Musical Decades of Independence

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Conductor seen by a soloist. Photo: Agata Zubel

Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej was invited by Polish Music Edition (Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne - PWM) to take part in a huge recording project. 100 pieces composed between 1918 and 2018 were supposed to be recorded by leading Polish orchestras, choirs and chamber groups. OMN recorded four pieces:

  • Bolesław Szabelski "Aforzymy 9" (1962) for nine instruments
  • Jerzy Kornowicz "Zorze IV" (2006) for 15 musicians
  • Agata Zubel "Not I" (2012) for soprano, ensemble and electronics
  • Marcin Stańczyk "Some drops" (2016) for trumpet and ensemble

During the last recording session OMN cooperated with musicians from Ensemble Musikfabrik.

Over the centuries, the idiom of Polishness has been marked and emphasised in music in various ways. The entire oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin is suffused with the ‘Polish spirit’, as are the operas of Stanisław Moniuszko, for example, or Michał Kleofas Ogiński’s polonaise ‘Pożegnanie ojczyzny’ [Farewell to the homeland]. The output of Karol Szymanowski, Wojciech Kilar and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki is also associated with Polishness.

The PWM catalogue includes many works associated with the watchwords ‘Polish music’ or ‘national music’, employing the texts of recognised poets, drawing on folklore and old Polish melodies, paying tribute to heroes and prominent Poles, and referring thematically to Polish cities and regions.


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