Romuald Twardowski (b. 17 June 1930)
studied at the State Conservatory of the Lithuanian Republic in Soviet Union in Vilnius (1952-1957).
Since 1957 he continued his compositional studies at the State
Higher School of Music in Warsaw (with Bolesław Woytowicz). After graduating in 1960, he studied for
one year in 1963 with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
Twardowski He withdrew most of his early pieces.
In the 1950s his music went through a phase characterized by dissonance and
thick textures; in subsequent years his style became more melodic. His stage
music reveals a gift for theatrical timing and a sense of drama. The fluency and
lightness of musical narration finds its reflection in the variety of genres and
forms ranging from instrumental miniatures to concert forms (with
orchestra), from vocal solo and choral cycles to operas and ballets. A didactic
element plays an essential part in the composer's music, especially for youth and children.|
Twardowski with Trochimczyk
Twardowski received many
awards for his music, including the Prince Rainier Prize for the ballet
Sorcerer' Sculptures, and a Prize at the Prague Spring Festival for
Sonetti di Petrarca. In 2000 he donated a number of his manuscripts to the PMC collection. The photograph
features a moment at the Polish Composers' Union after the donation ceremony (23 September 2000).
Mała liturgia prawosławna, na zespół wokalny i 3 grupy instrumentalne
[The Lesser Orthodox Liturgy: for vocal ensemble and three instrumental groups]
Manuscript score in black ink; 49 pages, on music paper of 26 staves.
MANUSCRIPTS AT USC
Interludia no. 1-3 from the opera "Maria Stuart" (1979).
Manuscript score in black ink, excerpts from an opera, 66 pages; on KKF
Russian music paper of 30 staves.
Trio, for violin, cello and piano, dedicated to Trio de Chopin.
Manuscript score in black ink, 16 pages; on music paper of 18 staves.
Capriccio in Blue, version for violin and piano(n.d., 19
Sonata breve, for harpsichord or piano (1979, 8 pages).
Nigunim: melodie Chasydow [Hassidic melodies], for violin and
Manuscript score in black ink, 30 pages; 24-staves music paper.
Hommage a J.S. Bach, for organ (2000).
Manuscript sketches in pencil, not signed. The manuscript consists of: Toccatina; Two inventions; Preludio; Postludio; Preludio;
Symphony for strings, piano, and percussion(1959);
Nomopedia, cinque movimenti per orchestra
fiorentino: I.Tre studi secondo Giotto for chamber orchestra (1966); II.
Sonetti di Petrarca, for solo tenor and two a capella choirs (1965);
Marian Triptych for strings (1974);
Two Landscapes for orchestra (1975);
Capriccio in Blue for violin and orchestra (1979);
Joannes Rex for baritone, choir, and orchestra(1983);
Concerto for Piano (1984);
A Spanish Fantasy for violin and orchestra
Three Frescoes for symphony orchestra (1986);
The Italian Album for orchestra
Nigunim, Hassidic Melodies for violin and orchestra (1991);
Opera and Ballet
The Naked Prince , ballet in one act (1960);
Cyrano de Bergerac , opera in four acts(1962);
The Fall of Father Suryn, music drama for radio after
Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's Mother Joanna of the Angels (1969);
Maria Stuart, opera
Little Orthodox Liturgy, for vocal ensembles and chamber orchestra
Ode to Youth for speaker, choir, and orchestra to the text of Adam
Concerto for vocal orchestra (1986);
Canticum canticorum for soprano, flute and strings (1994).
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