Pawel Mykietyn (b. 1971)

Started by Maciek, June 09, 2008, 01:18:49 PM

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Paweł Mykietyn

Ah, what the heck! I've already said so many not-so-good things about the guy, I probably owe him a separate thread. ;D 0:)

And anyway, his music is accessible, highly enjoyable, well structured, generally "well written" - why shouldn't one like him? The bottom line is this: while there are some pieces by Mykietyn which I dislike (no particular reason to list them on his thread, I guess), there are also a few pieces I like very much. 3 of them in particular: 3 for 13, Eine kleine Herbstmusik and La Strada. Fun stuff, enjoyable. The first of these earned him the first prize at the 1995 UNESCO rostrum (young composers category). The title, I understand, means 3 movements for 13 performers. There are some striking similarities with Pawel Szymanski (pieces such as quasi una sinfonietta in particular, or maybe Sonata). I prefer Szymanski, but like the Mykietyn very much too. In my personal opinion, the pieces are quite indispensable listening, if you're interested in "polystylistic" composers (for lack of a better term).

Have never heard the 2nd SQ (commissioned by Kronos).


There's an Alina Maria Mleczko CD (Wiatr od morza) with 2 Mykietyn pieces: La Strada and Sonatina für Alina. OOP, AFAIK. It's a bit problematic, as far as I'm concerned. At least this recording is not what I meant when I said La Strada was one of my favorite Mykietyn pieces. What I meant was the original version, which is scored for CLARINET, cello, and PIANO, (preferably performed by members of the Nonstrom ensemble, with the composer playing the clarinet). The version on the CD is for SAXOPHONE :o, cello, and HARPSICHORD :o :o :o!!! Apart from the change in scoring, the saxophone on this recording sounds, to my ears, far too prominent, and generally, all of the instruments sound quite harsh. Interpretatively, I'm not convinced by this version either. Though I should mention that Rekść-Raubo is a member of Nonstrom.

(The highlights of that CD are, for me, Michal Kulenty's Polonaise and one of the pieces by Jacek Grudzień.)


Aw, come on! The guy won two UNESCO Rostrum's in a row (1995 & 1996)! Those people know much more about music than I do. And anyway, I really can't imagine anyone liking classical music (including "modern") and not enjoying 3 for 13 (the 1995 UNESCO prize!!!) or Eine kleine Herbstmusik! Both are simply very beautiful music. And intelligent!


Just so this thread has posters other than our distinguished Polish moderator  ;D, I did download some of the items above...and will listen and get back to you!



Quote from: bhodges on June 10, 2008, 01:08:12 PM
Just so this thread has posters other than our distinguished Polish moderator  ;D

Oh, no, Bruce, what have you done! This is my thread, mine! :'( :'( :'( :'( ;D


Quote from: Maciek on June 10, 2008, 01:16:42 PM
Oh, no, Bruce, what have you done! This is my thread, mine! :'( :'( :'( :'( ;D

>:D  Yes, just call me the Mykietyn Hawk, swooping down briefly just to collect downloads.  >:D



i am sorry for that possibly stupid question, but files you've uploaded are protected with some password. is somewhere there and i simply didn't spot it, or could you pass it to me?



Sorry, I haven't had time lately to reply to the various people asking about my mediafire downloads. The reason why I added the password protection (and later: completely deleted the files) is because I wanted to remove the links themselves, but searching those out seemed a bit too much of an effort. The rationale: I've change my mind and decided that I can't and won't give away what I don't in fact own.


Hi everyone!
Did you hear his 2nd Symphony?
I think this is nice piece of art.

I found this on the web.


(I never mentioned it in this thread (at least I don't think I have) but some time last year I heard my first "new" Mykietyn piece, his Sonata for solo cello, and - have been gushing ever since; the new idiom has sprung out of nowhere and seems to me to be a sort of individual voice that was perhaps a bit lacking in those earlier pieces, fun as they were)