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KAZIMIERZ SEROCKI

(b. 1922, Toruń - d. 1981)


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BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Kazimierz Serocki was born in Toruń on 3 March 1922 and died in 1981. He studied composition with Kazimierz Sikorski and piano with Stanisław Szpinalski at the State Higher School of Music in Łódź and graduated in 1946. He continued his studies in composition with Nadia Boulanger and in piano with Lazare Levy in Paris in 1947-48. From 1946 to 1951 he performed many times as a concert pianist in Poland and abroad. From 1952 onwards he was exclusively committed to composing. Serocki's output is concentrated in two main spheres : orchestral music and vocal-instrumental pieces to Polish texts selected with fine discrimination.
Serocki is one of the initiators of the festival "Warsaw Autumn". Together with J.Krenz and T. Bairdem he formed the composers' group ("Group 49"). He was vice-president of the central administration of the Polish Composers' Union (1954 - 55). He received a number of Polish and foreign awards, including several State Prizes, among them one in 1952 for his music to the film "Young Chopin". He also received a prize at the UNESCO competition (1959, for the Sinfonietta) and the award of the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts for the whole of his work (1963).



LIST OF WORKS


Chamber Music

Suite for 4 trombones - 1953

Continuum Sextet for Percussion Instruments - 1966

Swinging Music for clarinet, trombone, cello or double bass, and piano - 1970

Fantasmagoria for piano and percussion - 1971

Arrangements for 1-4 recorders - 1975-76


Orchestral works and concertos

Three Melodies from Kurpie for 6 sopranos, 6 tenors, and chamber orchestra - 1949

Symphony No. 1 - 1952

Symphony No. 2 , "Symphony of Song" for soprano, baritone, choir, and orchestra - 1953

Concerto for trombone and orchestra - 1953

Sonatina for trombone and orchestra - 1954

Sinfonietta per due orchestre d'archi - 1956

Heart of the Night , song cycle for baritone and orchestra - 1956

Eyes of the Air , song cycle for soprano and orchestra - 1957

Musica concertante - 1958

Episodes for strings and 3 groups of percussion - 1959

Segmenti - 1961

Symphonic Frescoes - 1964

Niobe , music to extracts from a poem by Konstanty I. Gałczyński for 2 reciters (man and woman), mixed choir, and orchestra - 1966

Forte e piano, music for two pianos and orchestra - 1967

Poems , to words by Tadeusz Różewicz for soprano and chamber orchestra - 1969

Dramatic Story - 1970

Fantasia elegiaca for organ and orchestra - 1972

Impromptu fantasque for orchestra - 1973

Concerto alla cadenza per flauto a becco e orchestra - 1974

Ad libitum for symphony orchestra - 1973-77

Pianophonie - 1976-78


Solo instruments

Suite of Preludes - 1952

Brownies , 7 little pieces for children - 1953

Sonata - 1955

A piacere , suggestions for piano - 1963

Sonatina for trombone and piano - 1954

Dance for clarinet and piano - 1955


Voice and Piano

Heart of the Night , song cycle for baritone and piano - 1956

Eyes of the Air , song cycle for soprano and piano - 1957


4-Part Unaccompanied Mixed Choir

Songs of Midsummer Night, suite , folk text - 1954

Suite , from the Opole Region in Silesia, folk text - 1954





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Based on materials from the program book of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Encyklopedia Muzyki
(Warsaw: PWM, 1995 ) and an entry in the PWM Encyclopedia of Music.
Edited in July 2000 by Ewa Grzegrzulka. Updated on 28 June 2001.