Professor Krzysztof Baculewski, PhD Hab.

A com­pos­er born in 1950 in War­saw, com­plet­ed uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies in 1974 under Pro­fes­sor Witold Rudz­ińs­ki at the State High­er School of Music in War­saw (now the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music). In 1975–76 he stud­ied com­po­si­tion under Olivi­er Mes­si­aen at the con­ser­va­to­ry in Paris, and elec­troa­coustics music at Gro­upe de Recher­ches Musi­ca­les (the so-called Pierre Scha­ef­fer train­ing). In 1982 he obtained his doc­tor­al degree in human­i­ties at the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw. In the same year he start­ed teach­ing at the FCUM, first as Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor.  In 1990 he com­plet­ed the pro­ce­dures to obtain the 2nd degree qual­i­fi­ca­tions at the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow, and in 1998 he was giv­en the post of Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at his par­ent uni­ver­si­ty. In 2001 he obtained the title of Pro­fes­sor.

He was a guest lec­tur­er in many coun­tries (Bul­gar­ia, Ger­many, Aus­tria, France), also at music uni­ver­si­ties; in 2002 he was a guest pro­fes­sor at the Johannes Guten­berg Uni­ver­si­ty in Mainz. As an author of dif­fer­ent arti­cles, essays, and as a crit­ic (etc.), he has coop­er­at­ed since 1972 with “Ruch Muzy­czny” [Music Move­ment], he has also writ­ten for “Stu­dio” and “Klasy­ka” [Clas­sics]. He is an author of a num­ber of arti­cles to “Encyk­lo­pe­dia Muzy­cz­na PWM” [Music Ency­clopae­dia, pub­lish­er: Pol­ish Music Pub­lish­ers], edit­ed the music of the 20th cen­tu­ry sec­tion in “Encyk­lo­pe­dia Muzy­ki PWN” [Ency­clopae­dia of Music, pub­lish­er: Pol­ish Sci­en­tif­ic Pub­lish­ers] (1996). He has pub­lished three books about the Pol­ish music of the 20th cen­tu­ry (one of them also in Eng­lish). In the peri­od of 2003–2013 he was Pres­i­dent of the “Con­cert spir­i­tu­al” foun­da­tion. In 2007 he was award­ed with the sil­ver medal For Mer­its to Cul­ture “Glo­ria Artis”.

In 1976 he debuted as a com­pos­er at The War­saw Autumn Fes­ti­val; ten years lat­er he became a mem­ber of the Reper­toire Com­mit­tee of this fes­ti­val. In 1986 the Wrocław Opera staged his musi­cal dra­ma The New Lib­er­a­tion (1974). Since 1992 Krzysztof Bac­ulews­ki has been coop­er­at­ing with the Singers’ ensem­ble “Cam­er­a­ta Sile­sia” (under the super­vi­sion of Anna Szostak) for which he wrote a few pieces and a cycle of arrange­ments of car­ols released on two CDs. Since 1994 he has also coop­er­at­ed with The Baroque Instru­ments Ensem­ble “Il Tem­po” (under the super­vi­sion of Aga­ta Sapiecha), for which he also writes com­po­si­tions. With “Cam­er­a­ta” he has also per­formed the bas­so con­tin­uo part (in baroque reper­toire). His pieces have been per­formed at the major­i­ty of the most impor­tant Pol­ish con­tem­po­rary music fes­ti­vals (e.g. The War­saw Autumn Fes­ti­val, War­saw Music Meet­ings, Poz­nań Music Spring, Musi­ca Poloni­ca Nova in Wrocław), and in such coun­tries as Czech Repub­lic, Slo­va­kia, Hun­gary, Ger­many, France, Fin­land, Great Britain, USA, Japan, Mex­i­co and South Amer­i­can coun­tries. They have been per­formed by such artists as: singers — Piotr Kusie­wicz, Anna Radzie­jew­ska, Jad­wiga Rap­pé; pia­nists — Sza­bolcs Esz­tényi, Józef Stom­pel and Julia Samo­jło; vio­lin­ists — Roman Lasoc­ki, Sła­wo­mir Toma­sik, Aga­ta Sapie­cha, Simon Stan­dage; flautist Marie­lena Arizpe, BBC Sin­gers and “Came­rata Sile­sia”; con­duc­tors —  Simon Joly, Takao Uki­gaya and Szy­mon Bywa­lec. His music has been released on two mono­graph­ic CDs by DUX, it has also appeared on ten oth­er albums.

Krzysz­tof Bacu­lew­ski is also an author of the recon­struc­tion of Piano Con­cer­to in A-flat Major op. 2 by Igna­cy Feliks Dobrzyń­ski (1824), sym­phon­ic frag­ments of Adolf Gustaw Son­nen­feld’s bal­let Mr Twar­dow­ski (1860) and the orches­tra­tion of the opera Bea­ta (1872) by Sta­ni­sław Moniuszko (the man­u­script burned togeth­er with the archive of the Nation­al Library in Sep­tem­ber of 1939).

Major com­po­si­tions:

Sonata for per­cus­sion (1971), Epi­ta­ph for orches­tra (1972), Mean­der for solo flute (1973), The New Lib­er­a­tion, opera based on the dra­ma by Sta­ni­sław Igna­cy Wit­kie­wi­cz (1974), Vivace e Can­ti­lena for flute, piano and string quin­tet (1974), Gro­und for orches­tra (1981), Quar­tier Latin for tape (1981), Spring Sonata for solo flute (1982), Con­cer­to for orches­tra (1983/2009), A Wal­king Sha­dow for orches­tra (1990), The Whole & Bro­ken Con­sort for res­o­nance instru­ment (1986), Anti­the­ton I for piano trio (1989), Voy­age à tra­vers le pay­sage méta­phy­si­que for tape (1992), The Pro­fane Anthem To Anne (to lyrics by John Donne) for soloists, choir and baroque orches­tra with con­ti­nuo (1992), Rilke-Lieder for solo sopra­no, solo bari­tone and two mixed a cap­pel­la choirs (1994), 33 Car­ols for mixed choir (1994), Anti­the­ton II for two vio­lins con­ti­nuo (1996), Ozwodne and Krze­sane for mixed choir, (2000), Les Adieux, can­ta­ta for solo alto and string orches­tra with harp (2001/2008), 12 Piano Etutes (2006), Organ Con­cer­to (2012), Piano Quin­tet (2012), Anti­the­ton III for vio­lin, cel­lo and harp­si­chord (2013), as well as music for film and the­atre.


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