Zygmunt Krauze is known, first of all as a composer of "unistic" music, based on the theory of unistic art adopted from the painting of Wladyslaw Strzeminski (1893- 1952).

Unistic music lacks contrasts, tensions and climaxes in the traditional sense. Its from is as homogenous as possible. According to the composer in this music "everything that the listener discovers in the first few seconds will last to the end without any surprise."

The composer worked out this formula in such works from the 1960s and 1970s as Five Unistic Piano Pieces (1963), Polychromy (1968), Pieces for Orchestra No. 1 (1969) and No. 2 (1970), String Quartet No. 1 (1965) and No. 2 (1970).



Tableu Vivant, Sinfonia Varsovia, dyr. Jan Krenz


The form of a musical piece is for me of first and most essential interest. Two competing and contradictory tendencies in music, the tendency to homogeneous form and the tendency to form with contrasts, are phenomena of great importance.

In my music I require calm and organization. Its sound is intended to have sufficiently individual form so that it can be differentiated from the multitude of other music and other sounds. The performed piece extracts a definitely structured segment of time from the chaos of people's activities and from the chaos of sounds surrounding people.

These tendencies are fulfilled in my music through a structure devoid of contrasts, i. e. as homogenous as possible. All changes and movements necessary to maintain the continuation of the music are not contrasting; they do not bring in new elements.

Whatever the listener discovers in the first few seconds of the performance of the piece will last till the end. The beginning of the composition immediately exposes the whole scale of sounds so that nothing alien, nothing new will appear. There will be no surprises.

I prefer that the listener hear separate details and fragments of music rather than be attacked by sequences of attractions, changes and surprises. This music is unobtrusive. It does not attack the listener, who is placed in an active role; he listens only to those details or fragments of music which are congenial to him. He chooses the fragments himself because perception of the music is easy; he knows what he may encounter. He is also aware that if any fragment disappears it will certainly recur.

This form without contrasts, in its essence, has neither a beginning nor an end. The piece can be interrupted at any moment an this will not change its basic traits. It may also last an arbitrary length of time.

This music relates to the possibility of a new mode of reception. In an ideal situation, music would be continually played. The listener would come at a convenient time and leave whenever he considered it appropriate. This could occur in different kinds of halls with specially designed architecture.


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