PMC Gifts: January 2021

Bacewicz by Fierro Pianist Nancy Fierro, a longtime PMC friend and a Grażyna Bacewicz expert, recently made another important donation to our library. It includes the piano reduction score and a full orchestral score of Bacewicz’s late work, the 1966 Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (see our Manuscript Collection for information on the manuscript…Continue Reading PMC Gifts: January 2021

Preview of Opałka’s Party Crasher

A teaser for the new electroacoustic work by Tomasz Jakub Opałka, entitled Party Crasher, is now up online. It features performances on the cello by Magdalena Bojanowicz-Koziak and the composer on synths, percussion, and trombone. Headphones or a good sound system are recommended for listening, because of the very interesting and loud low frequencies in…Continue Reading Preview of Opałka’s Party Crasher

First Complete Edition of Ballads by Jadwiga Sarnecka

The first complete edition of six Ballads for piano solo composed by Jadwiga Sarnecka (1873? -1913) has been published by the Eufonium publishing house. This recent edition was based entirely on the composer’s extant manuscripts preserved at the Jagiellonian University Library, which were researched and edited by Marek Szlezer, a Krakow-based pianist and scholar. According…Continue Reading First Complete Edition of Ballads by Jadwiga Sarnecka

Musicological Conferences in Poland Go Online

“Hear the Future” from Szczecin  What will the future sound like? On 16 February 2021, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin held a conference to explore just that. As part of the campaign “I hear good sounds,” various research perspectives of acoustic ecology—in anthropology, philosophy, sociology, media studies—and in the fields of medicine—otolaryngology and neuropsychology—were…Continue Reading Musicological Conferences in Poland Go Online

Recent Polish Recordings

LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Symphonic works by Witold Lutosławski (1913 – 1994) Finnish Radio Symphony, Hannu Lintu – cond. Ondine ODE 1332-5 From the website of Ondine Records: Second volume in the Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994) symphony cycle by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Hannu Lintu brings together two…Continue Reading Recent Polish Recordings

UPDATED: Jazztopad ‘Great Improvisation’ series Livestreams in February

Please note: the performers originally slated for February 19 (Maniucha & Ksawery) are unable to perform due to Covid-19 quarantine—they will return to the Jazztopad lineup in May/June. Instead, the dynamic Janusz Prusinowski Kompania will be performing in the February 19 at 11:00 a.m. PST slot! See updated information below. The Jazztopad Festival, in partnership…Continue Reading UPDATED: Jazztopad ‘Great Improvisation’ series Livestreams in February

Online Piano Academy

The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City will conduct an Online Piano Academy February 26-28, 2021. Open to all aspiring artists under the age of 30, the academy’s students will have an opportunity to work with distinguished pianists, as well as laureates and jurors of international piano competitions, including Piotr Paleczny, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Ewa Pobłocka,…Continue Reading Online Piano Academy

Jarociński Archive at IS-PAN

The Special Collections Department of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IS-PAN) recently acquired the archive of Stefan Jarociński, an outstanding musicologist, long-time head of the Institute of Music History at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Institute received invaluable materials for research into the history of 20th-century musicology and music…Continue Reading Jarociński Archive at IS-PAN

New Release: Polish Heroines of Music

Polish Heroines of Music Elżbieta Sikora (b. 1944): Sonosphère V. Wanda Landowska; Hanna Kulenty (b. 1961): Aisthetikos; Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969): Contradizione; Agata Zubel (b. 1978): In the Shade of an Unshed Tear Orchestre Pasdeloup, Marzena Diakun – cond. Anaklasis (29 Jan 2021) Women have long represented a distinctive voice in Polish music. The excellent achievements…Continue Reading New Release: Polish Heroines of Music

Polityka’s Passports 2020 Winners

On 26 January 2021, for the 28th time, Polityka magazine awarded outstanding artists with their coveted ‘Passports’—one of the most important cultural awards in Poland. Seven winners were selected from among 21 nominations. This year the jury also presented an additional award in a new ‘remote culture’ category. The awards are presented in seven categories:…Continue Reading Polityka’s Passports 2020 Winners