The world premiere of the last composition of the late Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, who passed away five years ago, will take place on the 4th of November in Krakow. The premiere of the Sanctus Adalbertus oratorio will be the great finish to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne [Polish Music Publishing House], which will take place in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. The Krakow Festival Office is a partner of this event.

The premiere of this monumental piece, devoted to St Adalbert, the first patron saint of Poland, was discussed for years. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki composed it in 1997 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the martyrdom of the bishop of Prague. The oratorio was to be performed during the pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Poland, and dedicated to the Pope as well; however, the premiere never took place.

The subject of the oratorio kept coming up over the course of the next years, giving music lovers hope to hear this monumental work by Górecki, who composed less and less, and struggled with health problems. The public presentation of the work, however, never took place. The composer passed away in November 2010, leaving the question about the premiere of Sanctus Adalbertus unanswered.

The finished oratorio was found by composer’s son – Mikołaj Górecki – after his father’s death. With the permission of the family, the world premiere of the last work by one of the most outstanding Polish composers of the 20th century will take place five years after its author’s death, and will be the culmination of the 70th Anniversary of the Polish Music Publishing House celebration. The event is symbolic – Górecki published his first compositions there, and he was connected with the PWM throughout his whole artistic life.

The concert will take place on the 4th of November 2015 at 8 PM in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre (Marii Konopnickiej 17). Apart from the world premiere of Sanctus Adalbertus, op. 71 for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and a great Henryk Mikołaj Górecki symphonic orchestra, we will also hear Paweł Mykietyn’s Fanfare, composed solely for this occasion, and the Eternal Songs op. 10 by Mieczysław Karłowicz. The featured soloists will be: Wioletta Chodowicz – soprano, Artur Ruciński – baritone, Polish Radio Choir, Krakow Philharmonic Choir, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk – conductor.

70th Anniversary of the Polish Music Publishing House

ICE Kraków Congress Centre
4 November 2015
8 PM






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The most prominent Polish composers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, exceptional figures of classical, film and jazz music, immeasurable history of Polish publishing – those are the things which have made the Polish Music Publishing House – the oldest and the largest music publishing house in Poland – historic. It was founded in 1945, and over the years it managed to gather a tremendous legacy – from the scores by various composers – both contemporary and those from the past, to important dictionaries and books on history and theory of music, audiobooks and educational publications. However, the huge archives, achievements and legacy are not only important from the standpoint of Polish music – it is also an important part of the Polish, European and world culture. It was there, where first scores by renowned Polish composers – Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar – were published. Today, among the contemporary composers of the young generation, connected with the PWM we will find such important names as Paweł Mykietyn, Agata Zubel, Marcel Chyrzyński, Mikołaj Górecki, Paweł Łukaszewski. Among the most valuable collections of the publishing house there is the “Arcydzieła Muzyki Polskiej XX wieku” [20th Century Polish Music Masterpieces] series, consisting of scores by exceptional composers, such as Mieczysław Karłowicz, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Tadeusz Baird, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar. The first source-critical collections in the world, containing works by Frederic Chopin and Karol Szymanowski published by the PWM are also extremely important. The vast number of scores are made available to bands, orchestras and philharmonics worldwide. It is because of this publishing house’s activity that the Polish culture is present not only on the Polish stages, but spreads all over the world. The PWM is also a patron and promoter of contemporary music – most visibly by organising the Tadeusz Ochlewski Composing Competition for the composers of the youngest generation, commemorating the first director of the publishing house.

The series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the Polish Music Publishing House will start in the beginning of November 2015. The programme includes the premiere of the monograph on the PWM by Małgorzata Gąsiorowska, a scientific conference, and an official concert in Krakow, with a world premiere of Sanctus Adalbertus oratorio by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. On the 11th of November the concert will be repeated in the seat of the Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra in Katowice.

The celebration of the PWM Anniversary are held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.

Find out more: pwm.com.pl


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