Polish Music
Reference Center
September 1998, Vol. 4, no. 9
ISSN 1098-9188

Anniversaries * Awards * Calendar of Events
Composer of the Month: Zygmunt Krauze
Director's Report * Discography * News
Penderecki Symposium * Publications



On 24 September 1998 the 41st International Contemporary Music Festival Warsaw Autumn will feature a concert on the Internet. The event, housed in Poland at the HYDE PARK Internet Multimedia Gallery. Composers and computer multimedia artists are invited to participate in an internet competition for a multimedia miniature (1MB or less) for performance at the Internet Multimedia Concert. The concert will includes prize winning entries deadline September 10, 1998) posted in the Internet multimedia gallery, HYDE PARK, at the Internet Cafe in The Centre for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. During the Internet Multimedia Concert, HYDE PARK will become a part of an audio-visual instrument. The works collected in the HYDE PARK gallery will take part in the concert through the use of special computer software. Ten pieces will be selected for awards and presentation at the opening of the Internet Cafe and will be included in the Internet Gallery, HYDE PARK and associated sites of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, SACMUS in Finland and NoTAM in Norway for one year!

All awarded artists will be presented with free tickets to all concerts of the Warsaw Autumn Festival. One artist will be selected for the top award: a multimedia computer. For further details please visit the organizers at http://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/who-how/.

The festival begins with a monographic chamber music concert devoted to the works by Zygmunt KRAUZE, celebrating his 60th anniversary. Held on September 18 at the Recital Hall in the Polish Music Publishers (PWM Edition), the concert will include such eminent performers as Ewa Poblocka, piano, Pawel Mykietyn, clarinet (also a composer), Tomasz Swiadczynski, trombone Krzysztof Jakowicz, violin, and Tomasz Strahl, cello. The composer - pianist will also participate in the program. The festival will close with a performance of his La Terre for orchestra. For more information about Krauze see our entry on the Composer of the Month, below.

Other details about the program of the 1998 Warsaw Autumn may be found on the English-version of the Festival's web site, http://www.warsaw-autumn.waw.pl/index_e.html



Young composers from Poland and from around the world have a chance to hone up their artistic skills and knowledge during the 18th Course for Young Composers organized by the Polish Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. The courses, led by the President of the ISCM Polish Section, Zygmunt Krauze and organized by the Executive Director Grazyna Dziura, are held from September 1 to 15 at Radziejowice, Poland. The lecturers include composers Louis Andriessen (The Netherlands), Hwan-Long Pan (Taiwan), Ake Parmerud (Sweden), Roger Reynolds (USA), and Boguslaw Schaeffer (Poland). The composers can learn from performers who specialize in new music and compose miniatures for them to be heard at a special concert at the end of the courses. This year's group of performer-lecturers includes Krzysztof Bąkowski, violin, Alina Mleczko, saxophone, Jan Pilch, percussion. There will be a multimedia component to the courses, provided by STEIM electronic studio from Holland and Piotr Krajewski from Poland. The main subject of the courses is "Multimedia and the Newest Technology in Music." Jarek Kapuściński will serve as the moderator. For more information about next year's courses contact PTMW in Warsaw: tel: 48-22--827-69-81; fax: 48-22-827-78-04, e-mail: iscm_pl@ddg.art.pl.


As announced in our previous newsletter, the Krakow 2000'98 Festival led by Elżbieta Penderecka will be devoted to the music of Krzysztof Penderecki, celebrating his 65th birthday. Scheduled for Septemer 18-October 10, 1998, the festival will include 15 concerts, and a Symposium on Penderecki's Music Theater (at the Cracow Academy of Music, September 18-20). The highlights of the festival are peformances of Penderecki's opera The Black Mask (September 20) his oratorios St. Luke's Passion(September 25), Te Deum (September 27) and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem (October 7). Three performances of Credo will be offered by the International Bachakademie Orchestra and Choir, with Helmuth Rilling, cond. The audiences will also have a chance of hearing Penderecki's Symphonies and chamber music.

The symposium The Music of K. Penderecki in the Context of 20th-century Theatre [Muzyka Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w kontekście teatru XX wieku] will be held at the Cracow Academy of Music. The program committee included profs. Regina Chłopicka, Krzysztof Droba, Zofia Helman, Teresa Malecka, Zbigniew Skowron, Krzysztof Szwajgier and its president, prof. Mieczysław Tomaszewski.



10.00 - 12.30, "Florianka" Auditorium of the Academy of Music

From the Recent Works of Krzysztof Penderecki

13.00, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery

15.30 - 18.00, "Florianka" Auditorium of the Academy of Music
"The Devils of Loudun" and the Theatre of Moral Concern, Zofia Helman - chairman