Copernicus – Our Planet

for six mixed voices and a string orchestra
S., Ms. I, Ms. II, T., Bar., B., 6 Vn. I, 6 Vn. II, 4 Vl., 4 Vc., 2 Cb.
PWM Kraków

20 MAY 2020
18:00 / Concert Hall of the Lublin Philharmonic


proMODERN – vocal sextet of contemporary music
Marta CZARKOWSKA – soprano
Ewa PUCHALSKA – mezzo-soprano
Ewelina RZEZIŃSKA – mezzo-soprano
Aleksander REWIŃSKI – tenor
Krzysztof CHALIMONIUK – baritone
Peter PIERON – bass


Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
Marek Wroniszewski – conductor

CODES Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music, ARTE Foundation for Culture and Education, Institute of Music and Dance

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


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