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Chants of Warsaw – for men’s choir and organ

Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: coro (2T2B) org
Composed in: 1980

This composition was commissioned by the Warsaw Men’s Choir Harp (Warszawski Chór Męski Towarzystwa Śpiewaczego “Harfa”) for the 75th anniversary of the choir.The form of the piece is sequential A-B-C-D-E-F-A’ and it is an apotheosis of love to its hero city, embodiment of human virtues and Read more

Chants of Warsaw – for men’s choir and symphony orchestra

Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: 3222 4331 batt coro (2T2B) archi
Composed in: 1980

This is the second version of cantata Chants of Warsaw originally composed for men’s choir and organ – Chants of Warsaw – for men’s choir and organ. This transcription of the composition was regarded by the composer as a better one because of the wider colour potential. The form of the piece is Read more

Ode To Youth (I)

Duration: 30'
Movements: Maestoso / Lento non troppo / Con fuoco / Moderato / Poco piu mosso / Poco meno mosso
Instrumentation: 2222 4331 batt archi (98765) SMSTBar coro (SATB)
Composed in: 1950

Cantata for four voices, choir and orchestra with lyrics from Ode To Youth (Oda do młodości)  by Romantic Polish national poet Adam Mickiewicz (1978-1855). It was a diploma work of the composer at the Department of Composition at PWSM in Łódź in June 1950. The composition is in classic modernism style and Read more

Ode To Youth (II)

Duration: 28'
Movements: Maestoso / Lento non troppo / Con fuoco / Moderato / Poco piu mosso / Poco meno mosso
Instrumentation: 2222 4331 batt archi (98765) SMSTBar coro (SATB)
Composed in: 1980

Cantata for four voices, choir and orchestra with lyrics from Ode To Youth (Oda do młodości) by Romantic Polish national poet Adam Mickiewicz (1978-1855). The piece was composed for the Mixed Choir Surma on its 60th anniversary. It is a modernised version of the diploma work of the composer which Read more

Of Chopin songs

Movements: Po klawiszach / Czy przypominasz / Jak mazurek zuchowaty / Och, walc ten znajomy / O, błogosławiona pieśni ukojenia / Na klawiszach
Instrumentation: coro (SATB)
Composed in: 1948

Cantata for 4 voice mixed choir with lyrics by Artur Oppman. The inspiration to compose the series of songs in different rhythms and musical ambience was taken from poems of Artur Oppman. The composition consists of six songs – Po klawiszach / Czy przypominasz / Jak mazurek zuchowaty / Read more

Orpheus in the Woods

Duration: 18'
Movements: Zamysł / Wahanie / Płacz / Wstyd / Zmaganie / Porażka
Instrumentation: coro
Composed in: 1977

Orpheus in the Woods is a cantata consisting of six songs with the lyrics by Polish poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1921-1944). The contents, dramaturgy and formal arrangement of this composition is determined by the original poem and its emotions, changes of atmosphere and bright and charming poetical form. Read more

Red Łódź

Rok: 1949

Red Łódź – original title Czerwona Łódź – is a small cantata for choir and orchestra composed at the request of Łódź Singers Society (Łódzki Związek Śpiewaczy). It is a simple texture elaboration on proletariat folk aimed at amateur choirs.

The name of the composition refers to the name of a street in Łódź where in the mid XIX century a dyeing factory of Lange, later Geyer, was situated. Discharge from the factory was red and was flowing freely along the pavements. Hence the name of the street – Red Street. Sewage system was put in place in 1937 but the name remained.

Words of the song were likely to be written during a thatcher strike in 1932.

Sea-froth Cut-out (II)

Duration: 10'
Movements: Majsterek / Przyszła koza do woza / Kołysanka / Wrzos / Strach
Instrumentation: coro (2SA) pft
Composed in: 1956

This is transcription of original cantata Sea-froth Cut-outs (I) for three voice children’s choir and brass quintet for a three voice children’s choir with piano. This version of the piece was composed to aid an education of choir singers and when there were difficulties in finding the professional brass Read more

Sea-froth Cut-out (III)

Duration: 10'
Movements: Majsterek / Przyszła koza do woza / Kołysanka / Wrzos / Strach
Instrumentation: coro (2SA) archi pft
Composed in: 1963

This is another version of the small cantata Sea-froth Cut-outs (I) for three voice children’s choir and brass quintet in transcription for a three voice children’s choir, string band and piano. This composition was written for school bands – the choir and the string band lead by Zbigniew Soja in PPSM No. 1 (State Music School No. 1) in Warsaw. The instrumental composition of the ensemble in this version was a result of the performing abilities of the school bands.

Sea-froth Cut-outs (I)

Duration: 11'
Movements: Majsterek / Przyszła koza do woza / Kołysanka / Wrzos / Strach
Instrumentation: fl ob cl(B) cor(F) fg coro (2SA)
Composed in: 1956

This composition is a small cantata for three voice children’s choir and brass quintet with lyrics by Włodzimierz Słobodnik. The inspiration to write this piece was a nice and cheerful poem received from its author Włodzimierz Słobodnik during holiday in Dom Pracy Twórczej ZAIKS in Ustka in 1956. Read more