b. 1935, Czechowice



Zbigniew Rudziński was born on 23 October, 1935 at Czechowice. He studied composition at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw under Piotr Perkowski (1956-62). In the years 1965 -66 he held a scholarship granted by the French government for studies in Paris. For the year 1971 he received a scholarship from the Dutch government and spent that year in Holland. Since 1976 he has been lecturing at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw as an assistant professor (since 1989 full professor) in the Composition, Theory and Conducting Department. His music retains a tonal background in an expressionist style; the best works achieve a perceptible unity of the aspects of texture, articulation and dynamics.

Rudziński is a prize-winner of the Fifth Young Composers’ Competition organized by the Polish Composers’ Union (Warsaw, 1962 – Second Prize for “Epigrams” for flute, choir and percussion), and of the Composers’ Competition held to celebrate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of founding of the Warsaw Conservatory of Music (1960 – Second Prize for “Sonata” for 2 string quartets, piano and timpani). His compositions were heard at the ISCM Festivals of 1967 (“Contra fidem”) and of 1971 (Quartet for two pianos and percussion). His other awards include the Silver Cross of Merit (1975) from the Polish government and the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art (1979).

List of Works

Orchestral Works

Contra Fidem for symphony orchestra – 1964
Moments Musicaux I for symphony orchestra – 1965
Moments Musicaux II for symphony orchestra – 1967
Moments Musicaux III for symphony orchestra – 1968
Music by the Night for small orchestra – 1970

Vocal – Instrumental Works

4 Songs for baritone and chamber ensemble, to the words by Julian Tuwim – 1960
Epigrams for flute, 2 women’s choir and percussion – 1962
3 Songs for tenor and 2 pianos ; words by Ezra Pound, James Joyce, W.R. Benet – 1968
Symphony for men’s choir and orchestra – 1969
Requiem for War Victims for choir and orchestra ; Latin text – 1971
Tutti e Solo for soprano, flute, french horn and piano – 1973
The Book of Hours for voice and piano trio – 1983
These are not Dreams for soprano and piano – 1987

Chamber Music

Trio for 2 clarinets and bassoon – 1958
Sonata for clarinet and piano – 1959
Sonata for 2 string quartets, piano and timpani – 1960
String Trio – 1964
Study on C for an optional ensemble – 1964
Impromptu for 2 pianos, 3 cellos and 3 percussions – 1966
Quartet for 2 pianos and percussion – 1969
Sonata for piano – 1975
Campanella for percussion ensemble – 1977
“Pastoral” Sonata for violin and piano – 1976-78
Tritones for percussion ensemble – 1979
Three Romantic Portraits for 12 saxophones – 1992

Stage Works

Antigone, chamber opera in 1 act for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, mime, and women’s choir – 1980
Manekiny, chamber opera based on the prose of Bruno Schulz – 1981

Manuscripts at USC


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