The Festival of Polish Music was initiated by a Cracow-based publishing house Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM Edition) in 2005. It aims to present Polish Music from the Middle Ages to contemporary times against the background of foreign music.
The Festival of Polish Music was initiated by a Cracow-based publishing house Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM Edition) in 2005. For sixty years the PWM has been a publisher of music scores, books about music and compact discs as well as being an active champion and promoter of works by Polish composers in Poland and abroad. For a few years it has also initiated, co-organized and participated in major music events in Cracow.
Organized by the PWM in collaboration with the Mayor of Cracow, Polish Music Association and Polish Radio, the Festival of Polish Music aims to present Polish Music from the Middle Ages to contemporary times against the background of foreign music. The focus is on one composer or theme; diverse genres (from solo music to opera) and composers from various countries are considered. Valuable works of Polish composers – some of them forgotten – are confronted with foreign music and shown in many contexts. The organizers also seek to boost composing by commissioning and premiering works of music.
Held annually, the Festival always start on a Sunday preceding 11 November, Poland's Independence Day. So far it has had two editions: on 9-13 November 2005 and on 5-12 November 2006, and the programmes have included solo, chamber, choir, symphonic and ballet concerts. The plan is to include also opera and multimedia performances. The Festival is accompanied by a seminar titled Polish Music. Discoveries and Perspectives (part 1 in 2005, part 2 in 2006) and organized by the Cracow Music Academy, the music magazine "Ruch Muzyczny" and the PWM, as well as by exhibitions (on 20th century Polish music and Karol Szymanowski in 2005 and on Tadeusz Baird in 2006).
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