Polish Music Journal
Vol. 1, No. 2. Winter 1998. ISSN 1521 - 6039




Bacewicz (1909-1969) is a Polish composer, virtuosa violinist and pianist of mixed descent (Polish mother, Lithuanian father). After completing her studies in composition (with Kazimierz Sikorski), violin and piano at the Warsaw Conservatory and graduating magna cum laude, she did her postgraduate work in Paris, studying composition with Nadia Boulanger and violin with André Touret and Carl Flesch. At that time she adopted the neoclassical style for her compositional language (later replaced by her own brand of "sonorism"); she became the first Polish woman composer to achieve national and international stature. Her compositional awards included the first prize in the orchestral division and third prize overall at UNESCO's International Rostrum of Composers (1960) for Music for Strings, Trumpets and Percussion and Gold Medal at the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium International Competition for Composers in Brussels (1965) for Violin Concerto No. 7. She was one of the founders of the Warsaw Autumn Festival; she became the first woman vice-president of the Union of Polish Composers (since 1960) and a professor of composition at the Warsaw PWSM (since 1966). Bacewicz's Letters


The youngest sibling from the artistic family, Wanda Bacewicz (b. 1914) was the only one who did not select the career of a musician. A graduate of the Higher School of Journalism in Warsaw, she has been active as a journalist, broadcaster, writer, and poet for the past 50 years (working for the Polish Radio and a variety of publications). Since her poetic debut of 1958, Wanda Bacewicz penned 10 collections of poems; she also edited a volume of memoirs about Karol Szymanowski and numerous collections of writings by her sister, Grażyna. Bacewicz's Letters


Cindy Bylander received her Ph.D. in musicology from The Ohio State University. Her research specialty is post-World War II Polish music, particularly the Warsaw Autumn Festival and the music of Penderecki. She is currently preparing a Bio-Bibliography on Penderecki for Greenwood Press, and has published articles and reviews in Studies in Penderecki, Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Music (forthcoming 1999), Ruch muzyczny, MLA Notes, and Fontes Artes Musicae. She has also written on American music and is an active flutist in San Antonio, Texas. Bylander's Review


After studying at the Sydney (Australia) Conservatorium of Music and Brigham Young University, Luke Howard earned his doctorate in musicology at the University of Michigan with a dissertation on Gorecki's Third Symphony. Dr. Howard's research concentrates on reception history, art music in media and popular culture, and the recent works of Polish and American composers. He teaches music history, keyboard, and directs the early music ensemble at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. Howard's Review


Ms. Popławska (b. 1956) completed her studies in the Institute of Archeology of the University of Warsaw and is a specialist in the domain of archeo-musicology. Her main insterests focus on the history of musical instruments, particularly on the position of musical instruments in archeological research and on the iconography of instruments. Her publications include a book on Medieval String Instruments in Poland, Bohemia and Rus (Warsaw: ODZ Publishing House, 1996) and an article on "Whistles from Nemrik" (Muzyka 39 no. 3, 1994). Poplawska's Article


Dr. Przybyszewska serves on the faculty of the Institute of Fine Arts, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (IS PAN). After receiving her M.A. degree in musicology from the Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw, she earned her doctoral degree (from IS PAN) for a dissertation Text and Music in Biblical Dialogues of Kacper Föster Junior defended in 1991 (in print). Her research interests focus on Baroque music (music in Poland and the connections to Italian and German music; music of the Baltic centers of the 17th century). The second main group of her interests include editing early music: since 1984 she has been the secretary of the series Monumenta Musicae in Polonia. Her publications include: "Kacper Föster Junior. An Outline of a Biography" and "Thematic Catalogue of Works by K. Föster Junior" (Muzyka 1987 no. 3); "Authentic and derivative transmission of 17th-c. music as sources of knowledge about the performance practice of this epoch" (in Proceedings of the Conference "Baroque Music: Styles, Interpretations, Stylizations", Poznań 1994); "Reception of the Repertoire of the Ensemble of Władysław IV Waza in Central and Northern Europe in the light of 'Iudicium Cribri Musici' by Marco Scacchi" (Barok vol. 1 no. 2, 1994); "The Sacred Dramatic Dialogue in the 17th Century Poland. Facts and Suppositions" (in English; Musica Iagellonica vol. 1, 1995); Issues in Editing Early Music: An Anthology (editor; in print). Przybyszewska's Article


Editor: Maria Anna Harley. Publisher: Polish Music Reference Center
Design: Maria Anna Harley & Marcin Depinski. 10 - 30 December 1998.
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