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(1936, Piekary Sląskie - 2004, Kraków)

Biography List of Works


Marek Stachowski was born in Piekary Sląskie in 1936. He studied with Krzysztof Penderecki at the State Higher School of Music in Kraków. He also received a degree music theory. Stachowski died in Kraków on 3 December, 2004.

Marek Stachowski was the winner of many competitions for composers, including the International "Gaudeamus" Foundation competition (1968), A. Malawski Competition in Skopje (1969), and the K. Szymanowski Competition (1st prize, 1974). His pieces Neusis II, Divertimento, and String Quartet No. 2 were honoured at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (1974, 1979, 1990). In 1976 Marek Stachowski received a Music Award of the City of Monchengladbach, in 1979 Prize of City of Cracow, in 1981 2nd degree Minister of Culture and Art Prize, in 1989 Minister of Culture and Art Prize, and in 1989 for a musical work for children. In 1999 he won the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation prize in New York. In 1996 he was awarded a special prize by the Cracow voivodship. Apart from composing, he taught at the Cracow Academy of Music (and since 1979, at the Jagellonian University). In 1975 he lectured in composing at Yale University, and in 1978 at the summer courses in Durham. During the 1979 and 1984 Gaudeamus Music Week he conducted seminars in Amsterdam; in 1987 he taught courses for composers at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. In 1994 he gave a cycle of lectures at South Korean universities. He served on the juries of many international competitions for composers and performers. In 1993 he was appointed rector of the Cracow Academy of Music.


Chamber Music

String Quartet No. 1 - 1963

Musica per Quartetto d'Archi - 1965 (PWM 1970)

Audition, for flute, cello and piano - 1970 (PWM 1970)

String Quartet no. 2 - 1972 (PWM 1974)

Quartetto da Ingresso - 1980 (PWM 1980)

Pezzo Grazioso, for wind quintet - 1982 (PWM 1982)

String Quartet No. 3 - 1988 (PWM 1988)

Chamber Concerto - 1989 (PWM 1989)

Musica Festeggiante per Quartetto D'archi - 1995 (PWM 1995)

Orchestral Music

Musica con Una Battuta Del Tam-Tam - 1966

Irisation - 1970

Musique Solennelle - 1973 (PWM 1974)

Poeme Sonore - 1975 (PWM 1979)

Divertimento, for chamber string orchestra - 1978 (PWM 1979)

Choreia - 1980 (PWM 1981)

Capriccio per Orchestra - 1983

From the Book of Night - 1990 (PWM 1990)

Sonata per Archi - 1991 (PWM 1991)

Sinfonietta per Archi - 1998

Concerto per Viola e Orchestra D'archi - 1998

Music for Piano

Odysseus amidst the White Keys - 1979 (PWM 1981)

Cinq petites Valses, for piano - 1997 (PWM 1998)

Vocal -Instrumental Music

Neusis II, for 2 vocal ensembles, percussion, cellos an double basses - 1968 (UE 1974)

Thakurian Chants, for mixed choir and orchestra - 1974

Birds, for piano and instruments - 1976 (PWM 1978)

Symphony of Songs Sanctified by Nostalgia, for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra - 1981

Amoretti, for voice, lute and viola da gamba - 1982 (PWM 1983)

Madrigali dell'estate, for Voice and string trio - 1984 (PWN 1986)

Sapphic Odes, for mezzo-soprano and large sympfony orchestra - 1985

Lubilate Deo - 1987

Stage Works

The Bravest Knight, childrens' opera in 3 acts for soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, bass, mixed choir and orchestra - 1993

Magic Chimes, music fair tale for children (ballet) - 1990

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Based on materials from the program book of the Warsaw Autumn Festival
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Edited in July 2000 by Ewa Grzegrzulka. Updated in January 2005; July 2010.