Andrzej Kwieciński Wins At The International Rostrum Of Composers
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Canzon de'baci by Andrzej Kwieciński for solo voice and chamber orchestra won in the Young Composers category at the International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki. This is another in a long series of Polish successes, including Agata Zubel's triumph last year.
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The piece itself was also among the 10 works recommended in the main category. These works were submitted to the organizers of the Rostrum – the International Council of Music and Radio France – by public broadcasters around the world. The song will be presented by all 27 public radio stations from four continents which take part in the International Rostrum of Composers.
Canzon de'baci is a turning point in my creative work. For a long time there appeared some kind of dichotomy in it - my interest in composition completely didn’t meet my passions as a countertenor, specializing in baroque singing. It was during Canzon de'baci when I realized that this couldn't go on. I started to look for my identity, wondering what is most important for me, to seek common ground for the functioning of these two worlds. I tried to make Canzon de’baci extremely baroque, but not in an obvious way. I'm not interested neither in stylizations nor toying with the conventions. My intention is to create music that inherits modernist avant-garde idioms built on a repertoire of gestures performing analogous functions to the musical gestures of the Baroque era. My music has to be a baroque one, not an imitation of it. The basis of work is one of the most popular forms of Baroque - ciaccona. I hid the ciaccona melody not in the bass, but in high voice. Another very important part of my job is distortion, the melody is played by the piano on extreme harmonic positions. I wanted to build a structure a bit like Lego: to build a superstructure on substructure. – says Andrzej Kwieciński of his work.
The main prize at the 61st International Rostrum of Composers was won by Yannis Kyriakides, a composer from Cyprus, for his Words and Songs Without Words for cello, electronics and video layer. In this category, Polish Radio recommended Aleksander Nowak’s piece Chicks and robot for accordion, megaphone and orchestra.
The International Rostrum of Composers remains the most important contemporary music forum for the exchange of information by public broadcasters from all around the world. It was first organized in 1955 by the International Music Council affiliated to UNESCO. It presents an overview of the latest compositions presented by public radio broadcasting organizations. Every year, as a result of voting, 2 pieces and their authors are distinguished. Apart from the main prize, a prize for artists under 30 years of age is also given.
Among the Polish composers who gained top honours at the International Rostrum of Composers, we can find such artists as Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Hanna Kulenty, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Eugeniusz Knapik and others. In the entire history of the Rostrum more than 40 Polish songs have been recommended.
Sources: press materials, 09.05.2014, ed. fl, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 12.05.2014