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(b. 1895, Zurich - d. 1986, Warsaw)

Biography List of Works


Kazimierz Sikorski was born on June 28, 1895 in Zurich. In 1919 he graduated from the Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw where he studied composition under Felicjan Szopski; in 1921 he graduated from Warsaw University (from the philosophy department). He also studied musicology under Adolf Chybiński in Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine). In the years 1925-26 and 1930 Sikorski continued his music studies under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. For many years he taught composition and theory at the State Colleges of Music in Łódź, Poznań and Warsaw. He was the president of the State Colleges of Music in Łódź, (1947-54) and in Warsaw (1957-66). In the years 1953-59 he was president of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 1968 he has been chairman of the Frederick Chopin Society.

Kazimierz Sikorski was a distinguished teacher of several generations of Polish composers and at the same time the author of numerous basic theoretical and pedagogical textbooks in the fields of harmony, counterpoint and study of instruments, among them "Study of Instruments", "Harmony" in 3 volumes and "Counterpoint" in 3 vols. He won numerous awards, such as State Awards in 1937, 1951 (of the Second Degree, for music to the Polish film "Warsaw Premiere") and 1955 (of the First Degree, for his composer's activity and his great contribution in the field of teaching), Polish Composer's Union Award in 1951 and 1975, Prizes at the Polish Music Festivals in 1951 and 1955, the Commander's Cross 'Polonia Restituta' in 1955, an Order of the Banner of Labour of the First Class in 1960, and Music Award of the Capital of Warsaw in 1960. In 1975 he received the doctor's "honoris causa" degree of the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (now F. Chopin Academy of Music). He was granted honorary membership in the Polish Composer's Union and in several music societes, such as the Frederic Chopin Society and Warsaw Music Society.


Chamber Music

String Quartet No.2 - 1918

Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas - 1920

Orchestral works

Symphony No.2 - 1921

Overture for small orchestra - 1945

Suite 'Rustic Pictures' for small orchestra - 1945
  • Wedding March
  • A Maiden's Complaint
  • Dances
Symphonic Allegro - 1946

Suite from Istebna for small orchestra - 1948

Overture to the Pageant 'Song of our People' - 1949

Symphony No.3 in the form of concerto grosso - 1953

Popular Overture - 1954

Symphony No.4 - 1969

4 Polonaises of Versailles for string orchestra - 1974

Symphony No.5 - 1974

The Canoni Su Un Tema Unico for string orchestra - 1981

Works for Solo and Orchestra

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra - 1947

Concerto for horn and small orchestra - 1948

Concerto for flute and orchestra - 1957

Concerto for trumpet and string orchestra - 1960

Polyphonic Concerto for bassoon - 1965

Concerto for oboe and orchestra - 1967

Concerto for trombone and orchestra - 1973

Vocal Music - Works for Soli, Choir and Orchestra

Stabat Mater Oratorio after the Mediaeval Hymns by Jacopone da Todi - 1943

Vocal Music - Works for Unaccompanied Mixed Choir

A Boy Told Me - folk tune

Bye-Bye - folk song

Cranberry Tree - Kurpian folk tune

Dark Night - Kurpian folk tune

Fly, Voice - Kurpian folk tune

In The Garden - Kurpian folk tune

In The Midst of teh Field - Kurpian folk tune - 1947

Janek, Janek - Kurpian folk tune

Kurpian Mazurka - folk tune - 1947

Kurpian Waltz - folk tune

Listen Mother - Kurpian folk tune

Neigh Horse -Kurpian folk tune

Oh, Don't Be Often with Me - folk tune from Sienna

On the Pasture - folk song

Take a Cart - folk tune

The Swans Veered - recruits' folk song from the time of slavery - 1947

Three Silesian Songs
  • The Willow
  • How Am I Not To Be Sad
  • A Maiden Drove The Cattle

When I Was Going - Kurpian folk tune

You Will Go Away - folk tune from the Kujawy region

Vocal Music - Work for Voice and Piano

Mazurka to the folk fest

Mother O'Mine to the folk text, for unaccompanied mixed choir - 1933

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Based on materials from the program book of the Warsaw Autumn Festival,
Encyklopedia Muzyki (Warsaw: PWN, 1995)
and the PMRC Archives.
Edited in July 2000 by Błażej Wajszczuk. Updated on 28 June 2001.