Professor FCUM Maria Pokrzywińska, DMus Hab.

Com­pos­er, the­o­reti­cian of music, ped­a­gogue.

In the peri­od of 1975–84 she stud­ied The­o­ry of Music (1975–80) and Com­po­si­tion in class of Mar­i­an Borkows­ki (1979–84), both at the FCAM in War­saw, obtain­ing diplo­mas with hon­ours. Since 1987 she has been active as a ped­a­gogue at the Warsaw’s FCAM (now the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music), where she is per­ma­nent­ly con­nect­ed with Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, Con­duct­ing and The­o­ry of Music. At first she was employed as Assis­tant, then as Senior Assis­tant (since 1989), and in 1995 she obtained qual­i­fi­ca­tions of the 1st degree in com­po­si­tion. Since 1996 she has worked as an adi­unkt (Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor) at the Chair of Com­po­si­tion, where she teach­es Har­mo­ny, Har­mo­ny with Exer­cis­es, Propaedeu­tics of con­duct­ing and Orches­tra­tion. In the peri­od of 1996–2000 she held the func­tion of the Super­vi­sor of the Aca­d­e­m­ic, Con­duct­ing and The­o­ry of Music Cir­cle of Stu­dents of the Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, ini­ti­at­ing and com­plet­ing numer­ous valu­able under­tak­ings, such as: organ­is­ing Days of Depart­ment 1, organ­is­ing open lec­tures, trips of stu­dents of Depart­ment 1 to study ses­sions and sem­i­nars. Since 1992 she has edit­ed writ­ten tasks for entrance exams in Har­mo­ny (Depart­ment 1, Sec­tion of Com­po­si­tion), she also gives lec­tures in Har­mo­ny dur­ing prepa­ra­tion cours­es to the FCUM. In the peri­od of 1995–1998 she had a func­tion of Con­sul­tant at the Depart­ment of Artis­tic Edu­ca­tion, Min­istry of Cul­ture and Art. As part of her teach­ing activ­i­ty she coop­er­at­ed with the Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki Unniver­si­ty, run­ning lec­tures and class­es in Har­mo­ny at the Musi­col­o­gy spe­cial­ty (2000–2002).

She is a win­ner of the 2nd Prize (the 1st Prize was not award­ed) at the 28th All-Poland Com­pe­ti­tion for Young Com­posers for the piece Rolling for wind quin­tet and 4 string quar­tets (War­saw, 25th May 1986, organ­is­er of the com­pe­ti­tion – The Main Board of the Pol­ish Com­posers’ Union). In 2001 the CD the 21st Cen­tury Pol­ish Cho­ral Music (Acte Préa­la­ble 0100) with her work Can­tate Domi­no was nom­i­nat­ed to the “Fry­deryk 2001”, Phono­graph­ic Indus­try Award.

She was also award­ed in two oth­er areas of her activ­i­ty: the 3rd Prize at the 4th All-Poland Com­pe­ti­tion of Master’s The­ses (Gdańsk 1984) for her the­sis Dyso­nan­so­wość struk­tur IV rzę­du a roz­kład ele­men­tów ako­r­du, and the FCAM Rector’s Award (of the 2nd degree) for spe­cial ped­a­gog­i­cal achieve­ments (1996).

Her com­po­si­tions have been per­formed in Poland and abroad, on such fes­ti­vals and events as: War­saw Autumn, War­saw Music Meet­ings, Świę­ta Lip­ka Music Evenings, the All-Poland Clar­inet Fes­ti­val in Piotrków Try­bunal­s­ki, Zamość Music Days, “The Young Pol­ish Music” in Szczecin, the Inter­na­tion­al Forum of New Music, Lab­o­ra­to­ry of Con­tem­po­rary Cham­ber Music, Lab­o­ra­to­ry of Con­tem­po­rary Music, the 2nd Witold Lutosławs­ki Forum, Inter­na­tion­al Organ Fes­ti­val in Kosza­lin, “Organ Con­ver­sato­ri­um” in Leg­ni­ca, Fes­ti­val “Gaude Mater” in Częs­to­chowa, War­saw Choirs’ Meet­ings “Can­tate Domi­no” in War­saw, “Cecyli­a­da” in Police, the FCUM’s Chair of Com­po­si­tion con­certs, Com­posers’ Sym­po­siums at the FCUM; as well as abroad, e.g.: in Great Britain (Fes­ti­val “Pol­ish Reali­ties” in Glas­gow), Italy (the 30th “Pueri Can­to­res” Con­gress in Rome), Ger­many, Hun­gary, Fin­land, the USA, Argenti­na, Chile and Uruguay.

Her aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ments are numer­ous speech­es and lec­tures devot­ed to con­tem­po­rary music and com­po­si­tion tech­nique issues. The area of her spe­cial inter­est is har­mo­ny. She is an author of a text­book for prac­ti­cal har­mo­ny: Pro­gre­sje. Zbiór ćwiczeń har­mo­nicz­nych (Cen­tre of Artis­tic Edu­ca­tion [CEA], 2004). Also Her numer­ous lec­tures, speech­es, demon­stra­tions and open les sons pre­sent­ed at study ses­sion, sem­i­nars and cours­es at the Cen­tre of Artis­tic Edu­ca­tion were also devot­ed to har­mo­ny. The most impor­tant ones among them are: Har­mo­nika Oli­viera Mes­sia­ena (a CEA course for Har­mo­ny teach­ers, Olsz­tyn 1995), “Vingt Leçons d’Harmonie” Oli­viera Mes­sia­ena (the 36th Ses­sion “Musi­ca Mod­er­na”, Łódź 2000), Wybrane zagad­nie­nia z zakre­su nau­ki har­mo­nii w kon­tek­ście baro­ko­wych wzor­ców muzycz­nych (Łódź 2002), Zja­wi­sko pro­gre­sji w histo­rycz­nym roz­woju har­mo­niki (sem­i­nar for music teach­ers of the Łódź region, Łódź 2002), Poten­cjał har­mo­niczny pro­gre­sji cho­pi­now­skich (Łódź 2003), Aspekt prak­tyczny naucza­nia har­mo­nii (sem­i­nar for music teach­ers of the Łódź region, Kut­no 2004). Tech­nika sekwen­cyjna w histo­rycz­nym roz­woju har­mo­niki (the All-Poland Aca­d­e­m­ic and Method­olog­i­cal Har­mo­ny Con­fer­ence, Łódź 2007), Dzieło muzy­czne jako wzo­rzec do nau­ki har­mo­nii (War­saw 2006, Szcze­cin 2007, Bia­ły­stok 2008).

Cho­sen Com­po­si­tions (in Pol­ish)


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