Zygmunt Krauze: Hommage à Strzemiński
Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938): Polychromy for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1968); Piece for orchestra no. 1 (1969); Piece for orchestra no. 2 (1970); Tableau vivant for chamber orchestra (1982); String Quartet no. 2 (1970); String Quartet no 3 (1982); Polychromy for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1968)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Andrzej Markowski – cond.; gnarwhallaby; Silesian String Quartet; Music Workshop; National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Tamayo – cond.; Sinfonia Varsovia; Jan Krenz – cond.
Bôłt Records, available as DUX 1207 (Jan 2015)
A CD of music by Zygmunt Krauze is now available on Bôłt Records. The compositions on the album, and indeed the composer himself, were deeply inspired by the works of Polish painter Władysław Strzemiński—Polish art theoretician, painter, designer of “functional” prints, pioneer of the Constructivist avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, creator of the theory of Unism. Strzemiński was born in the Belarussian city of Minsk in 1893 and died in Łódź, Poland in 1952.
According to Krauze (from boltrecords.pl):
I will be talking about my music, but I want you to realise that I am actually talking all the time about the source of that music which is the theory and work of Strzemiński. And that is because since the very beginning my music has been closely connected with it. It has actually been its source. In 1956, as a student of the Secondary School for Music, I went to a posthumous exhibition of Strzemiński’s works, and that day marked my future. First of all, I realized that I would become a composer, and I also understood how I would write my music.