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(b. 1935, Czechowice)

Biography List of Works Discography (1997)


Zbigniew Rudziński was born on 23 October, 1935 at Czechowice. He studied composition at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw under Piotr Perkowski (1956-62). In the years 1965 -66 he held a scholarship granted by the French government for studies in Paris. For the year 1971 he received a scholarship from the Dutch government and spent that year in Holland. Since 1976 he has been lecturing at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw as an assistant professor (since 1989 full professor) in the Composition, Theory and Conducting Department. His music retains a tonal background in an expressionist style; the best works achieve a perceptible unity of the aspects of texture, articulation and dynamics.

Rudziński is a prize-winner of the Fifth Young Composers' Competition organized by the Polish Composers' Union (Warsaw, 1962 - Second Prize for "Epigrams" for flute, choir and percussion), and of the Composers' Competition held to celebrate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of founding of the Warsaw Conservatory of Music (1960 - Second Prize for "Sonata" for 2 string quartets, piano and timpani). His compositions were heard at the ISCM Festivals of 1967 ("Contra fidem") and of 1971 (Quartet for two pianos and percussion). His other awards include the Silver Cross of Merit (1975) from the Polish government and the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art (1979).


Orchestral Works

Contra Fidem for symphony orchestra - 1964

Moments Musicaux I for symphony orchestra - 1965

Moments Musicaux II for symphony orchestra - 1967

Moments Musicaux III for symphony orchestra - 1968

Music by the Night for small orchestra - 1970

Vocal - Instrumental Works

4 Songs for baritone and chamber ensemble, to the words by Julian Tuwim - 1960

Epigrams for flute, 2 women's choir and percussion - 1962

3 Songs for tenor and 2 pianos ; words by Ezra Pound, James Joyce, W.R. Benet - 1968

Symphony for men's choir and orchestra - 1969

Requiem for War Victims for choir and orchestra ; Latin text - 1971

Tutti e Solo for soprano, flute, french horn and piano - 1973

The Book of Hours for voice and piano trio - 1983

These are not Dreams for sopranoo and piano - 1987

Chamber Music

Trio for 2 clarinets and bassoon - 1958

Sonata for clarinet and piano - 1959

Sonata for 2 string quartets, piano and timpani - 1960

String Trio - 1964

Study on C for an optional ensemble - 1964

Impromptu for 2 pianos, 3 cellos and 3 percussions - 1966

Quartet for 2 pianos and percussion - 1969

Sonata for piano - 1975

Campanella for percussion ensemble - 1977

"Pastoral" Sonata for violin and piano - 1976-78

Tritones for percussion ensemble - 1979

Three Romantic Potraits for 12 saxophones - 1992

Stage Works

Antigone , chamber opera in 1 act for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, mime, and women's choir - 1980

Manekiny, chamber opera based on the prose of Bruno Schulz - 1981

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