Tygodnik Ilustrowany New Music Festival

  • The Tygodnik Ilustrowany New Music Festival

    Festival Dates: August 4-6

    Location: Grand Theatre and National Opera in Warsaw
    (Teatr Wielki i Opera Narodowa w Warszawie)

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    The Tygodnik Ilustowany magazine would like to invite all classical music and new art music participants to the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. This is a showcase of formerly Polish classical music, but this year, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music have decided to expand the event to include the entire region.

    Not only is this a showcase, but the soloist portion is a competition, with the winner receiving a recording contract with Polski Gramofon to record their winning repertoire.

    A prize of 10,000 zloty will be given to composers who wish to debut new works at the festival, as well as a recording contract with Polski Gramofon.

    Here are the guildlines:

    1. Acts can only be soloists, chamber ensembles, or large ensembles.
    2. Acts may only perform what is accepted to be art music (i.e. baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, post-romantic, minimalist, atonal, etc.). Ethnic forms of music are also deemed acceptable as long as they are rooted in a tradition of art music in the host nation.
    3. Each performer must provide a program (OOC: links) of works to be performed.
    4. Soloists may be accompanied by an orchestra in a concerto/concertino fashion.
    5. Each act must provide composers for each work.
    6. Total performing time must not exceed two hours for each performer.
    7. No amplification, sets, stage design, dancing are allowed in acts.



    [b]Act Name[/b]:
    [b]What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?[/b]:
    [b]Are any of these works new?[/b]:

  • Act Name: The St. Phillips Symphony Orchestra
    What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?: Orchestra
    Nationality: Halsbergian

    "The Can-Can" from Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach
    Symphony No. 5 by Ludiwg van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert

    Are any of these works new?: No.

  • Act Name: Saint Regina Royal Symphony Ochestra
    What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?: Ochestraio
    Nationality: Icholasen
    Symphony Number 9 by Beethoven
    Canon in D Major by Bach
    Prince of Denmark's March by Jeremiah Clark
    Are any of these works new?: No

  • Act Name: Imperial Chamber Ensemble
    What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?: Chamber Orchestra
    Nationality: Inimician

    Opus 52 "Ave Maria" by Schubert
    "Gabriel's Oboe", by Enrico Morricone
    Adagio for strings by Samuel Barber
    Inimician Anthem by Johann Gotfriet Piefke

    Are any of these works new?: No

  • Act Name: Valentina Igoshina
    What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?: Piano
    Nationality: Polish

    Adagio from the Sonata No.5 for Violin and Harpsichord - J. S. Bach (arr. piano by Siloti)
    Nocturne No. 13, Op. 48, No. 1 - Frederic Chopin
    Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5 - Johannes Brahms
    Suite Espagnole "Andalucia" - Ernesto Lecuona

    Are any of these works new?: No

    Act Name: The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
    What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?: Orchestra
    Nationality: Polish

    Adagio and Fugue for Strings, K. 546 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 7 in A Major - Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Bugler's Dream - Leo Arnauld

    Are any of these works new?: No

    Act Name: The Choir of St. Mark's Warsaw
    What kind of solo instrument/voice/chamber group/ensemble?: Choir
    Nationality: Polish

    Sure on this Shining Night - Morten Lauridsen
    All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37 - Sergei Rachmaninov
    Lux Aeterna (arr. of IX. Nimrod from the Enigma Variations) - Sir Edward Elgar
    The National Anthem of Poland-Lithuania, "Gaude, Mater Polonia" - 13th Century Medieval Hymn

    Are any of these works new?: No

  • Order of Performance

    5 August 2014

    Imperial Chamber Orchestra (INI)

    • Ellens Gesang III "Ave Maria", Op. 52, D. 839
      Composer: Franz Schubert (HALS)

    • "Gabriel's Oboe" from the film The Mission
      Composer: Enrico Morricone (INQ)

    • Adagio for Strings, arr. from String Quartet, Op. 11 - 2nd Movement
      Composer: Samuel Barber (DUX)

    • The National Anthem of the Empire of Inimicus
      Composer: Johann Gottfried Piefke (PRU)

    Valentina Igoshina (POL)

    • Adagio from the Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Continuo (arr. for piano by Siloti)
      Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (PRU) and Alexander Siloti (POL)

    • Nocturne No. 13, Op. 48, No. 1
      Composer: Frederic Chopin (POL)

    • Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
      Composer: Johannes Brahms (PRU)

    -Suite Espagnole "Andalucia"
    Composer: Ernesto Lecuona (GTA)

    The St. Phillips Symphony Orchestra (HALS)

    -"Can-Can" from Orpheus in the Underworld
    Composer: Jacques Offenbach (MIR)

    • Symphony No. 5, Op. 67
      Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (PRU)

    • Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished", D. 759
      Composer: Franz Schubert (HALS)

    • Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582 (arr. for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski [DUX])
      Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (PRU)

    The St. Dominico Baroque Orchestra (INQ)

    • Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op. 8
      Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (INQ)

    • Chaconne in G Minor
      Composer: Henry Purcell (ICHO)

    • Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349
      Composer: George Frederick Handel (ICHO)

    -Vivaldi's Four Seasons Recomposed
    Composer: Max Richter (GDR) and Antonio Vivaldi (INQ)

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    Live on TVP 1

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 89th Tygodnik Ilustrowany New Music Fesival. Excuse me as I speak in English, as this is the first with international guests. I am your host, Renata Kligenberg.

    Today we have fantastic performances of well known classics and a new work.

    First, we have the Imperial Chamber Orchestra travelling all the way from Inimicus. They will be performing a programme of mostly Romantic-inspired pieces of music. First, Ellen's Gesang III "Ave Maria". An interesting note about the composition is that it was not initially meant to be set with the text of the Latin Catholic Ave Maria, but instead was simply an exclamation by a woman named Ellen. This is part of a collection of works telling the story of Ellen and a suitor that was Schubert's Op. 8.

    The orchestra is tuning, and here is the work: Ellen's Gesang III "Ave Maria"

    Next we will have the delightful Inquistan composer Ennio Morricone and his centrepiece of his film score collection: "Gabriel's Oboe" from the hit movie The Mission.

    Here it is: Gabriel's Oboe

    Next is the highly emotive work from the Duxburian composer Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings. This work came from the String Quartet, Op. 11 and has become an international song of mourning. Some say that the composer wrote this gem in the middle of the quartet to express his frustration at being homosexual.

    Enjoy this sombre performance of Adagio for Strings

    Finally, they have asked that the audience be upstanding for the national anthem of Inimicus: Inimican National Anthem

  • Fabulous!

    Next we have Valentina Igoshina, a Polish pianist from Belarus who is making a splash as a specialist in Romantic era music, particularly Chopin, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

    First, we have her playing the Adagio from the Sonata No. 5 in F Minor for Violin and Continuo. It is a work that is arranged for solo piano by Polish composer Alexander Siloti, and captures a more romantic style despite its baroque roots.

    Valentina has arrived at the piano now, and here is her Adagio by the Prussian composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Next, she will be paying tribute to her home nation with its greatest and most well-known composer, Frederic Chopin. She will be performing one of his most poetic works for the piano, the Nocturne No. 13, Op. 48, No. 1 in C Minor. Some have called this nocturne a commentary on death, much like the B-flat minor sonata. Others have described it as heroic, full of pathos. You can decide.

    Frederic Chopin's Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1

    Continuing our journey through drama at the piano, Ms. Igoshina will now perform Johannes Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5. Despite the early opus marking, he had already composed three sonatas by then, and this was perhaps his most innovative.

    Ladies and gentlemen, Johannes Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

    Closing Ms. Igoshina's program, we have the delightful and Confederate flavoured Suite Espagnole by Ernesto Lecuona. The last piece in the suite, the Malaguena, is perhaps the most famous, used in many different advertisements, figure skating programs, and the like. The virtuosity needed for this suite is not much at first, but grows more difficult, and presents a stamina challenge for the pianist.

    The closing piece on this portion of the program: Suite Espagnole "Andalucia", composed by Ernesto Lecuona

  • Perfect. The stage is being set for the next orchestra, one of the finest in Europe: The St. Phillips Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra has the distinction of being one of the oldest continual orchestras in the world, formerly a philharmonic orchestra, it gave the d?but of some of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert's symphonies, and have some of the world's finest woodwind and brass instrumentalists in the world.

    Their first piece is the Orpheus-Quadrille Op. 236 by Miracan composer Jacques Offenbach. This French-Prussian composer is most well-known by this work. You'll recognize its most famous portion when you hear it.

    I won't spoil the surprise. Here is the Orpheus-Quadrille, Op. 236 by Jacques Offenbach

    Another one of the absolute go-to pieces in the orchestral repertoire is being represented by the world famous Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    Here's Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Op. 67

    Continuing their trend of Germanic late Classical, early Romantic composers, Franz Schubert continues being in vogue on this day with his Unfinished Symphony No. 8, D. 759. The debate about it being truly unfinished is still going on, with many completions using the music from the opera Rosamunde completing the movements. However, it may have been intentionally left with only two movements. And what a piece it is for being "unfinished".

    This classic is Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8, D. 759 "Unfinished"

    The end of their program doesn't get any easier, either. Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor BWV 582 was originally an organ piece for the kapellmeister himself. However, Inquistan composer Ottorino Respighi chose to orchestrate this piece, and its dramatic nature is seemingly enhanced by the orchestra.

    A powerful orchestra giving a powerhouse performance. Here is the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582

  • Rounding out our first day, we have the St. Dominico Baroque Orchestra. This fine ensemble specializes in historically informed performances and period instrument performance, so you will notice that the intonation of the orchestra is much different, and those of you with perfect pitch will notice that an entire half step lower may be the difference between our modern 440 A tuning system and the lower tuning system for these instruments. I have been told that today, however, they will be using regular instruments in a historically accurate way.

    First is another set of classics that need no introduction.

    This is Antonio Vivaldi's Le Quattro Stagioni, Op. 8

    The next piece from the Inquistan ensemble is more baroque music, this time coming from Icholasen and Henry Purcell. This is one of the pieces thought to have been lost, but has since been rediscovered.

    Henry Purcell's Chaconne in G Minor

    Icholasen-Prussian George Frederick Handel is up next, with his Water Music suite. This was written for the Icholasen monarchs in the late 18th Century as music for entertainment for the royal family at their waterside location.

    This gives the piece its name, the Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349

    To close our day, we have something NEW at the festival. German composer Max Richter reduced Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons by 75% to make a work of daring originality despite looping previous material. This is simply titled Vivaldi Recomposed:



    Thank you for this day one of the New Music Festival! Stay tuned tomorrow when things take a more Polish turn, with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Choir of St. Mark's Warsaw as well as the St. Regina Symphony Orchestra.

  • August 6, 2014

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    Good evening for our last in the Tygodnik Ilustrowany New Music Festival. Renata Kligenberg is not here, I am Elizabeta Rogowska

    Tonight will be a Polish night here in Warsaw's Grand Theatre and National Opera. First we will have the delightful St. Regina Royal Symphony Orchestra, followed by The Choir of St. Mark's Warsaw and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

    The exquisite music will begin soon!

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