OF THE ACCORDION IN POLAND
now, there has only been very brief article about the accordion
history of Poland. Prof. Lech Puchnowski has been asked to provide
a fuller history of Poland's extensive accordion activities
and in the meantime, he has also forwarded a report about recent
accordion activities in Poland which we have added to this page.
We think this report will help readers realise the extent and
depth of accordion activities in Poland.
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Report (1.10.1998 to 1.10.1999) of the Chair of Accordion
at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music
AM = Academy of Music; AMFC = Fr.Chopin Academy of Music in
Warszawa; WSP = Higher School of Pedagogy; ZN = Scientific Academic
Editions; MA = Master of Arts degree.
Head: Prof. L. Puchnowski,
Bogdan Dowlasz- AM Lódz, Jerzy Jurek - AMFC, Jerzy Kaszuba -AM
Associate Prof. - Jerzy Madrawski
- WSP Kielce, Jerzy Lukasiewicz - AMFC, Krzysztof Olczak - AM
Assistant Professors: Klaudiusz
Baran - AMFC, Zbigniew Ignaczewski - AM Lódz, Pawel Paluch -
AM Kraków, Janusz Pater - AM Kraków, Elzbieta Rosinska - AM
Gdansk, Jerzy Siemak - AM Szczecin
Assistants: Piotr Dziubek - AM
Wroclaw, Elwira Sliwkiewicz - UMCS Lublin
Instructor: Zbigniew Luc - AM Wroclaw,
Technician: Czeslaw Rybicki (AMFC,
head of the repair unit).
The activity of the chair covers 75% of the territory of Poland.
The members of the chair are also members of the Executive Commitee
of The Polish Accordionists Association.
In the academic year 1998/1999, there were 14 MA degrees in
accordion as main subiect of studies presented - 8 with excellent
marking and 6 with good marking. In order to pass the MA examinations
after 5 years - 10 semesters of studies,one has to present :
two full recitals and written MA thesis.
One of the graduates was Lidia Kaminska. She performed with
the Symphony Orchestra as part of her MA examinations, Concerto
for Accordion, by Bogdan Dowlasz. As a student of Prof.J.Sommers
at the Kansas University, (USA) she will be studying for dr's
Number of accordion students at the eight Academies of Music.
There are 80 accordion students, all studying for MA degree
in accordion. All play button concert accordion with free bass
converter, B-system in both hands.
The students took part in the following national and international
VII All Polish Accordion Festival
in Przemysl (12-13.12.1998), there are four solo category -
to 12, to 15, to 18. The 5th category is without age limit and
the 6th category is for chamber music - accordion ensembles,
accordion with other instruments. More than 150 competitors
took part in this festival.
Vth All Polish Accordion Festival in Mlawa (20-21.01.1999),
there are four solo categories - to 12, to 15, to 18. The 5th
category is for professional players and the 6th category is
for chamber music - accordion ensembles, accordion with other
instruments. The aim of this festival is to select the candidates
for the international competitions in Klingenthal and Castelfidardo.
More than 100 competitiors were competing to be the Polish representatives
to both these international events. The candidates selected
for Castelfidardo 99' took part in special accordion seminar
in July (1- 14.1999), where they had oportunity to master their
programs tutored by academy professors.
All Polish Accordion Competition
in Chelm (20-23.05.1999), for young talented accrdionists, age
limit 15 - 18 years. The aim of this competition is to select
candidates for professional education at the academies of music
(MA degree). Of the 36 candidates who appeared, 100% of them
played button accordion B system in both hands with converter.
We also had some regional accordion competitions (auditions)
mostly for younger students of music schools of the first and
second grades: Wroclaw Accordion Presentations (22.11.1998 for
the western part of Poland), Kashubs' Accordion Meetings (28.04.1999
for the northern part of Poland), Accordion Presentations in
Gorlice (19-20.04.1999 for the southern part of Poland).
Castelfidardo (7-12.10.1998): Polish
competitors selected at the IVth All Polish Accordion Festival
in Mlawa (20-21.01.1998) received the following prizes and places
in second section: cat. A - P. Staniszewski III prize, R. Dominiak
IV place, M. Okon VI place; cat. B - M. Majkusiak II prize,
D. Walisiak VI place; cat. C - J. Kutera IV place; cat. chamber
music M. Machel acc and D. Wisniewski clarinet III prize.
Klingenthal (7-13.05.1999): cat.
II - P. Kopiec was II prize winner, cat. III - L. Kolodziejski
was I prize winner, cat. IV - T.Holizna was XII in the second
section, cat. V chamber music B. Brodzinska (accordion) and
A. Wlodarska (flute) were II prize winners.
Castelfidardo (6-11.10.1999): cat.
A - P. Staniszewski was III prize winner, cat. B - P. Kopiec
was III prize winner, B. Kwiatkowska was V, cat. C - L. Kolodziejski
was II prize winner, K. Korban was IV, cat. Concertisti - M.
Cwiklinski was VI, cat. G1 chamber music - B. Brodinska (accordion)
and A.Wlodarska (flute) were III prize winner.
and scientific works
Published books and articles:
L. Puchnowski, Forty years of presence
of accordion in professional education in Poland , ZN, AMFC,
L. Puchnowski, New Syllabi (accordion,
accordion chamber music, accordion literature, accordion methods
of teaching, principles of accordion repair and tuning, plan
for 5 years - 10 semesters of studies) for MA degree in Polish
Academies of Music in concert accordion, ZN, AMFC, Warszawa
K. Olczak, The new technics in
accordion composition, AM, Gdansk, 1999.
J. Pater, The music language of
A.Krzanowski in his compositions for accordion, AM,Kraków, 1999.
J. Madrawski, Pedagogical and concert
literature in B.Dowlasz's compositions for accordion, AM, Warszawa,
E. Rosinska, Astor Piazzola and
his compositions, Music Movement Magazine, 19/98, Warszawa;
Tuba mirum!, Music Movement Magazine, 7/99.
B. Brodinska, Development of the
music education and accordion teaching in the Jaworzno region,
B. Krauz, Development of the music
education and accordion teaching in the Rzeszów region, AMFC,
L. Kaminska, Accordion in USA,
P. Ksiazek, New technics in composition
for accordion, description and analysis, AMFC, Warszawa, 1999.
M. Molenda, Development of the
music education and accordion teaching in the Zamosc region,
AM, Lódz, 1999.
M. Pelcarski, Development od the
music education and accordion teaching in the Krosno region,
AM, Lódz, 1999.
A. Cudo, Analysis of 24 Capriccios
of B.K.Przybylski, AM, Bydgoszcz,1999.
R. Borysionek, The accordion compositions
of K.Olczak, AM, Gdansk, 1999.
G. Spiewak, The music and playing
problems in accordion compositions of A. Krzanowski, AM, Kraków
O. Gut, A.Piazzola's "Homage
a Liege" and its position in Bandoneom literature, AM, Kraków,
M. Bielinska, The character of
B.Dowlasz's accordion compositions, AM, Kraków, 1999.
I. Konopko, New trends in accordion
literature for children, AM, Gdansk,1999. A.Mierzwa, Position
of accordion in the French music of the XXth century, AM, Wroclaw,
J. Kosinski, Development of the
music education and accordion teaching in the Legnica region,
Compositions for Accordion
M. Niziurski, Execises - pictures
for accordion solo, 1999, (manuscript)
L. Wos, Sonatina for accordion
solo, 1999 (manuscript)
L. Wos, Children suite for accordion
solo, 1999, (manuscript)
A. Tuchowski, Ballada for accordion
solo, 1999, (manuscript)
A. Tuchowski, Jazz - Toccata, for
accordion solo, 1999, (manuscript)
B. K. Przybylski, Progress for
concert accordion, 1999, (manuscript).
V. Monti/L. Puchnowski, Cardas,
virtuoso transcription for accordion and violin (flute), Manfred
Weiss Musikverlag, Dormund, Germany, 1999.
J.S. Bach, Preludium and Fuge e
minor BWV 535, transcription for accordion orchestra, Manfred
Weiss Musikverlag, Dortmund, Germany, 1999.
The accordion in Poland is fully accepted as a concert instrument.
Members of the chair gave 461 full solo and chamber music recitals
and 8 concerts with symphony orchestras. They performed for
TV and Radio some 384 minutes of accordion music. They also
took part in 20 well known festivals of contemporary music in
different parts of Poland.
In the Music Academy of Warszawa, big concert hall (14.11.1999),
took place the concert of the chair of accordion. There were
presented works of: D. Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, A. Repnikov, A.
Banszczikov, Ole Schmidt, H. Brehme, Astor Piazzola-Grnad Tango
for cello and accordion, Milonaga for viola and accordion, Fr.
Poulenc clarintet and accordion. This concert was very well
received by the audience of about 400 people (Concert hall is
for 600 people).
On the 8.12.1999, K. Baran will perform with the academic symphony
orchestra, Concerto No.3 by A. Repnikov.
The members of the chair were active as members of:
National Council for Music Education (L. Puchnowski), music
experts, deans (J. Jurek, J. Siemak)
Presidents of the Music Academies (B. Dowlasz in AM Lódz, J.
Kaszuba in AM Bydgoszcz)
Publishers (J. Lukasiewicz), President of the FONOLA Publishing
They were members of national and international jury panels.
They were active on development and improvement of the music
and accordion education in Poland.
Prof. Lech Puchnowski
Accordion Chair Head
Frederic Chopin Academy of Music
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