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ANDRZEJ KOSZEWSKI


(b. 1922, Poznań)

Biography List of Works


BRIEF BIOGRAPHY


Andrzej Koszewski, composer, musicologist, music publicist and teacher was born on 26 July, 1922 in Poznań. He is a composer and, at the same time, musicologist, music publicist nd teacher. He completed his music studies in several areas: music theory (1948) and composition (1953) under Stefan B. Poradowski at the State College of Music in Poznań, post-graduate music studies under Tadeusz Szeligowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (now the F. Chopin Academy of Music), and musicology under Adolf Chybiński at the Poznań University (1950). Since 1957 Koszewski has been teaching composition at the State College of Music in Poznań (as professor since 1978).


Koszewski with his wife, June 2000, photo by MT.
    His best-known composition, Muzyka fa-re-mi-do-si for chorus (160), is a complex score written for the sesquicentenary of the birth of Chopin, from whose name its basic motif is derived (Fryderyk CHopin). In general, Koszewski's music is unpretentious in his early works, which are derived from Polish folksongs, as in the Taniec Wielkopolski for small orchestra (1951) and the many choral pieces.

Andrzej Koszewski's compositions especially those for choir, have been performed and recorded in numerous European, Asian and American countries during several international festivals and competitions. The composer has received a number of artistic awards, among them the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art (1967, 1973, 1977, 1978) and also the Award of the City of Poznań and Poznań Voivodeship (1968). His works are published by Brevis, Poznań.



LIST OF WORKS


Orchestral Works

Concerto Grosso for string orchestra - 1947

Symphonic Allegro - 1953

Sinfonietta - 1956


Vocal Works for Unaccompanied Choir

Kashubian Suite for Mixed Choir - 1952
  • Polonaise
  • Cradle Song
  • Ballad
  • Finale

Little Blue Eyes - 1952
  • for women's or boy's Choir
  • for mixed choir

Fa-Re-Mi-Do-Si Music for mixed choir - 1960

La Espero for 2 mixed choirs - 1963

Great Poland Triptych for mixed choir - 1964
  • A Red Crown
  • The Horse is Coming from Town
  • Long Live My Brother

Nicolao Copernico Dedicatum - 1966

Games - 1968
  • The Sandman
  • Outrhyming
  • The Wolf
  • The Kitten

Meeting in Szczecin for mixed choir - 1968

Ba-No-Sche-Ro for mixed Choir - 1971-72
  • Ballata
  • Notturno
  • Scherzo
  • Rondo

Da Fischiare three studies for whistling group - 1973

Canzone e Danza - 1974
  • for women's or boy's choir
  • for men's choir
  • for women's choir

Three Christmas Carols for mixed choir - 1975
  • Christ, Our Lord, is Born
  • Pastorale
  • In Natali Domini

Prologus for mixed choir - 1975

Ad Musicam for vocal orchestra - 1979

Campana for mixed choir - 1980

Vocal Works for Voice and Piano

Three Cradle Songs for soprano and piano - 1969

Piano Works

Sonata Breve - 1954

Intermezzo - 1962

Poppy seeds - 1969

Ornamentations - 1970

Three Sonatinas - 1978
  • 3'30''
  • 4'
  • 6'



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