|Polish Music Newsletter
March 2005, Vol. 11, No. 3. ISSN 1098-9188. Published monthly.
Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California
Mieczysław Karłowicz and Juliusz Zarębski
On 11 February 2005, Eloise Quackenboss of Greenwood, Mississippi made a generous donation of music by Polish-born composer and piano teacher Jaroslaw de Zielinski. The jewel of the donation is an 18-page manuscript that was dedicated to Ms. Quackenboss's grandmother and namesake, Ms. Eloise Williamson, a student of de Zielinski. The manuscript is entitled Small Suite and is in 5 movements: Prelude (Morning), Fugato (Over the Mountains), At the Spring, Polka (Sounds from the Ballroom), and Serenade (Gay Moonlight).
In addition to the beautiful handwritten music, de Zielinski also included snippets of poems scribbled at various angles at the top of each movement. These quotes (printed below) were, presumably, the inspiration for his music.
The morning-lark, the messenger of day,
Fugato (Over the Mountains)
Now there is nothing gives a man such spirits,
At the Spring
About this spring, if ancient fame say true,
Polka (Sounds from the Ballroom)
And beautiful maidens moved down in the dance,
Serenade (Gay Moonlight)
Silence, ye wolves! while Ralph to Cynthia howls, And makes night hideous;—answer him, ye owls!
Ms. Quackenboss also included in her donation two pieces of de Zielinski's published music. The first, Three Pictures from Alabama, is the published version of three of the songs from the manuscript: At the Spring, Polka (Sounds from the Ballroom), and Serenade (Gay Moonlight). Interestingly, it appears from markings in the manuscript that de Zielinski originally intended to publish Prelude (Morning) and Fugato (Over the Mountains) as part of the Three Pictures from Alabama, rather than Polka (Sounds from the Ballroom) and Serenade (Gay Moonlight). This music was published by the Walscher Music Co. in Indianapolis in 1901. The second piece is entitled Trois Morceaux (op.11) and includes three movements as well: Feuille d'Automne, Tempo di Valse, and Fantasie Mazurka. Trois Morceaux was published by The Chicago Music Co. in 1880 and dedicated thus: "A Mademoiselle Coralie Wood, de Rodney, Mississippi".Jarosław Zieliński was born March 31, 1844, in Lubycza Krolewska, Poland near Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (now L'viv, Ukraine). He was a piano student of Guniewicz and Mikuli (one of Chopin's most important pupils) at the Lemberg Conservatory. He continued his studies under Schulhoff (piano) in Vienna and Cerutti (voice) in Milan. He took an active part in the Polish uprising against czarist Russia in 1863-1964, and then in the American Civil War. When he came to the U.S. he began using the name Jaroslaw de Zielinski. After the war, he began to appear in concerts and subsequently he taught piano and voice. At first he made his home in New York, then in Michigan. In 1888 he moved to Buffalo, NY, and finally in 1910 to Los Angeles, where he remained until his death in Santa Barbara in 1922. In Los Angeles, he founded the Zielinski Trio Club and headed a school of music. De Zielinski's library of published works on music was acquired by the Los Angeles Public Library and formed the core of its music collection. De Zielinski also published his own piano music and wrote several articles, including "Poles in Music" in the Century Library of Music, vol. 18 (see a reprint of this article in Polish Music Journal Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 2002).
[KC]Biographical information for this article was taken from the Zielinski Inventory at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota (http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/research/vitrage/all/z/POLzielinski.htm)
The Polish Music Information Centre, the Library arm of the Związek Kompozytorów Polskich [Polish Composers' Union], has donated the Program book and 8-CD set of selected music from the 2003 Warszawska Jesień [Warsaw Autumn Festival]. Warszawska Jesień is the top international festival of contemporary music in Poland, and indeed one of the foremost in the world. This donation will serve as an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to research truly cutting edge music at the Polish Music Center. The CDs of the 2003 Festival (as well as past years, which are also available at the PMC) feature music that often has not been recorded anywhere else. The Festival Program books is nothing short of a contemporary music textbook, with informative biographies and program notes for all composers, works, and performers involved, both in the festival itself or at fringe events that spring up more and more each year.
Jan Kaczmarek receiving his Oscar for "Best Original Score"
The first full evening ballet using music by Witold Lutosławski has been created by British choreographer Philip Taylor. His version of Alice in Wonderland was premiered on 12 December 2004 at Munich's Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz to great critical acclaim. Because of the rave reviews of this premiere, another performance has been scheduled for 4 March 2005. The Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote:
Alan Brooks (Cheshire Cat) and Gesine Eileen Moog (Alice)
The decisive coup in this dancing Alice in Wonderland is the cleverly chosen music by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski which, under the sophisticated direction of Andreas Kowalewitz, sounds as though it had been composed especially for Alice as a multi-colored, atmospheric and trenchant commentary.Chester Music recently prepared a CD sampler of the music of Lutosławski for the interest of choreographers, as his music has been very rarely choreographed up to this point. Due to a relaxation of terms governing the use of the music by his estate, this CD will hopefully go some way to rectifying this omission, and includes extracts from many works, including: Concerto for Orchestra, Livre pour orchestre, and the Variations on a Theme by Paganini. For a copy of the CD and further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, 4 MARCH 2005, at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall
57th Street @ Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
The Silesian String Quartet, Poland's foremost chamber group, now in its 27th season, will make its only New York appearance this season with a program called "Szymanowski & Friends: A Celebration of Polish Music and Musicians". Co-presented by the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish Cultural Institute, this program will feature music of three master Polish composers of 20th century: Karol Szymanowski (Quartets Nos. 1 & 2), Andrzej Panufnik (Quartet No. 2 and Messages), and Henryk Górecki (Quartet No. 2, Quasi una fantasia - Commissioned by the Kosciuszko Foundation). The Silesian Quartet was founded in 1978 by a group of students from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. It developed its skills at master courses conducted by the members of the LaSalle, Amadeus, Juilliard, Smetana and Berg Quartets. The Quartet's repertoire includes over 250 pieces of chamber literature, of which almost 200 are by 20th century composers. The Silesian Quartet has premiered some 40 works by Polish and foreign composers, many of which have been dedicated to the Quartet. It has performed at the "Warsaw Autumn", "Poznań Music Spring", and music festivals throughout Europe. The Silesian Quartet has given over one thousand concerts in Poland and Europe, as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Hong Kong. The group's discography includes complete string quartets by Aleksander Tansman, Karol Szymanowski, and Igor Stravinsky as well as works by Henryk Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki and Zygmunt Krauze. Recent recordings include the String Quartet of Stefan Wolpe, the chamber version of Chopin's Concerto in E minor, piano quintets by Johannes Brahms and Juliusz Zarębski. Silesian String Quartet members:
Szymon Krzeszowiec, Violin
Arkadiusz Kubica, Violin
Lukasz Syrnicki, Viola
Piotr Janosik, Cello
Information for this article taken from the website of the Polish Cultural Foundation, www.polishculture-nyc.org.
Marek Dykta aims to draw in his audience with well-known songs and then take them on a wild ride towards climactic improvisations from the jazz minded band members. With the songs sung by multi-talented vocalist Rich Micallef, and the backing of accomplished members of the Marek Dykta Band, this performance is sure to top off the last year's hotly received band's concert at NYDAI's Art Nights. Saturday, 12 March 2005 at 7:30 pm at the Europa Club - Performance by Marek's Jazz Vision Band
An up and coming force on the trumpet and in composition, Marek Skwarczynski delights audiences with his blend of classic jazz distilled through the Polish Folk idiom. Visit the artist's web site at trumpettime.tripod.com. Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 7:30 pm in Europa Club - Performance by Varsovia Trio: Ewa Skardowska - piano, Adam Zarzycki - violin and Piotr Hausenplas - cello.
After performing numerous concerts in Poland and in Europe, the highly accomplished musicians of the Varsovia Trio will present music of A. Panufnik, P. Tschaikowsky and A. Kurylewicz in their only New York appearance. This concert is organized in collaboration with Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
17 March, 2005 8:00 pm, NY, USA
The Kaufman Center presents jazz pianist and composer Leszek Możdżer on Thursday, March 17, at 8 PM, at Merkin Concert Hall. Presented in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, the evening of solo piano works will include Możdżer's own passionate jazz interpretations of four Chopin mazurkas, as well as a selection of his original compositions. Introduced to American audiences last fall at a sold-out concert with pianist Adam Makowicz at Carnegie Hall, Możdżer is widely considered to be the past decade's greatest revelation on the Polish jazz scene. Born in 1971, Możdżer has been playing piano since the age of five. In 1991 he joined the Miłość band ("Love" in Polish). During the six years Możdżer led Miłość, it became the most popular jazz group in Poland recording six albums, two with trumpeter Lester Bowie. In 1996, Możdżer graduated from Stanislaw Moniuszko Conservatory in Gdansk. Możdżer received many accolades, including the Krzysztof Komeda Prize 1992 from the Polish Culture Foundation, the First Prize of the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice in 1994, the Mateusz Swiecicki Prize from Polish Radio 3, the Mayor of Gdańsk's medal for outstanding artistic achievements, and the Fryderyk Prize for Jazz Musician of 1998, as well as many citations in the magazine Jazz Forum. Możdżer has recorded 30 CDs, including four under his own name, the best known of which is Chopin Impressions. He has also collaborated with such jazz greats as Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano and Archie Shepp. Since 1992 he has been a regular collaborator with Zbigniew Preisner, Poland's leading film music composer, taking part in the recording of many of the composer's film scores. Today Możdżer performs all over the world. The Frankfurter Allgemeine called Możdżer "one of the greatest piano virtuosos," and his jazz interpretations of Chopin's pieces received a standing ovation at the prestigious Piano Festival in Chartres, France. For tickets, call (212)501-3330 or visit www.kaufman-center.org
A cycle of concerts of Polish music and celebration of Polish culture will be held for the first time at the Azusa Pacific University School of Music on the occasion of the anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth on February 22, 1810. The artistic director of these events is Polish pianist Roza Kostrzewska Yoder, member of the faculty of the APU School of Music. The university is especially pleased to present pianist Dina Joffe, Second Prize Winner of the 1975 Chopin International Piano Competition, in solo recital on 8 March at 7:30 pm, followed by a reception featuring Polish cuisine. Ms. Joffe will also be leading a master class devoted to the 24 Chopin Etudes on 6 March from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Other concerts will be performed by students (including laureates of international piano competitions) and faculty of the APU School of Music on 17 March at 8:00 pm and 10 April at 7:30 pm. These performances will be accompanied by an installation by Polish artist Anna Gajewska in the Arden II Gallery, and by a screening and discussion of Krzysztoff Kieslowski's film Decalogue [Ten Commandments] on 1 April at 7:30pm. All concerts and master classes will be held in Munson Hall and the film screening will take place in Room 111. Admission to all events is without charge.
The application deadline for the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw is 1 March 2005. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born between 1977 - 1988. The Competition shall be held in Warsaw from 2 - 24 October 2005.
CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES
Lutosławski and CrockettThe following are the program notes for these two pieces, from the concert of 15 February:
Photo: William Thomson
Igor Lipinski is a student at the Paderewski Music High School in Tarnów, Poland. He is the recipient of the Grand Prix for Young Pianists at the Paderewski Festival at Kasna Dolna, winning this prestigious award in 1999 and again in 2000. His recent appearance in the 22nd All Poland Tarnów Talent Week in November(2004) was greeted with critical acclaim. He was presented with a cash prize by the President of Tarnów and the critics called him the most promising young Polish artist talent.
Igor Lipinski makes his third visit to the Buffalo area having first appeared in the play Paderewski's Children, by Kazimierz Braun of the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance in February of 2004. Since his last visit Igor has been very busy expanding his repertoire and preparing for his upcoming auditions for several American conservatories to continue his development as a concert pianist. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be used to offset his expenses. His talent is worthy of continued support.
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