Copernicus – Our Planet during Inauguration of the 2020/2021 Sinfonia Iuventus Artistic Season

Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw

5 September 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw

Repetition of the preview performance of Zygmunt Krauze’s piece Copernicus – Our Planet!

Igor Stravinsky – Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 35
Zygmunt Krauze – Copernicus – Our Planet (Commissioned by ARTE Fundacja Kultury i Edukacji for CODES Festival)

Paweł Kowalski | piano (Mozart)
Piotr Sałajczyk | piano (Shostakovich)
Sebastian Portka | trumpet (Shostakovich)

proMODERN – vocal sextet
Marta Czarkowska | soprano
Ewa Puchalska | mezzo-soprano
Ewelina Rzezińska | mezzo-soprano
Aleksander Rewiński | tenor
Krzysztof Chalimoniuk | baritone
Piotr Pieron | bass

Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
Marek Wroniszewski | conductor


About the composition:

Copernicus – Our Planet contains the message “a clean planet for all”. The text in the composition is as important as the musical layer. The words that make up the first two parts of the composition come from a letter written by Nicolaus Copernicus to Pope Paul III. In this letter, the brilliant astronomer and mathematician asks the hierarch to understand and accept his discovery about our planet and solar system. The scientist has one goal – to understand where we live. In the next three segments of the composition we hear words, single words, torn from the texts of the Paris Climate Summit agreement. These texts have a twin aim – to understand where we live and how we should continue to live in the future.

By composing Copernicus – Our Planet I wanted to express my personal attitude towards today, towards the time in which we live. I also express my disapproval of mindless actions that destroy our planet without caring about its future and the future of mankind. The musical layer of the composition serves to emotionally convey the lyrics.

For some time now, most of my compositions contain some idea, some message. It is a romantic attitude, sometimes idealistic, initiated by Ludwig van Beethoven. In the piece “Exodus 2016” I expressed my opposition to the inhumane treatment of immigrants from Africa. In the work “Tableau Vivant” (1982), I expressed my starch, pain and rage at the declaration of martial law in Poland. In the composition ” Poem of Apollinaire” I showed that the artist must be completely free in his actions. There are more examples…

Zygmunt Krauze


Media patronage: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, TVP Kultura, Presto, Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej

Concert will be broadcasted online

Organiser: Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra


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