Meakultura is pleased to offer the following preview of Dr. Cindy Bylander’s forthcoming book on Polish musical life in the twentieth-century. Dr. Bylander, an American musicologist and independent researcher, is also the translation editor of From Poland with Music: 100 Years of Polish Composers Abroad (1918-2010) and the author of numerous articles and presentations on Polish music.
The aim of this article is to interpret the musical aspect of Krzysztof Kieślowskiʼs famous movie The Double Life of Véronique. The director, whose works are filled with allusions to music and generally to art, always paid special attention to the sound of his films. The Double Life of Véronique, though not the last “fruit” of the cooperation between Kieślowski and Zbigniew Preisner, is the best illustration of this fact.
"I am lucky to be able to do what I like and what is best for my voice". Interview with Artur Ruciński
Artur Ruciński, world-famous baritone in interview with Joanna Stanecka talks about his personal musical taste, musicians life and his interest in Giuseppe Verdi’s oeuvre.
The twentieth century, taken in its entirety, was an unusually dynamic time for the world and for Poland, a country that did not exist at the beginning of that century and that, after it returned to the map, soon faced the struggles of World War II and Communism. Poland’s difficult history consists of millions of individual biographies.
Hence the idea of preparing something different than usual – issue, whose feature is common to all texts published in it, namely its language. That is why everyone will find something for themselves.
“The history of nations is made by titans of human genius. Ignacy Jan Paderewski – one of the best pianists ever, a composer, master teacher, publisher of Chopin’s works, public speaker, social activist, and politician – was undoubtedly one of them.”
An academic debut as a conductor can be an amazing opportunity for a music theoretician. For certain young musicians, even a real life-changer, especially when it is held in the National Conservatoire in Lyon, France. Also at venue named after Varèse, and under the supervision of Fabrice Pierre, French harpist and director who back in the days was appointed by Pierre Boulez himself as an assistant conductor of the famous Parisian Ensemble intercontemporain (founded by Boulez).
With the dawn of the 20th century, the United States underwent increased urbanization and industrialization. At that time the New World was recovering from the devastation caused by the Civil War (1861–1865). The experiences of the abolitionist movement and several waves of emigration changed the national consciousness of Americans who, according to Anna Piotrowska, no longer identified themselves with the image of a “White English gentleman”.
The twentieth century, taken in its entirety, was an unusually dynamic time for the world and for Poland, a country that did not exist at the beginning of that century and that, after it returned to the map, soon faced the struggles of World War II and Communism. Poland’s difficult history consists of millions of individual biographies. These biographies tell the story of struggles for personal liberties, creative freedom, money, career, education, and often for life itself.