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WŁODZIMIERZ KOTOŃSKI

(b. 1925, Warsaw)

Biography List of Works


A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Włodzimierz Kotoński was born on 23 July 1925, studied with Piotr Rytel and Tadeusz Szeligowski at the Warsaw Higher School of Music. In 1957-61 he attended the International Courses of New Music in Darmstadt. One of the regular collaborators the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, he also worked at the electronic music studios of Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne (1966-67) and Groupe de Recherchers Musicales ORTF in Paris (1970). In 1970-71 he was in West Berlin as fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Since 1983 he has lectured on composition and directed the Electronic Music Studios at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 1983 he has been professor of this school (retired 1995). Among his numerous pupils there are such composers as Paweł Szymański, Hanna Kulenty, Stanisław Kurpowicz, Tadeusz Wielecki, Edward Sielicki, Jacek Grudzień and Paweł Mykietyn.

Kotoński also lectured at many international institutions. He was the guest lecturer of composition and electroacoustic music in Stockholm (1971), Buffalo (1978), at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1982), at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem (1990), and at the Conservatory in Alkmaar, Sweden (1993). In 1983-89 he served as the president of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music (the Polish branch of ISCM).



LIST OF WORKS


Chamber Music

Quartettino, for 4 french horns - 1950 (Agencja Autorska 1974)

5 Miniatures, for violin and piano - 1955

6 Miniatures, for clarinet and piano - 1957

Trio, for flute, guitar,and percussion - 1960 (PWM 1962)

Canto per complesso da camera - 1961 (PWM 1970)

Selection I, for 4 jazz musicians - 1962 (PWM 1965)

Pezzo per flauto e pianoforte - 1962 (PWM 1967)

Quintet, for wood winds and horn - 1964 (PWM 1966)

a battere, for viola, cello, guitar, harpsichord and metal percussion - 1966 (PWM 1968)

Pour quatre, for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano - 1968 (PWM 1969)

Lyrical Scenes, for 9 instruments - 1986 (Moeck 1989)

Tlaloc, for harpsichord and percussion- 1987 (Moeck 1995)

Birds, 8 short pieces for clarinet, cello and piano - 1989

Motu proprio, for bassoon and piano - 1992 (Brevis 1992)

Sonant, for 4 trombones - 1992

Variable Structures, for clarinet, trombone, piano and cello - 1994

Sextet, for woodwinds and piano - 1998 (PWM 2000)

String Quartet no 1 - 2002

Wilanow Landscapes, for flute and string quartet


Orchestral Works

Poemat - 1949

Tańce goralskie [Mountaneers' Dances] - 1950

Szkice baletowe [Ballet Sketches], a suite - 1951

Prelude and Passacaglia - 1953

Chamber Music, for 21 instruments - 1958 (Schott 1961)

Musique en relief, for 6 orchestra groups - 1959 (Schott 1961)

Concerto per quattro, for harp, harpsichord, guitar, piano and chamber orchestra - 1960 (Moeck/PWM 1996)

Musica per fiati e timpani - 1963 (PWM 1964)

Music for 16 cymbals and strings - 1969 (Moeck/PWM 1974)

Concerto per Oboe - 1972 (Moeck/PWM 1974)

Róża Wiatrów [Wind Rose], for orchestra - 1976 (Moeck/PWM 1978)

Bora, for orchestra - 1979 (Moeck/PWM 1984)

Sirocco, for orchestra - 1980 (Moeck/PWM 1982)

Terra incognita, for orchestra - 1984 (Moeck/PWM 1985)

La gioia, for string orchestra - 1991 (PWM 1996)

Concerto, for electric guitar and wind orchestra - 1976

Symphony no. 1, for large orchestra - 1995

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra - 1996

Symphony no. 2, for orchestra - 2001

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra - 2004

Symphony no. 3 ("Mountains"), for choir and orchestra - 2005


Music for Solo Instruments

Romance i toccata, for harp - 1951

4 Preludes, for piano - 1952 (PWM 1967)

Monochromie, for oboe - 1964

Mellan Hoch Fiss, for trumpet - 1971

Morton Feldman in memoriam, for flute - 1988

Bucolica, for flute - 1989 (Moeck 1994)

Cadenze e arie, for guitar - 1989 (Rossenberg Musikalien 1990)

3 Rhythmical etudes, for piano - 1990 (Brevis 1992)


Vocal-Instrumental Music

Sny o Potędze [Dreams of Power], for female voice and strings - 1948 (PWN 1981)

Harfa Eola [Aeolian Harp], for soprano and 4 musicians - 1973

3 deutsche Lieder, for baritone and guitar (Rossberg Musikalien 1998)

Drei Gesaenge texte: Durs Gruenbein), for bariton and guitar - 1997 (Rossberg Musikalien 1998)

7 Haiku, for soprano and chamber ensemble - 1994

Polskie madrygały [Polish Madrigals], for soprano, 3 lutes and baroque harp - 2004


Electroacoustic Music

Etiuda na jedno uderzenie w talerz [Study on one cymbal stroke], for tape - 1959 (PWM 1963)

Microstructures, for tape - 1963

Klangspiele, for 2 tapes and 4 musicians - 1967

AELA, for tape - 1970 (PWM 1975)

Eurydice, for tape - 1970

Les ailes [Wings], for tape - 1973

Zatarty ślad, epitafium [Erased trace, an epitaph] for tape - 1982

Textures, for tape - 1984

Zywe obrazy w ogrodach w stylu angielskim [Live pictures in English-style gardens] for tape - 1986

Spring Music, for flute, violin, synthesizer, tape - 1978 (PWM 1979)

Pełnia lata [Midsummer], for clarinet, cello, piano and tape - 1979 (Moeck 1980)

Herbstlied [Autumn song], for harpichord and tape - 1981 (Moeck 1982)

Winterreise [Winter's Journey], for flute, oboe, violin, tape, cello and tape - 1995

Antiphonae, for tape - 1989

Tierra caliente, for tape - 1992


Instrumental Theatre

Multiplay - 1971 (Moeck/PWM 1978)

Musical Games, for 5 instruments - 1973 (Moeck/PWM 1974)

Promenada I i II, for clarinet, cello, 2 synthesizers - 1973

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