Tuesday, April 03, 2007

World Premieres Of Humanist Oratorios Which Escaped Earlier Note Here: Oratorio 1956 By Oscar-winning Polish Composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

"The Oratorio 1956, finished just recently by Oscar winning Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, was commissioned by the government of Poznań to commemorate the deadly demonstrations that took place there in June of 1956. This monumental work requires a 120 piece orchestra, a 200 piece choir and 3 soloists [two soprano 'belle canto' and one soprano 'folkloric']. The composition consists of four movements entitled: Poranny Polonez [Morning Polonaise], Trend dla Romka [Threnody for Romek], Poznań – Budapeszt , and Jednym Tchem [In One Breath].

Kaczmarek's inspiration came from historic texts, including memoirs of the participants and of the victims. The composer also included a tribute to similar events in Budapest in October 1956, which were a direct result of Polish protests, by including one of the National Hungarian Songs with words by Sandor Petrofi [Sándor Petőfi].

The work was premiered by the Poznań Philharmonic under Michał Nesterowicz, the men's and boy's choir “Poznańskie Słowiki”, the Poznań Boy's Choir and Adam Mickiewicz University Choir. The solo parts were performed by sopranos Elżbieta Towarnicka and Agnieszka Tomaszewska, with folkloric vocals by Sussan Deyhim. The concert took place on June 28, 2006 on the Adam Mickiewicz Square in Poznań."

Source: Polish Music Newsletter July 2006, Vol. 12, No. 7. Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California.

Zadamy chleba! [Give us bread!] Poznan, Poland, 1956

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons. With thanks.


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