The Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko presents the 20th Music Confrontations Festival, held from 8 November through 13 December 2020 under the motto “The beauty of lyricism – from Chopin to Górecki”.

This year’s Music Confrontations Festival in Stawisko celebrates its 20th anniversary. Each edition takes up a different topic / problem, introducing the most important phenomena and processes taking place in the history of music (mainly Polish) in connection with other arts, especially literature. The 2020 Festival will be a confrontation of works by Polish composers inspired by Chopin’s poetics, lyricism, and expression. The event will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, who visited Stawisko in 1992.

Seven chamber concerts will feature instrumental and vocal music, including original arrangements of pieces by composers presented at the Festival, and traditional jazz pieces. Among the performers will be Magdalena Bojanowicz, Mariusz Bonaszewski, Anna Górecka, Urszula Kryger, Włodek Pawlik, Jadwiga Rappe, Piotr Sałajczyk, Jan Stanienda, Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, Cup of Time Quartet, and Royal String Quartet. In addition, the festival will feature a literary and music evening referring to the tradition of the meetings in Stawisko, entitled “The Academy of Thought and Sound”, devoted to the life and work of Ludomir Michał Rogowski – a Polish composer (also gifted with literary talent), who spent most of his life in exile.

The festival will end with a presentation of selected texts by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz devoted to Chopin and statements by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki characterizing his view on the question posed by the composer during his visit to Stawisko in 1992: “Why are some notes only notes, and others are music?”

The festival concerts and literary meetings will be enriched by the exhibition “The shades of lyricism in Stawisko: the lyricism of work, the lyricism of home”. For the safety of the public, a limited number of free tickets will be available. Seat reservation is required (tel. (22) 758 93 63 or e-mail:  The festival was co-financed as part of the “Music” program operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

8 November through 13 December 2020

20th Music Confrontations Festival

All concerts will be available on the Museum’s website shortly after the festival