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Young Poland in Frankfurt (Oder)

2006-03-08
Works by Grzegorz Fitelberg, Szymon Laks, Aleksander Tansman and Eugeniusz Morawski will be performed by the Branderburg Symphony Orchestra as part of "The Music Days on the Oder"

The performance of the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra at a solemn concert on 12 March - organized as part of the Polish-German Year, coming to its close in May 2006 – is connected with a number of jubilees of symbolic significance for the Polish-German and all-European relations: the 500th anniversary of the Viadrina University, the 15th anniversary of its re-opening (in July 1991) and the 15th anniversary of the formation of the Weimar Triangle – a "tricovenant" made on 28 August 1991, on Goethe’s birthday, by the then three ministers of foreign affairs of France, Germany and Poland: Roland Dumas, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Krzysztof Skubiszewski.

 

Also in the domain of music, and perhaps even – as a result of the entanglements of political history – especially in this domain, this triangular constellation can be distinctly felt. The programmatic foundation of the Weimar Triangle was a continuation of a „common historical tradition”. After Poland had lost its sovereignty as a result of the third partition in 1795, which had also checked the development of an independent national culture, generations of Polish intellectuals and artists were forced to emigrate. In this situation the cultural centres of Germany and France – Berlin and Paris – played the most important role. Later, in the time of national socialism, the ways of emigration led even farther: to England and especially to the United States of America. The Concert of the Brandenburg State Orchestra is dedicated to these aspects of Polish history of music.

 

The programme of the concert will be made up of works by a number of outstanding Polish composers of the first half of the twentieth century:

 

Grzegorz Fitelberg (1879-1953): A Song about a Falcon (1906)

 

Szymon Laks (1901 – 1983): A Poem for Violin and Orchestra (1954) – world premiere

 

Aleksander Tansman (1897 – 1986): A Tribute to the Memory of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1968-69) – German premiere

 

Eugeniusz Morawski (1876 – 1948): Nevermore – A Raven (1911) – German premiere

 

Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra in Frankfort-on-Oder

Conducted by Jűrgens Bruns

Klaudyna Broniewska-Schulze - violin

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