Polish Music
Reference Center
August 1996
Vol. 2, no. 8


PMRC WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR: Dr. Maria Anna Harley has been appointed director of the Polish Music Reference Center and assistant professor of Music History and Literature at the USC School of Music beginning with the fall semester.

"We are happy to welcome Dr. Harley, not only for her broad qualifications as a musicologist, but also because her fervent dedication to promote Polish music matches mine." (Wanda Wilk).

Nominated for 1996 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS (Contemporary music):
GORECKI: Kleines Requiem
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New "INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS IN CATALONIA." The International Music festival in Ceret and Vallespir begins August 1-10th and is devoted to the music of the three countries which were the first democracies in the world: USA, France and Poland.

The initiator of this event is Polish composer, Joanna BRUZDOWICZ, who lives in Belgium, is married to a German and she and her three children speak Polish, German, French, English at home.

In attendance at the festival: American composers Daniel KESSNER and StephenCOHN with pianist Dolly KESSNER, flutist Laura ORITI and percussionist Kevin MURPHY; the Pawel PERLINSKI JAZZ QUARTET from Poland; Polish violinist and pianist Robert SZREDER and Boguslaw STROBEL; the String Quartet "L'Estree Ensemble" from Lausanne; Catalonian musicians: the "COBLA" Ensemble; Francois Michel RIGNOL, pianist, Francisco ORTIS, guitar.


Fifty-two young virtuosi have qualified for the XII INTERNATIONAL WIENIAWSKI VIOLIN COMPETITION which will start on October 12th in Poznan, Poland. Eleven countries will be represented: Poland (17), Japan (15), Finland (6), USA (4), Russia (3), Korea (2), Israel (1), Moldavia (1), Germany (1), Norway (1) and Taiwan (1).

Another violin competition: The KAROL SZYMANOWSKI INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN & PIANO COMPETITION will be held in the city of Lodz, Poland September 8-21, 1997. Organized in 1982 during the composer's Centennial Celebration, the competition is held every five years. For further information fax: 011-48-42-32-89-29.

The X JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF POLONIAN FOLKLORE ENSEMBLES presented 34 groups from 15 countries July 21-28th, with the largest group from the U.S. (9).

During the "GUARDIAN" INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION held in Dublin, Ireland (May 2-15, 1997) both CHOPIN concertos are part of the required repertoire. Professor Andrzej JASINSKI of Katowice (teacher of Zimerman) will serve on the jury.

Winner of the 1996 Marcella Kochanska SEMBRICH Memorial Scholarship from the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) is Mary HESTON of White Bear Lake, Minn. The ACPC is holding their annual convention in Minneapolis on August 15th.

Some members of the Polish American community in San Diego are members of a private club, so that they can have contact with top representatives of Polish culture from the U.S. and abroad. The "Polski Salon Artystyczny in San Diego" (PSASD) led by Jerzy & Teresa Barankiewicz presents music recitals, evenings of poetry, lectures, art exhibits and meetings with Polish artists and musicians visiting their city. Most recently they honored mezzo- soprano, Stefania KALUZANKA, who made her American debut in Aida with the San Diego Opera. The last meeting was a lecture/video presentation on the history of Polish music by Malgorzata JEDYNAK- PIETKIEWICZ, director of Polish TV.



A new book on Artur RUBINSTEIN is out from Grove Press. The first biography of the Polish-Jewish pianist since his death in 1982 enlightens and enriches his own autobiography. By Harvey SACHS.

"A Polish Renaissance" is part of a 20th Century Composers Series edited by Norman Lebrecht and published by Phaidon Press. David Gutman reports in Gramophone magazine that the author, Bernard Jacobson, focuses on just four composers (PANUFNIK, LUTOSLAWSKI, PENDERECKI and GORECKI), neglecting Polish giant, Tadeusz BAIRD and others. In paperback, 240 pgs.


The WARSAW CHAMBER OPERA is the only theatre in the world that has MOZART's entire operatic output in its permanent repertoire?

You can have four of them transported by air to your city. Contact Stefan SUTKOWSKI, director.

The EDWIN A. FLEISHER COLLECTION OF ORCHESTRAL MUSIC, the Free Library of Philadelphia, has the score and parts to two compositions by Polish composer Grazyna BACEWICZ?

The Concerto for String Orchestra and Overture.

English pianist, Angela LEAR, has devoted herself to perform "Chopin's music as the composer intended?"

She states that "what most pianists nowadays are playing has little to do with what Chopin actually wrote." (Gramophone, Aug '96). In her dedicated crusade the pianist studies original manuscripts from all over the world. "The resulting interpretations have an arresting power and make compelling listening."

Volumes I and II have been released on the APR label with Volumes III and IV to follow soon. Highly recommended by BBC Music Magazine.

Lithuania also has a musician who served as president of his country?

PADEREWSKI was prime minister of Poland in 1919 and LANDSBERGIS is a musicologist who authored eight books on the "lone Lithuanian genius" Mikalogus CIURLIONIS, is now primarily known as a politician.

Reason for mentioning Lithuanian composers here is because of the close interaction between them and Poland. Information on these two musicologists has been consistently available in Polish publications and Poland published scores by Lithuanian composers during a time when they were not published in their own country.



Polish composers born in August:

KRZYSZTOF MEYER: August 11, 1943
ZYGMUNT MYCIELSKI: August 17, 1907

September 2, 1996: 15th Anniversary of BAIRD's death.
October 27, 1996: 5th Anniversary of PANUFNIK's death.
November 1, 1996: 95th Birthday of Szymon LAKS.
December 11, 1996: 120th birthday of Mieczyslaw KARLOWICZ.


Born in Cracow in 1943, Meyer studied composition in his home town with Stanislaw Wiechowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki, and then in Paris with Nadja Boulanger. He is a prolific composer. In addition to 6 symphonies and other orchestral works, he has written 8 instrumental concertos, miscellaneous chamber music which include 9 String Quartets, a Piano Trio, Piano Quintet, and many piano works (Sonatas and Preludes). He has also written three operas anda ballet.

His last symphonic work, Carillon was commissioned by the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and was also performed at the Warsaw Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival in 1993.

As a pianist he performed with Ensemble MW2 in Warsaw and abroad.He was president of the Polish Composers' Union (ZKP) from 1985 to 1989. He has won numerous national and international prizes and awards. One of the first was the First Prize in the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition in 1968. He has been teaching at the Hochschule fur Music in Cologne since 1987. 

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