Celebrating Polish Independence Concerts

series of performances in the UK by Bielsko-Biała Music Society

 

Saturday 28 September - Sunday 13 October 2019

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The concert is made up of pieces both relating to Polish independence and also inspired by accompanying historical events. This ­creates a exceptional opportunity to celebrate the ongoing centenary of Poland regaining independence.

Concert programme

  • Gaude Mater Polonia (Rejoice, oh Mother Poland) – a hymn  from the Middle Ages with lyrics by Wincenty of Kielcza.
  • Our beautiful Poland – an 1830 patriotic song with lyrics by Wincenty Pol.
  • Confederate Song – lyrics by Juliusz Słowacki, music by Jacek Kaczmarski.
  • As long as in our hearts is a drop of Polish blood –  lyrics by Konstanty Krumłowski and Fr. Stanisław Gajda, music by Fr. Stanisław Piątkiewicz.
  • Homage in the whisper of a prayer – lyrics by Aleksy Wróbel, music by Remigiusz Juskiewicz.
  • Hidden in our genes – lyrics by Aleksy Wróbel, music by Remigiusz Juskiewicz.
  • Nostalgia – lyrics by Dorota Górczyńska-Bacik, music by Remigiusz Juskiewicz.
  • Where the Vistula flows from Kraków – lyrics by Hieronim Derdowski, music by Feliks Nowowiejski.
  • Tatra Album (excerpt) – Ignacy Jan Paderewski, pianist, composer and one of the fathers of Polish independence, who used mountain melodies in his compositions.
  • Paternal house – the lyrics and music of the song were written by Jan Kubisz, a poet and patriot from the Zaolzie region.
  • To this land from the cantata Independence – lyrics by Cyprian Kamil Norwid, music by Janusz Kohut.
  • Impressions of Kraków – a piece written by Janusz Kohut, inspired by Polish folk melodies.
  • Impressions of Kashubia – a piece written by Janusz Kohut, inspired by Kashubian folk melodies.
  • Let us bow our heads and kiss this land from the cantata Independence – lyrics by Mirosław Bochenek, music by Janusz Kohut. 
  • Dąbrowski Mazurka – a 1797 Polish Legions Song with lyrics written by the poet Józef Wybicki – the Polish national anthem.
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