Started by Maciek, April 18, 2007, 01:13:25 PM
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Quote from: MrOsa on April 18, 2007, 01:13:25 PMIt seems this will be the first woman composer with a thread of her own on the new forum. What's happening to you, Saariaho, Gubaidulina, Lili Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann fans? Here's a link to Bruce's thread on the old forum: Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)Also check out these (more or less related) fun threads: Female music, Female composers, Women Composers, Women can compose, Women can't compose, Women composers - no respect?.Grażyna Bacewicz was one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century in Poland. And guess what - she was another Nadia Boulanger student! She went through 2 phases: first she was a typical energetic neo-classicist (or rather neo-Baroque) composer, then she decided to explore tone colors more and entered a mildly sonoristic phase. For details go to the very good USC PMC page: Grażyna Bacewicz.Maciek
Quote from: Robert on April 18, 2007, 10:25:13 PMSo far you have started threads on Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Szymanowski, Panufnik, Obsucre Polish composers and now Bacewicz. My favorites of hers:Concerto for OrchestraViola ConcertoString qts (the fourth especially)Cello quartetSymphony 3Pensieri Notturni for chamber orchDivertimento for stringsPolish CapriceViolin Sonatas 2 and 4
Quote from: violinconcerto on April 19, 2007, 04:43:24 AMSuch a long list and no violin concerto? Grazyna would turn over in her grave if she knew that...
Quote from: Robert on April 19, 2007, 06:21:53 AMQuoteSuch a long list and no violin concerto? Grazyna would turn over in her grave if she knew that... sorry arbout that of course a favorite of mine.
QuoteSuch a long list and no violin concerto? Grazyna would turn over in her grave if she knew that...
Quote from: violinconcerto on April 19, 2007, 09:56:25 AM She wrote seven violin concertos, of which 6 still exist... so which one is your favourite of course??
Quote from: violinconcerto on April 19, 2007, 09:56:25 AMsorry arbout that of course a favorite of mine. She wrote seven violin concertos, of which 6 still exist... so which one is your favourite of course??
Quote from: MrOsa on April 19, 2007, 02:41:23 AMHi Robert!I don't know many of the pieces you mention - will have to seek them out. I only discovered the Polish Caprice about a week ago and it went straight to the top of my favorite pieces by Bacewicz list! Maciek
Quote from: MrOsa on April 19, 2007, 12:49:55 PMWow! Fascinating. Thanks for sharing the info.
Quote from: violinconcerto on April 19, 2007, 08:39:02 PMI have these recordings, and enjoyed most No.2:No.1: Krzysztof Bakowski, Polish RSO, Jacek RogalaNo.2: Robert Kabara, Polish RSO, Jacek RogalaNo.3: Grazyna Bacewicz, Polish RSO, Grzegorz FitelbergNo.4: Janusz Skramlik, Polish NSO Katowice, Jerzy SwobodaNo.5: Wanda Wilkomirska, Warsaw NPO, Witold RowickiNo.7: Roman Lasocki, Polish RSO, Karol Stryja
Quote from: Xantus' Murrelet on April 21, 2007, 11:56:15 AMGreat thread. I like Bacewicz a lot, the more modernist works as well as the totally neo-classical, but lately I've listened a lot to the catchy little folk-music inspired pieces like the Suite for Chamber Orchestra, some of the orchestral dances like the Krakowiak (1950) and Oberek for Violin and Orchestra (1949), and especially Folk Dances for 2 violins. It's fun stuff. She was a good symphonist too, based only Symphony No. 3 (anyone know nos. 1 or 2?). The Violin Concerti have their great moments but I don't think they are the high point of her work... my favorite might be No. 4 right now. No. 1 is the lightest and most tuneful I think. I haven't yet listened to No. 2 so maybe my view will change! Anyway my recordings of them are, for comparison to violinconcerto: No.1: Krzysztof Bakowski, Polish NRSO, Jacek RogalaNo.2: Robert Kabara, Polish National RSO, Jacek RogalaNo.3: Magdalena Rezler, Polish RO in Warsaw, Boguslaw MadeyNo.4: Grazyna Bacewicz, Warsaw PO, Bohdan WodiczkoNo.5: Wanda Wilkomirska, Warsaw PO, Witold RowickiNo.6: none.No.7: Piotr Janowski, National PO Warsaw, Andzrej Markowski
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