The 30th anniversary edition of the Musica Polonica Nova Festival was held between April 8-16, 2016 at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. The 2016 theme was taken from The Romantic by Adam Mickiewicz:
“Faith and love are more discerning than lenses or learning.”
The Festival consisted of 11 concerts as well as meetings with composers, journalists and music critics. The program was intended to answer the eternal question of whether expressing feelings and emotions, and sense-based reception or rather logical structure, form, and usage of the newest technology are more important, meaningful, and essential to music.
The program included world premiere performances of the following new works by Polish composers:
- April 8 – Cezary Duchnowski & Paweł Hendrich: Bajki Robotów[Fables for Robots].Co-opera, based on short stories by Stanisław Lem **
- April 9 – Przemysław Scheller: Scyintillationfor chamber ensemble and electronics (2016); Karol Nepelski: Vibranium(2016); Rafał Zapała: Concentus appparatus (2016); Paul Preusser (1974) Untitled (2016)
- April 12 – Artur Zagajewski (right): Steelypips ** and Krzysztof Wołek: Threads
- April 13 – Sławomir Wojciechowski: King Ludd; Tadeusz Wielecki: Words; and Jarosław Płonka: Fading urban landscape
- April13 –New works by Michał Papara; Piotr Peszat; Kamil Kruk; Piotr Roemer; Szymon Strzelec; Alaksandr Porakh; and Dominik Lewicki
- April 14 –Agata Zubel: Recital for Four; and Szabolcs Esztenyi, Ryszard Latecki & Tadeusz Wielecki: Haiku from Romania**
- April 15 – Zygmunt Krauze: Concerto for accordion and orchestra ** and Dariusz Przybylski (right): Musica della notte. Omaggio a Pasolini for percussion and symphony orchestra **
The works will be presented by New Music Orchestra, Cellonet, Kwartludium, LUX:NM, Finland-based defunensemble, Defibrillator, Andrzej Bauer, Rafał Łuc, Maciej Frąckiewicz, Leszek Lorent, Kuba Badach, Joanna Freszel, Adam Bałdych, Wojciech Błażejczyk and many others. Please see the links to each concert date for the names of all individual performers.
** The creation of these works was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s ‘Collections – Composing Commissions’ program, which is operated by IMiT.