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PWM Edition Presents '100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom'

Nov. 01, 2018

PWM Edition Presents '100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom'

November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Polish independence. In honor of this national celebration, PWM Edition presents ‘100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom’, a project which, besides its artistic dimension, will be of historical promotional and educational importance for Poland, allowing audiences around the world to become acquainted with a representative sample of music written by Polish composers over the last 100 years.

Featuring a selection of the 100 most important works of Polish music chosen by the PWM team, the works selected for publication and recording will include works by protagonists of inter-war modernism, such as Karol Szymanowski, modern-day classics, including Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Panufnik, representatives of the Polish Composition School, led by Tadeusz Baird, Krzysztof Penderecki and Kazimierz Serocki, composers with an exceptionally strong connection to the national-Catholic tradition, such as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar, the current generation of sexagenarians, including Eugeniusz Knapik, Aleksander Lasoń, Paweł Szymański and Tadeusz Wielecki, and younger composers achieving success on the international music scene: Paweł Łukaszewski, Paweł Mykietyn and Agata Zubel.

(Konzert für Orchester/Witold Lutosławski/Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Edward Gardner, conductor)

(Fireworks/Agata Zubel/European Youth Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda)

Highlights of the '100 for 100' project include a CD box set titled ‘100 for 100’, comprising 100 pieces on 36 CDs, plus 10 “Decade Booklets” containing composer profiles and information about the presented works; as well as a monograph by Danuta Gwizdalanka entitled “A Century of Polish Music”. Also, look for 100 film clips, one about each piece from the ‘100 for 100’ list – on YouTube PWM Edition channel, as well as books and scores, educational materials (books for the youngest children and detailed lesson plans), and finally, a website:, which will serve as a multimedia compendium of knowledge about Polish music over the last 100 years.

The project will be crowned by a series of concerts on November 11 (Poland's National Independence Day), which will include 11 concerts held in Poland and 11 concerts performed internationally from New York to Tokyo and in many cities in between. A complete listing of these events may be found here

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