How did Poland sound during the Partition era, the 123 years when it wasn't on the map? From folk music to Chopin, and from Wagner to Elgar, here’s 19th-century Poland set to music in 12 tracks full of significance.
In celebration of the centenary of Poland’s Independence, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute organised a competition for a treatment of a musical play based on the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Nine finalists will go on to the second round of the competition.
The Fifth International Discovering Paderewski Festival, the most important and biggest Polish-Ukrainian music event, will start in Lviv on 11th November 2016. At the festival, an opera by Ignacy Jan Paderewski entitled Manru with a new arrangement by Jerzy Maksymiuk will have its premiere in the form of a concert – a unique Polish-Ukrainian coproduction.
Piano Concert in A minor, Op. 17 is both one of the most famous pieces in Paderewski’s repertoire, as well as one of the greatest Polish piano achievements. The composition is distinguished by beautiful melodics, subtle emotionality, a well-balanced virtuosity and transparent facture, especially of the solo instrument, as well as a clear construction.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was one of the greatest people in the history of Poland. His multifarious activities as a composer, a pianist, a politician, a prominent statesman and, last but not least, a generous philantropist, distinguished him from the group of the greatest individuals of the world of culture and politics of the first half of the twentieth century, both in Poland and world-wide.
Pianist, composer, activist, polyglot, orator, politician, statesman, humanitarian, businessman, patron of art and architecture, wine-grower, film actor, icon: Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) led a remarkable life.
Speaking of Polish piano music one certainly cannot omit two names: Frederic Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. From the enormous musical output of the former, Marek Mizera - a gifted pianist and educator - chose one piece from each of the most typical genres for Chopin - a nocturne, a ballad, a scherzo, and a polonaise. Four miniatures, with the famous Menuet Op 14 No. 1, represent Paderewski's work.