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In the 1970s he began organizing musical events. From 1970 to 1973 he was the artistic director of the Polskie Nagrania recording company and in 1973 he became the general Secretary of the Polish Composers Union (for six consecutive years). He has been the chairman of the Warsaw department of the organization since 1985 to the present. In 1986 he created the annual Warsaw Musical Meetings festival, which became an event known respected in Warsaw and in the whole country.
Słowiński is one of the very few artists whose predisposition and abilities allow him to take an active part in many areas of musical life. The list of his major works does not exceed half a hundred. Słowiński composed slowly, with consideration and the feeling of responsibility for each note, each sound. It seems that his creative personality is shaped by two factors: first, faithfulness to a chosen musical language, stylistics, a skepticism towards passing trends, and second, the acceptance of expression as the main factor to which everything else is subordinated (the titles of some of his works are partly evidence to that: Passionato, Espressivo sempre, Doloroso, Elegia, Serio e buffo). This last feature of character creates the impression that his music flows straight from the heart as if spontaneity dominated over thought. In fact the spontaneity is accompanied by the logic of musical thinking, consequence in operating the musical material, references to and resumption of the previous threads, skillful planning of contrasts - everything which gives the form its shape and the required clarity. In recent years Słowiński has added a new feature to his music: a return to the musical past and stylization, which influenced The Concertino for harpsichord and string quartet and especially the Suite for the Royal Castle. Słowiński has received several prestigious prizes for his creative work, including the Prime Minister Prize for compositions for children and youth in 1977, the Warsaw Voivode prize for lifetime achievements in 1990, and the annual Polish Composer's Union Prize in 1999.
In September 2000 Słowiński donated the manuscript score for his Serio e buffo per flauto solo [for flute solo] (1987). The score is written in pencil and consists of 15 pages of music paper. The following note about this piece appeared in Słowiński's PWM brochure: "Serio e buffo for solo flute is a composition in which the two parts are highly contrasted according to their names. The work was composed in 1987 and performed for the first time a year later at the Museum of the History of the City of Warsaw interpreted by El bieta Gajewska. The first part - Serio, reminds one of a fantasy with the character of improvisation. Part two, Buffo, lively and cunning, is a kind of a stylized dance."
Edited and updated in October 2000 by Blanka Sobus. Updated on 28 June 2001.