Polish Music
Reference Center
October 1997
Vol. 3, no. 10

Anniversaries Awards Calendar of Events News
Recent Performances Recordings Director's Report

Gorecki Autumn at USC Schedule:

* The three concerts (1,3,5) of the Gorecki Autumn will be broadcast on three consecutive Sundays at 8:00 p.m. on radio station KUSC starting on Sunday, October 12th.

*Adrian Thomas is the professor of music at the University of Wales, Cardiff is the author of the first book in English on Gorecki, just hot off the press as part of the Oxford Studies of Composers published by Oxford University Press. It includes a complete list of works since 1955 with details of instrumentation and recordings, and a select bibliography.
Note: For an interesting essay and list of recordings of Gorecki's music by composer James Harley, see the Essay section of our web site! It was first published by Sonances.


What's this? Dancing to the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs? That's what John Malashock of San Diego was inspired to do. The Emmy-Award winning choreographer (for Apologies from the lower deck) who founded the 7-person Malashock Dance & Company in 1988 did just that ....and more! He toured Poland with three dance spectacles to the music of Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki: "Windows Dressers" to the Third Symphony; "Almost a Fantasy" to music of the Second String Quartet and "Broad Waters" to a folk-song of the same name arranged for mixed choir (op. 39) by the composer. The trip to Poland was part of the Sister Cities Program between Warsaw and San Diego. The composer will visit San Diego after his short residency at USC for a private presentation by the modern dance ensemble. For anyone reading Polish see the full page spread by Danuta Derlinska-Pawlak in the Sep 18th issue of Nowy Dziennik from New York.


Speaking of Gorecki, you can hear his music in the French film Mon Homme now playing exclusively at the Westside Pavilion, 10800 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles (310) 475- 0202 and the Town Center 4, Bristol at Anton, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa (714) 750-4184.

The film was reviewed by Kevin Thomas in the Los Angeles Times on Sep 12th. The music of Henryk Gorecki serves as a background for the love scene. Director Bertrand Blier "selected...excerpts from the elegiac music of HMG, explaining that `eroticism is always linked to liturgy.'"

Michal Merczynski has been asked to be the new president of the Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznan due to the untimely death of Zdzislaw Dworzecki.

A record number of applicants, 136, from 29 countries entered the VII Karol Lipinski & Henryk Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin, which began Sep 20th. Former winners include Victoria Mullova and Bartlomiej Niziol.

An excellent report on the Festival of Polish Music in Youngstown, Ohio (April 6-11) and the International Women in Composition Congress at Cal Arts, Valencia (May 29-June 2) written by Maria Anna Harley was published in Ruch Muzyczny (Sep 21 issue).

What happened to Paderewski's villa in Switzerland? Read about it in the Sep '97 Forum from the Polish Arts and Culture Foundation in San Francisco. Wanda Tomczykowska, President. Written by Anne Strakacz-Appleton, daughter of Paderewski's personal secretary, who spent her childhood living with the famous pianist.

The II Polish-German Course of Solo and Chamber Music was held in Zakopane led by Polish violinist Wanda Wilkomirska and German pianist Rudolf Meister, professor of music from Heidelberg. The initial concert was performed in "Atma" the Szymanowski museum in Zakopane. Music of Bach, Schubert, Brahms and Szymanowski was performed by the artists. Wilkomirska received an award for promoting the music of Szymanowski.



The Dutch group Total Touch won the Grand Prix at the International Song Festival in Sopot, Poland. Since 1961 such stars as Charles Aznavour, Goombay Dance Band, Demis Roussos, Boney M, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Cash, Karel Gott, have taken part in the festival along with Polish vocalists Ewa Demarczyk (the "Black Angel"); Anna German and Czeslaw Niemen.

On the short list of the Gramophone Awards sponsored by the Britannia Music Club:

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Hurrah for Naxos and Koch-Schwann for their newest releases of Szymanowski's music!!! And at tempting prices!

Three new CHOPIN discs were among the U.S.'s top classical and public radio stations' choices for the month of October, as published in Gramophone:

EMI British Composers series:

The Four Hands Music company of England has issued two CDs with music for four hands:





Many concerts in Poland for the benefit of the recent flood victims: On Sep 6 & 7th PENDERECKI conducted the "Synfonia Varsovia" in three of his works: Concerto for flute & orch,; Sinfonietta for strings and Concerto for clarinet & orchestra. David Aguilar, fl., Dimitri Ashkenazy, cl.

The Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis International Festival was held for the 11th time in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Included in the program was the music of Hildegarde von Bingen and music from the Royal Hungarian Courts. Among the many ensembles: "Rondellus" from Tallin, Estonia; a Greek Byzantine choir from Athens and "Affeti Musicali" from Budapest.


Chopin: The Piano Concertos by John Rink of the University of London can be purchased from Cambridge University Press in New York. 128 pp. $34.95 Discounted to $27.96. Paperback: $9.56.

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