Concert Commemorating the Polish Army Day - 100 Years of Polish Music
The concert will be held under 25th International Festival “Nova Music and Architecture” - Toruń, Kuyavian-Pomeranian 2021
Marsz, A medley of soldiers’ songs, Gdy mi ciebie zabraknie, Ja się boję sama spać, Sen o Warszawie, A medley of war film music, a medley of songs from late 1940s and early 1950s (from the period of rebuilding Warsaw), Sen o Warszawie, Powołanie, Mury, Szklana pogoda, Krakowski spleen, Biała Armia, Tomasz, karabele! (Pan Tadeusz film soundtrack), Wojna domowa.
“Piosenka jest dobra na wszystko…” (A song is good for everything) – argued the master duo created by Jeremi Przybora and Jerzy Wasowski. But there are special songs, ones which become a code in a difficult reality, a means of generational communication, like Krakowski Spleen (1983). Kora knew that one had to act to break out of the hopelessness of communist Poland. Others also knew; they noticed the gloom and found a brilliant way to express it, such as in the case of Lombard in the song Szklana pogoda (Glass Weather) (1983). Facing the hypocritical reality, Jacek Kaczmarski sang Mury (Walls) (1978) – a kind of ‘anthem’ of the Solidarity movement that was born in 1980. Bajm with their song Biała Armia (1990) encouraged the fight for one’s independence and freedom in the broader sense.
The song Powołanie (1971), sung by Maryla Rodowicz, and one of the best Polish soundtracks – Wojciech Kilar’s soundtrack for the film Pan Tadeusz (1999) – perfectly fit in with the celebrated anniversary. Tomasz, karabela (one of the Chamberlain’s favourite sayings) is a dark and mysterious piece with elements of the polonaise. Staying in the realm of film music, we will also hear immortal songs and melodies from the TV series Wojna domowa (1964) and from war films. Polish Army Day will be celebrated through performances of soldier songs, as well as songs from the late 1940s and early 1950s – from the period of the reconstruction of our capital city. Warsaw, the city that suffered, but rose from the ashes like a phoenix, became the heroine of many songs. These include Sen o Warszawie (Dream of Warsaw) (1966) by the duo Czesław Niemen – Marek Gaszyński.
But there will also be songs that are light and pleasant to the ear, masterpieces such as Ja się boję sama spać – a confession by Kalina Jędrusik with music by Jerzy Petersburski or Gdy mi ciebie zabraknie – a song sung by Ludmiła Jakubczak, recognised by the readers of ‘Expres Wieczorny’ in 1960 as the most popular Polish post-war song.
Aneta Derkowska, PhD
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