hour 20:30 (50 minutes)
day 26.09 Thursday
place STEAMSHIP Hall
music category Chamber music
Paweł Szymański Concerto a 4
Jacek Grudzień Wiatr od morza [Wind from the Sea]
Jacek Grudzień Song for clarinet, trombone, cello, piano and tape
Jacek Grudzień Nonstrom
Maciej Małecki Music for piano and 3 instruments
Jacek Grudzień studied composition with Włodzimierz Kotoński, precursor of electronic music in Poland. He also attended composing workshops in Darmstadt – the European centre of the musical avant-garde in the 20th century. Grudzień does not shy away from writing for classical instruments. During the Wind from the Sea concert we will hear Piosenka [Song] for clarinet, trombone, cello, piano and tape, as well as works without electronics.
According to the composer, the composition that gives the title to the concert is “(…) a sort of postcard from a holiday in [the sea resort] of Ustka”, written at the request of saxophonist friend Alina Mleczko and composer Paweł Mykietyn, founder of the Nonstrom ensemble. Nonstrom is a portrait of sorts of the ensemble bearing the same name: “I wrote Nonstrom for my friends in the ensemble at a time when we used to meet almost every day (…). It was supposed to be a funny present for them (…)”.
Paweł Szymański is a composer with an established, ascetic style. “I have nothing to communicate to the potential listener of my music except for the music itself. I do not require the listener to find in my music that, which I would like to exist within it, but, perhaps, I was unable to implant into it; on the other hand I will not help him to find in this music anything that he cannot find by himself” – these words were published in the “Dwutygodnik” webzine and have remained relevant throughout the composer’s thirty year composing career. Another characteristic feature of Szymański’s output is associations with earlier periods of music, as is evident in, for example, Concerto a 4.