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The Adam Mickiewicz Institute launches Map of Polish Composers, the first comprehensive online resource dedicated to 120 years of Polish classical music

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is proud to launch Map of Polish Composers, the first comprehensive, interactive online resource dedicated to Polish classical music in the 20th and 21st century, going live on 27 November 2018.

To celebrate the launch of Map of Polish Composers going live, an event – jointly hosted by the Polish Ambassador in London and the Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute at the Polish Embassy in London – will include a panel discussion about contemporary Polish music, a piano recital and a presentation of the interactive website.

Map of Polish Composers is one of the hundreds of projects produced by AMI to mark the centenary of Polish independence, as part of Niepodległa 2017-2021, a ground-breaking cultural programme of international exchanges celebrating the centenary of Poland regaining independence.

It is the fullest resource ever dedicated to Polish music, giving users instant access to full biographies, extracts from recordings, facts and trivia about each composers and their mutual artistic and biographical connections and influences. It also provides analyses of their composing techniques and styles, as well as a carefully charted map providing a rich global cultural context for every artist. Map of Polish Composers also facilitates access to other existing resources that will further enrich the user’s understanding of 20th century Polish musical landscape.

Created by Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Map of Polish Composers enables Polish classical music aficionados and enthusiasts alike to explore the wealth and range of Polish composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. An intuitive, bilingual tool (Polish and English), it includes over 200 Polish composers from the last 120 years, and aims to become an indispensable resource for performers, promoters and programmers of Polish music.

Zofia Zembrzuska, Polska Music Programme Manager, said:

The map is not another lexicon of names or concepts; it is a tool that, via a mechanism of associations between composers, permits the user to explore the riches of 20th- and 21st-century Polish music in an accessible manner. It also functions as a prism – holding the user’s attention for a moment, and then redirecting him or her to the more in-depth information about Polish music scattered around the Internet.

The project was supervised by Dr. Iwona Lindstedt, Lecturer at the Warsaw Institute of Musicology who specialized in Serialism in the Output of 20th-Century Polish Composers. She chose pieces of music that would best characterise each composer, analysed thousands of hours of music to compare and contrast the works of each composer featured on the resource. Her research interests include the history of 20th-century music (with particular emphasis on Polish music), musical aesthetics, and music theory. She has published books and papers on the works of Józef Koffler, Bogusław Schaeffer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski, Kazimierz Serocki, as well as articles on analytical methods for music.

Map of Polish Composers goes live on 27 November 2018, celebrated with an event at the Polish Embassy, including a panel discussion dedicated to contemporary Polish music: it will be chaired by James Jolly, Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief, with contributors John Allison, Editor of Opera magazine’s Editor and Tomasz Cyz, Editor of Ruch muzyczny’s, and radio host and well-known Polish musicologist, Aleksander Laskowski.

The panel discussion will be followed by a recital by pianist Aleksandra Świgut, who will perform works by Paderewski, Szymanowski, Maciejewski and Szymański. Świgut was awarded the Second Prize at the first International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. She also won one of the special prizes of the competition, the Prize of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

Map of Polish Composers is produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme and POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme celebrating the centenary of Poland regaining independence.

POLSKA 100 is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2021.

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