70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir Filharmonia Narodowa

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70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Bartosz Michałowski, photo: Grzesiek Mart

90th anniversary of the birth of Krzysztof Penderecki
90th anniversary of the birth of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
110th anniversary of the birth of Witold Lutosławski
10th anniversary of the death of Wojciech Kilar
550th anniversary of the birth and 480th anniversary of the death of Copernicus

 

The programme of this special concert to mark the seventieth anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir presents the history of the last seven decades in Polish choral music – a history that of course remains open.

The oldest of the works was written at the beginning of the 1950s, while the newest was commissioned for this occasion from Mikołaj Piotr Górecki. That will be a composition to the words of St Francis of Assisi’s ‘Canticle of the Sun’, the oldest Italian poem with attributed authorship, in praise of God, who is manifest in the celestial bodies, the elements and death.

The programme of this concert also refers to numerous anniversaries linked to leading composers of Polish music of the last few decades: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar. Choral music held a special place in the output of each of them. These composers readily referred to Polish traditional music and religious themes.

The concert will also include references to the 550th anniversary of the birth and 480th anniversary of the death of Copernicus. That will afford us an opportunity to recall Andrzej Koszewski’s cantata for three choirs – a musical emanation of the universe described by the great astronomer.

Bartłomiej Gembicki