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Maria Pokrzywińska

composition, theory of music

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)