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Published on Aug 20, 2009
Grażyna Bacewicz (5 Feb 1909 (Łódź) 17 Jan 1969 (Warsaw, Poland))
Polish composer and violinist. The second Polish composer (Female) with a national and international recognition, after Maria Szymanowska.
Awards: Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn (1932) - 1st Prize in the Concours de la Société "Aide aux femmes de professions libres", Paris, 1933. String Quartet No. 3 (1947) - Polish Ministry of Culture Award, 1955. String Quartet No. 4 (1951) - 1st Prize, Concours International pour Quatuor a Cordes, Liege, 1951. Concerto for String Orchestra (1948) - Polish State Prize, 1950. Symphony No. 4 (1953) - Polish Ministry of Culture Prize, 1955. Muzyka na smyczki, trąbki i perkusję (Music for Strings, Trumpets, and Percussion) (1958) - 3rd Prize, Tribune Internationale (UNESCO), Paris 1960. Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra (1948) - Polish Ministry of Culture Award, 1955. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1949) - 2nd prize, Chopin Composition Competition, Warsaw, 1949. Concerto No. 7 for Violin and Orchestra (1965) - Belgian Government Prize, Gold Medal - Concours Musical International Reine Elisabeth de Belgique, Brussels, 1965. Olympic Cantata (1948) for choir and orchestra - Mention, International Olympic Arts Competition, London, 1948; Polish State Prize, 1948. After the 17th-century comedy by Piotr Baryka. Acropolis, a cantata for choir and orchestra (1964) - commissioned for the 600th anniversary of Jagiellonian University. Przygoda Króla Artura (The Adventure of King Arthur), a radio opera (1959) - Polish Radio and Television Committee Award, Warsaw, 1960. ======================================== Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (1966)
1. Tempo mutabile. 2. Larghetto. 3. Vivace.
Premiere: 15 March 1968, Warsaw: Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jerzy Witkowski - pianos, National Philharmonic Orchestra (Warsaw): Witold Rowicki - cond.