In Memoriam: Adam Walaciński

On August 3, Adam Walaciński—composer, music critic, retired professor and vice-president of the Music Academy in Kraków—passed away at 87 years old. He was a student of a violin class at the Eugenia Umińska Music School in Kraków, but then he changed his major and attended the composition class of Artur Malawski. After some time he left the school to become a private student of Stefan Kisielewski. After completing the class of Bogusław Schaeffer, he finally graduated in 1974 from the Kraków Music Academy, where he later became a professor.

He was an active member and afterwards the president of the Polish Composers Union (ZKP) and the “Grupa Krakowska” Artistic Association. He also worked with the Polish Music Publishers (PWM) as the head of the 20th Century Composers department.

In addition to his symphonic and chamber works for the concert stage, he also composed film and theater music (such as scores for Faraon and Matka Joanna od Aniolow directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, and Czterej Pancerni I Pies, the TV series by Konrad Nalecki), for which he won several awards. He was also honored with the City of Kraków Award (1976), the Ministery of Culture and Art Award for pedagogy (1981) and the ZKP Award (2003), among others.