Ochlewski Composer’s Competition

The Tadeusz Ochlewski Composer’s Competition has been organized by Polish Music Editions (PWM) since 2003 and aims to promote young composers of Polish descent who are under thirty. The subject of the competition is the original composition which was not previously released, performed or awarded. Every year, a different instrumental composition of the competition composition is announced….Continue Reading Ochlewski Composer’s Competition

Meyer Premiere

On December 17, 2017, the world premiere of Musica Concertante by Krzysztof Meyer will take place at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, Poland. This virtuosic work for cello, piano, percussion and strings will be performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of Jurek Dybał, with soloists Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) of the Cracow Duo. The program…Continue Reading Meyer Premiere

Moss and Górecki Premieres in Katowice

Two new works by Polish composers were premiered at the Silesian Philharmonic Hall in Katowice on December 1, 2017. The works premiered were Musique pour cordes by Piotr Moss and Concerto no. 2 for Flute and String Orchestra by Mikołaj Górecki. They were performed by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra with flutist Jadwiga Kotnowska, to whom Górecki’s newest work is dedicated, led by conductor Robert Kabara. The…Continue Reading Moss and Górecki Premieres in Katowice

Kulenty Premiere: Concerto Rosso

On December 3, 2017, Concerto Rosso—a new work by Polish composer Hanna Kulenty—was given its world premiere in the Main Hall of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland. The premiere was performed by the Atom String Quartet (Dawid Lubowicz – violin, Mateusz Smoczyński – violin, Michał Zaborski – viola, and Krzysztof Lenczowski – cello) and the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, led by Christian…Continue Reading Kulenty Premiere: Concerto Rosso

Gifts to PMC December 2017

Sławomir Dobrzański, piano professor at Kansas State University and author of Polish Music History Series vol. 9, has sent another addition to our CD collection: Władysław Żeleński – Songs, Duets …  (AP0384). This world premiere recording on the Acte Préalable label features songs and duets by Władysław Żeleński (1837-1921), performed by Marta Trybulec – soprano, Witold Wrona –…Continue Reading Gifts to PMC December 2017

2017 PMC Fund Drive

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Donate $100 or more today – the first 25 donors at this level will receive an exclusive 2018 PMC calendar featuring rare historical photos from our Paderewski Archive, celebrating the centenary of Poland’s independence. Please visit https://giveto.usc.edu and find the PMC checkbox under University-wide Giving Opportunities > Centers and Institutes > Music. Dear Friend of the Polish Music…Continue Reading 2017 PMC Fund Drive

December Anniversaries

Born This Month 3 December 1896 – Bolesław SZABELSKI, composer (d. 1979) 5 December 1899 – Bolesław WOYTOWICZ, composer (d. 1980) 6 December 1933 – Henryk Mikołaj GÓRECKI, composer (d. 2010) 11 December 1876 – Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ, composer (d. 1909, under an avalanche in Tatra mountains) 14 December 1789 – Maria SZYMANOWSKA, composer, virtuosa pianist (d. 1831, of…Continue Reading December Anniversaries

March 24: Polish Music Spring: Młoda Polska (Young Poland)

As part of Poland’s Centennial Celebration in 2018, the USC Polish Music Center presents a spring concert of music by composers of the Młoda Polska [Young Poland] generation, whose works are typified by the modernist and neo-romantic aesthetic of pre-war occupied Poland. Performed by violinist Maria Sławek and pianists Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański of the Polish Society of Chamber Musicians from Kraków….Continue Reading March 24: Polish Music Spring: Młoda Polska (Young Poland)

November Anniversaries

Born This Month 1 November 1901 – Szymon LAKS , composer, violinist (d. 1986) 2 November 1876 – Eugeniusz MORAWSKI, composer, conductor (d. 1948) 3 November 1915 – Henryk JABŁOŃSKI, composer 4 November 1857 – Stanislaw NIEWIADOMSKI, composer (d. 1936) 6 November 1860 – Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI , pianist, composer, statesman (d. 1941) 23 November 1933 – Krzysztof PENDERECKI , composer,…Continue Reading November Anniversaries

Polish Music for 2 Pianos/4 Hands

A Polish Kaleidoscope 2: Polish Music for Two Pianos Władysława Markiewiczówna: Suite for Two Pianos (1936); Michał Spisak: Concerto for Two Pianos (1942); Witold Lutosławski: Miniature for Two Pianos (1953); Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Toccata op. 2 for Two Pianos (1955); Romuald Twardowski: Improvisation and Toccata for Two Pianos (1974); Jerzy Bauer: Divertimento in Three “Pieces”…Continue Reading Polish Music for 2 Pianos/4 Hands