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Composer Andrzej Kwieciński gets Helsinki broadcast honour

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Peter Gentle 12.05.2014 06:00
‘Canzon de’ baci’ by Polish composer Andrzej Kwieciński has been selected as the work most worthy for worldwide broadcasting in the ‘young composers’ category at the 61st International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki.

It was also included as the ‘recommended work’ in the general category. The piece was presented by Polish Radio 2 in a recording by Karol Kozłowski (tenor) and the AUKSA Chamber Orchestra under Marek Moś.

Thirty year-old Andrzej Kwiecinski, who is also a singer specializing in Baroque music, describes Canzon de’ baci is the turning point in his creative endeavours.

In a programme note to his work, he writes: ‘The piece is based on a ciaccona, one of the most popular forms in Baroque music. In view of the fact that distortion is a very important element of my creative work, the melody (a fragment of the bass from the duet Dolcissimi baci from Act III of Cavalli’s La Calisto) is played on the piano using harmonics in extreme positions. The ciaccona as a musical form dictates repetitiveness of the musical material. My idea was to use a single unending melody to build a structure, a bit like playing with building blocks, […]. My intention was to give the whole piece a playful character. ‘

The 2014 Rostrum gathered representatives from 27 national radio networks from four continents, which presented 50 works composed within the five years preceding the event.

Last year, ‘Not I’ by the Polish composer Agata Zubel was the ‘selected work’ in the ‘general category’ at the 60th International Rostrum of Composers in Prague. (mk)

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