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Concert Krakowiak

Concert Krakowiak

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Grazyna Bacewicz's piano works are not so well known as her violin worksand no wonder, as it was because of the latter that the composer came t o prominence in twentieth-century music. Can this be really justifiable?As usual, such opinions lead to simplifications which sometimes even be lie the facts. Grazyna Bacewicz was a performing violinist, but she was also an excellent pianist, so her interest in the piano was even more natural. This can be ''heard'' not only in her piano miniatures or her concertos for one or two pianos, but also in the piano parts of both her quintets and the sonatas for violin and piano. Out of this interest grew an impressive collection of interesting works, such as the popular Children's Suite, the Concert Studies (which gained her a prize), or the Second Sonata, most frequently performed and recently recorded by Krystian Zimerman. The Concert Krakowiak, which won a prize at the 2nd F. Chopin Composition Competition, organised by the Polish Composers' Union to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the composer's death, is also one of them. This piece, dedicated to Stanislaw Szpinalski, Paderewski's pupil and a well-known performer of his Fantastic Krakowiak, involuntarily brings to mind the work of the great master, but it has little in common withit; the compositions belong to two different epochs. In Bacewicz's outp ut the piano has a specific sharpness of the tone emphasised by the use of extreme registers. Harmonies have a characteristic roughness and pungency, arising from various combinations of intervals of seconds, fourthsand fifths. The lively musical narrative, both light and mercurial, is evolved, in this case, from motifs of popular krakowiak melodies, which the composer subjects to all kinds of motivic, harmonic and rhythmic transformations - sometimes deceptive or even grotesque (the change of major/minor modes), as if poking fun at the listener. Bacewicz's Krakowiak strikes one with the freshness of its original creative invention, full of ideas and with its effective, ''concert'' bravura in the full sense ofthe word. [Elzbieta Widlak]

Additional Information

SKU (Musipos ID) PWM10141
Manufacturer PWM Edition
Model Number PWM10141
Medium Softcover
Publisher PWM Edition
Composer Grazyna Bacewicz
Instrument Piano
Pages 20(07)


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