Vol. 1, no. 3
Grazyna Bacewicz's "Piano Quintet" and "Quintet for Winds" are now available
from European American Retail Music Tel. (800) 345-6296) or Fax (610)
993-0563 (24 hrs/day); $61.75 and $54.00 respectively.
Other chamber music scores to order from them: Panufnik's "Concertino"
for percussion; Tansman's "Suite" for ob, cl, bsn; Szymanowski's "String
Quartets nos. 1 and 2"; Gorecki's "Lerchenmusik" for cl, cello & piano
and Chopin's "Piano Trio."
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
POLISH MUSIC @ THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC 1994/1995 SEASON
October 6 and 9, 1994
Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto
Paul Crossley, piano
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
November 10 and 13, 1994
Lutoslawski: Flowers and Fables
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
April 12, 13, 15 and 16, 1995
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto no. 1
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Don't miss the Szymanowski Violin Concerto! It is a beautiful piece
composed in 1916. First performance in the U.S. was in Philadelphia,
Leopold Stokowski conducting, in 1924. (fourth performance after the world
premere in Warsaw, followed by Prague and Paris.)
Order tickets by phone: (213) 972-0777.
FROM POLONAISE TO PENDERECKI: POLISH MUSIC @ THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
March 6-23, 1995 POLISH MUSIC: COMPOSERS, ART AND POLITICS 1944 - 1994.
Danuta Gwizdalanka, musicologist from Poznan, Poland.
A series of lectures addressing trends in Polish music since 1956; the
avant-garde of the 60s; new approaches to the traditions of romanticism
and folklore; the works of Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Gorecki and others.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Tu-Th 4:00-5:30.
March 10, 1995 COMPOSITION SEMINAR WITH KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI
3:30-5:30 p.m. Public welcome.
8:00 p.m. THE ANNUAL COPERNICUS LECTURE
MAESTRO KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI, interviewed by Bogdana Carpenter,
March 11, 1995 PERFORMING CHOPIN.
4:00 p.m. GARRICK OHLSSON, piano, Free.
8:00 p.m. THE WARSAW SINFONIA, ALLISON ELDREDGE, cello, PENDERECKI
conducting his "Viola Concerto" transcribed for cello.
Reserved seating. Tickets $16, 26, 32, 42.
March 12, 1995 THE COMPLETE SOLO PIANO MUSIC OF FREDERIC CHOPIN,
4:00 p.m. GARRICK OHLSSON, piano. Tickets $ 14, 18, 24, 26.
March 23-25, 1995. Composer HENRYK GORECKI visiting on campus.
March 24, 1995 THE MUSIC OF HENRYK GORECKI
8:00 p.m. Contemporary Directions Ensemble, University of Michigan School
of Music, H. Robert Reynolds, conductor performing "Quarteto, op. 5"
String Quartet no. 2; "Musiquette 2" op. 23; "Kleines Requiem fur eine
March 25, 1995 COMPOSITION SEMINAR WITH HENRYK GORECKI
10:00 - noon. Hosted by Music Composition department.
March 31, 1995 THE COMPLETE SOLO PIANO MUSIC OF FREDERIC CHOPIN
8:00 p.m. GARRICK OHLSSON, piano.
Reserved seating. Tickets $14, 18, 24, 26.
RECORDINGS - LATEST RELEASES:
First CD appearance of any of Grazyna Bacewicz's four symphonies. Koch
Schwann SCH 311432. Also features her "Concerto for Orchestra."
United UNI 88014 "Polish String Quartetes" includes the Bacewicz String
Quartet no.3 (called a masterpiece by Witold Lutoslawski). The other
string quartettes are by Penderecki String Quartet now stationed in Canada.
For anyone interested in any of the seven String Quartetes composed by
BACEWICZ look up:Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet (nos. 4 and 7) on Troubadisc
Grazyna Bacewicz Warsaw Quartet (nos. 4 and 7) Olympia OCD 310
Wilanow String Quartet (nos. 3 and 5) Olympia OLY 387
The music scores to the string quartettes are available from PWM (Polskie
Wydawnictwo Muzyczne), Foreign Trade Dept., al Krasinskiego 11a, 31-111
Krakow, Poland or contact Theodore Presser, their representative in U.S.
Fax: (215) 527-7841.
LATEST GORECKI RECORDINGS;
"IKOS" (Gorecki, Travener, Part) features Gorecki's choral pieces,
"Totus Tuus and Amen". Choir of King's College, Cambridge, STEPHEN
CLEOBURY, conducting. #55096.
For another choral work, "Beatus Vir" see ARGO 436835-2 performed by the
Prague Philharmonic Choir.
Henryk Wieniawski's "Violin Showpieces," a CD produced by Naxos NXS
8,550744, was favorably reviewed by Alan Gary Campbell in the H&B
Recordings Direct magazine. "Some extremely difficult passages played
extremely well by the Russian phenomenon, Marat Bisengaliev and
accompanist John Lenehan. Only $6.50. Unbelievable bargain!
Speaking of Wieniawski, the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznan
has just announced the dates for the XIth International Wieniawski Violin
Competition. It is scheduled for October 12, 1996. See Competitions for
Many new releases by great artists are now available at your favorite
record store. Important to look up Garrick Olhsson playing Chopin's
Complete Works on Arabesque label (2-Z6642-2).
COMMEMORATIONS AND ANNIVERSARIES:
March 1 is Chopin's birthday. Born 185 years ago in 1810. The Larousse
Encyclopedia of Music, edited by Geoffrey Hindley, states that "his
immense contribution to the piano music and musical Romanticism of the
19th century has been recognized and that he is also recognized to be an
outstanding genius who is the incarnation of the national Polish style."
They further state that his role as the representative of the spirit of
Poland has been accepted throughout the world.
March 3 is Kazimierz Serocki's birth date (1922). One of Poland's
outstanding contemporary composers, founder of the Warsaw Autumn
International Contemporary Music Festivals, died in 1981. It seems that
none of his "best" works are available on CD or LP. The only recordings
available at the moment are, "Concerto for trombone and orchestra" BIS CD
538; "Continum" for percussion instruments Olympia OCD 324; "A Suite of
Preludes for piano" Olympia OCD 316 and "Suite for 4 Trombones" Olympia
He won prizes for his "Sinfonietta" for 2 string orchestras; "Musica
concertante" and for a song cycle, "Eyes of the Air." Witold Lutoslawski
considered his "Pianophonie" for piano, electronic tape and orchestra
(1976-78) a fine piece of craftsmanship. He also wrote "Forte e piano"
for two pianos and orchestra (1967) that should be interesting.
ALSO BORN IN THE MONTH OF MARCH:
Karol Kurpinski born on March 6, 1785, died September, 1857. Violinist,
composer, conductor, teacher, music critic. General director of the
Warsaw Opera from 1824-1840. Founder of the first Polish music journal,
Piotr Perkowski, born on March 17, 1901, studied privately with Karol
Szymanowski and under A. Roussel (1926-28) in Paris. Founder of the
Society of Polish Musicians in Paris. Very active in the Polish Composers
Union. Composer and professor. Among his pupils; Baird Natanson,
Szajna-Lewandowska, Rudzinski and Maksymiuk. Prized compositions:
"Wedding Suite," "Piece for violin and piano" dedicated to Szymanowski
and "Dramatic Symphony." Only available recording: "Symphony in D" on
Olympia OCD 315.
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