Szymanowski’s Homeland – Europe’s Forgotten Orient at the Edinburgh International Festival

16 Aug at 5:00 pm
The Hub, Castlehill (EH1 2NE)
Tickets: £6/£3
Box office: 0131 473 2000

Duration: 1 hour

Karol Szymanowski's portrait by Witkacy

The London Symphony Orchestra concerts of Karol Szymanowski’s music are preceeded by a study event entitled Szymanowski’s Homeland – Europe’s Forgotten Orient. The Study Event is a panel organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, in which contributors rediscover the orient in Szymanowski’s music and, by exploring his work from a post-colonial perspective, add a new dimension to our understanding of this cultural icon

On the panel are Roman Berchenko, Russian composer, musicologist and musical journalist and deputy director of Radio Orphey in Moscow and Piotr Deptuch, a Polish conductor and a musicologist. Both have an in-depth knowledge of Szymanowski's music and life. The panel is moderated by Aleksander Laskowski from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Karol Szymanowski spent his formative years in a region of Europe with a coloful political history – where different nations, languages, and religions lived relatively peacefully, in co-existence. It seemed to be an ideal cultural setting that present-day Europeans dare only dream about. But was it really such a paradise? Maybe it was just a dream, or a past they would like to have? One thing is certain – it was Europe’s internal Orient than has now, been almost completely forgotten. To understand the exotic element in Szymanowski’s music, this Orient needs to be rediscovered. Our intent is to take a closer look at its history, from a post-colonial perspective, and to add a new dimension to Szymanowski's legacy as a cultural icon – the most eminent Orientalist, from the most eastern point of Europe.

Following the panel discussion, the Edinburgh International Festival features concerts of the composer's music played by the London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

For more information about the composer, see: www.karolszymanowski.pl

Rate:
(6 votes)
"Clapp" armchair, project: Piotr Kuchciński, producer: NotiMust, Have 2014, photo: Łódź Design Festival 2014

In the last couple of years Poland's fame has gone beyond its beautiful women and hearty meals served with a shot of vodka. Slowly but surely, Poland is...

A shot from the film Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, phot. Opus Film

Ida has won the 2014 LUX Prize, granted by the European Parliament to films which encourage discussion on values important to the European Union.

450 pianists from 45 countries have signed up to participate in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. This record interest is much higher...

The Arc2 Design Factory studio has won the competition to design the architectural concept for Gdańsk’s new planetarium, which will be constructed before the...

This War of Mine, press materials

The new Polish computer game This War of Mine has spread among players in almost 100 countries around the world, and has been among the best rated games for...

  •  
  • 1 of 463

The International Organ Music Festival in Pelplin had its predecessor in the Pelplin Chamber Concerts series that was run in the Pelplin Cathedral by the local...

ART Food workshops in Ćmielów; photo courtesy of IAM

Students from design schools in Poland as well as from abroad are meeting at the 2nd edition of the Art Food workshops which merge cuisine and design. The...

Igor Podsiadły has been granted the Swan award. The jury of the “Oscars” of Dutch dance appreciated his performance in the Naked Lunch play, inspired by the...

Jagiellonian University Museum

First held in 2001, the "Sinfonia Varsovia Swojemu Miastu" Festival has since enjoyed a growing popularity, over 5,000 listeners attending its fifth, 2005...

  •  
  • 1 of 248

The culinary tastes of the generations born in the PPR (the Polish People’s Republic) were shaped mostly by canteen food and home cooking, which was based on...

Throughout centuries, Poland has been populated by very diverse ethnicities and linguistic groups, all of which have left a mark. Here's a look at some of the...

Andrzej Wajda during a rehearsal of "The Possessed" according to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1971, Teatr Stary in Krakow, photo: Wojciech Plewiński / Forum

Forty years since it irreversibly altered the Polish theatre scene, Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "The Possesed" resurfaces on the small screen. "The...

Culture.pl presents a guide of a phantom city - a Warsaw that no longer exists.

Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square, photo: Grzegorz Czaplicki

Forget the Old Town and the National Museum. Here are directions to the hotspots of counter-culture where you will encounter the laid-back yet edgy lifestyle...

  •  
  • 1 of 463