANAKLASIS is now celebrating its third birthday. It continues to grow at a dizzying pace and maintains the high artistic standards of its releases.


When asked to attempt a definition of her music, she called it lyrical expressionism. The choice of this term says much about the emotional intensity of Elżbieta Sikora’s music, which may reflect the experience of her two home countries, Poland and France, but is also a consequence of her artistic maturation in an age when two powerful trends – the avant-garde and neo-Classicism – were vying for the palm. Such a label may also result from the artist’s focus on the listener as her target, whom she invariably attempts to surprise, shock, or bewilder.

Polish chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries in Estonia!

In cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, we invite you to two concerts and lectures presenting the diversity and beauty of Polish music. 

The first “ChopinLand Piano Competition” in Japan goes down in history

Over 300 performances of works by Polish composers, 114 finalists, a total of 36 repertoire pieces in 6 age categories, 20 winners, 17 jurors, 4 competition locations and one day of master classes. The piano competition for children and teenagers, “ChopinLand Piano Competition,” is behind us – an extraordinary project that took several months, which PWM Edition organized in Japan. Thanks to cooperation with local partners, Polish music could reach hundreds of young pianists and their teachers, creating the ambassadors of Polish music in the Land of the Rising Sun.