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(b. 1939, Warsaw - d. 1988, Warsaw)

Biography List of Works


Tomasz Sikorski was born om May 19, 1939, in Warsaw, where he died on 12 November 1988.
He studied music at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw - compositions under Kazimierz Sikorski and piano under Zbigniew Drzewiecki (1956-62). From 1965 to 1966 he was in Paris on a scholarship granted by the French Government. In the years 1975-6 he was a recipient of a scholarship granted by the U.S. Government (Senior Fulbright Program). During this period he worked at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York, his composition Solitude of Sound being the result of his work there. At very beginning of his career as a composer, Sikorski clearly defined teh path he would take and never departed from it. What he always found the most important was the sound itself - the acoustic object with its initial phase, its resonance, its vibration and its inner substance. His primary interest was always in the tonal gesture, the sounding phenomenon and pinned them to a piece of paper rather as some people pin butterflies. Indeed, Sikorski's musicial compositions have something of the character of collector's albums. Sikorski's compositions have been frequently performed at the International Contemporary Music Festival "Warsaw Autumn" and at the Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music - in Stockholm (1966), Athens (1979) and Brussels (1981), as well as in many other European countries, in America and Japan.


Chamber Ensemble

Echoes II, for 1-4 pianos, 2 gons, 2 tam-tams - 1961-63

Monodia e sequenza, for flute and piano - 1966

Diaphony for 2 pianos - 1969

Intersection, for 4 percussions

Music, for brass instruments, tam-tams and chimes

For Strings, for 3 violins and 3 violas - 1970

Homophony, for 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, piano, and gong - 1970

No Title, for piano and 3 optional instruments -1972

Listening Music, for 2 pianos - 1973

Strings in the Earth, for 15 strings - 1979-80

Passaggio d'inverno, for strings - 1982

La notte, for strings - 1984

Recitativo ed Aria, for strings - 1984

Orchestral works

Concerto breve , for piano, 24 wind instruments and 4 percussions - 1965

Sequenza I - 1966

Holzwege - 1972

Other Voices, for 24 wind instruments, 4 gongs and - 1975

Music in Twilight, for piano and orchestra - 1978

Monophony - 1979-80


Ositato - 1979-80

2 Portraits - 1981-82

Autoritratto , for 2 pianos and orchestra - 1983

Little Concerto

Omaggio per quattro pianoforti ed orchestra - 1987

Musica concertante , for piano and orchestra

Three Sketches

4 Pieces for Orchestra

Sequenza II

Solo Instruments

Sonant , for piano - 1967

Zerstreutes Hinausschauen, for piano - 1971

Hymnos, for piano - 1979

Autograph, for piano - 1980

Modus, for solo trombone - 1980

Euphony, for piano - 1982

Rondo, harpsichord - 1984

Moderato cantabile, for solo cello - 1986

Das Schweigen der Sirenen (nach Kafka), for cello

Voices and Instruments

Antiphones , for soprano, piano, horn, chimes, 2 gongs, 2 tam-tams - 1963

Prologues for female choir, 2 solo pianos, 4 flutes, horns - 1964

Vox humana, for mixed choir, 2 pianos, 12 brass instruments, 4 gongs and 4 tam-tams

Music from Afar , for mixed choir and instruments - 1974

Sickness Unto Death, for reciter, 2 pianos, 4 trumpets and horns - 1976

Afar a Bird, for reciter, clavichord and tape - 1981

Song about Wit Stwosz, for solo soprano, choir of sopranos and orchestra

Electronic Music

Solitude of Sounds, for tape - 1975

Dario, for tape and reciting voice - 1987

Stage Works

Adventures of Sindbad the Sailor - radio opera for 6 reciting voices, soprano, tenor, female choir and orchestra - 1971-72

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