May 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm.
The Senate of the Krakow University of Technology, ul. Warsawska 24
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)
Stringed Quartet No. 1 (1960)
Quartet Series No. 3 “Pages from an Unsaved Diary” (2008)
Anton Webern (1883-1945)
Langsamer Satz (1905)
Dafô String Quartet
Conducted by: Doctor Love. Piotr Romańczyk, A.; PK
Dafô Quartet is one of the most prominent artists of Polish chamber music. It was founded in 1993 and was at that time the first women’s string quartet in Poland. It is composed of Justina Duda (violin I), Danuta Augustin (violin II), Anita Domanoska (viola), Anna Armatis (cello) – graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2000, the band received a diploma with honors from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in the master class conducted by Melos Quartet. The artists also improved their skills during courses conducted by members of the Silesian Quartet, Quartetto Italiano, Borodin, and the Tokyo Quartet.
Dafô Quartet has participated in many contemporary music festivals, both in Poland (including Warsaw Autumn, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Polish Music Festival) and abroad (including Ludwigsburger Festspiel, New Europe in Nowe York, Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, Europalia , Forum Aust-West). The band has also collaborated with notable contemporary composers: Krzysztof Benderecki, Krzysztof Meyer, Bowie Miketten, Marek Stachoski, Hana Colente, Kristina Moszumaiska-Nazar, Bowie Szyminski and John King.
The achievements of Dafô Quartet were highly regarded, and the musicians were awarded many prestigious awards. The band can be proud of several “Fryderyk” music awards, awarded by the Phonographic Academy – in 1999 and 2002 for the albums “Polish Stringed Quarters of the 20th Century. Part One and Two” (PWM / DUX), and in 2009 (Contemporary Music Album of the Year category) To record the album” Speechless Song “with music by Pawe Mykietyn (PWA) with Dafô and in 2012 for CD / DVD “ukaszewski & Bembinow. Christmas Carols and Shepherds” (Docs). Dafoe won a Supersonic Pizzicato for his album Penderecki. String Quartets, String Trio and Clarinet Quartet” (DUX) and CD recording of String Quartet No. 3 “…sings sings” composed by HM Górecki (DUX) Honored by British magazine Gramophone, MusicWeb International and French music portal Pizzicato magazine “Classica” and the nomination of Frederick 2019.
The avant-garde and neo-romantic
During today’s concert, we will be listening to two music tracks by Christoph Penderecki. The first is the sonorous avant-garde quartet I (1960), in which expression and unconventional dynamics play a fundamental role in creating the form. The composer was inspired by electro-acoustic music created in the 1950s in experimental radio studios. The second composition is The Third Quartet (2008) – a personal one-action work bearing the translation of pages from an unwritten magazine, summarizing half a century of compositional experience. Certain parts of this “strange conversation with one’s memory” follow Ataka. Nostalgic Grave, which develops as a scherzo, a fast, panic-filled Vivace interrupted by general pauses, then fragments of a waltz (Tempo di valse) being called from a distance and accompanying an emotional moment, then a poignant Adagio Notturno with a sing-along and vague ending, and a time Other Vivaci. The Hutsul dance tangled between the strings is a melody once remembered by the composer and played by his father. The story ends with a reflective tranquillo with motifs drawn from the Hutsul theme. The party will end with an early composition by Anton Webern-Langsamer Satz (“Slow Motion”, 1905), a tonal work with a high emotional charge, rooted in the aesthetics of late Romanticism. The piece is inspired by a mountain expedition that Webern took with his future wife.
Krzysztof Penderecki and his music at Krakow University of Technology
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, a special meeting with the master and his music took place at the Krakow University of Technology on May 8, 2013 – “From Experience to Great Synthesis”. The concert program included the following pieces: Polymorvin for 48 Stringed Instruments (1961) – Participants listened to a recording of the Aukso orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, Capriccio for Oboe and 11 Stringed Instruments (1964) performed by Witold Wróbel and Bugle Ensemble, String Quartet No. 3 (2008) in Interpretation of the Dafoe Quartet.
Professor Pendricki was a guest on “The Alchemist’s Musical Law”. It is an interdisciplinary subject that has been conducted since 2011 at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology of Krakow University of Technology by Dr. Hap. Piotr Romańczyk, A.; PK and dr. M. Stefan Cork (music lovers and science staff at CUT). Dr. Love. Danuta Augustin – violinist and professor of the Academy of Music in Krakow and Dr. Stanisław Bromboszcz – pianist and composer, assistant professor at the Katowice Music Academy. The aim of “The Musical Law of Alchemy”, in addition to displaying the relationship between music and science, is to form the musical sensitivity and awareness of future graduates of a technical university. During classes, students listen to compositions belonging to the canon of classical music, learn about elements of musical aesthetics, participate in concerts and meetings with outstanding instrumentalists and teachers.
With today’s concert, the Krakow University of Technology celebrates the figure of the great composer. We also remember the meeting with the professor at our university. There are experiences that stay with us forever as part of our inner wealth. The encounter with Maestro Penderecki and his music is one such experience.