Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Teraz Polska!

Rare music by less known Polish composers, and by Georg Philipp Telemann, who devoted many of his compositions to Poland.

Saturday 25 July 2015 19:00 — Pilaster hall, Kunštát château, Zámecká 1, 679 72 Kunštát, Czech Republic.

Extempore (PL):

Programme

Adam Jarzębski (1590? – 1649?)Concerto Primo
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)Trio g moll   (TWV 42:g15)
Vivace — Cantabile — Vivace
Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński (17th/18th c.)Sonata for two violins and basso continuo
Tabulatura warszawska (17th c.)Toccata in a
Marcin Mielczewski (1600 – 1651)Canzona Prima
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)Sonata b-minor for violin, viola da gamba and b. c.   (TWV 42:h6)
Largo — Vivace — Andante — Allegro

About the programme

The concert programme shows examples of the works of the most important Polish composers of the Baroque era: Szarzyński, Mielczewski and Jarzębski. The music of this period created on the Polish territory remained under a strong influence of Western European and in particular Italian music, due to the presence of many musicians and composers from that part of Europe in the most important Polish centres (Warsaw, Krakow).

The first mention of Adam Jarzębski talks about his activity as court musician to John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg, in Berlin (September 1612). From there he went to Italy to perfect his composing skills. In the end he joined the court of King Sigismund III Vasa in Warsaw, where he spent the end of his life as a musician of the royal orchestra and as court composer. The most valued work of Jarzebski is the collection Canzoni e Concerti, containing 27 pieces for various instruments.

Hardly anything is known about the life of Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński, not even the dates of birth and death. Probably he had was associated with the collegiate church in Lowicz, where the manuscripts of his works resided. Only ten of his compositions have survived (dating from 1692–1713), including only one instrumental piece, the Sonata for 2 violins and b.c. (1706), which is regarded as the most outstanding example of Polish Baroque instrumental music.

Martin Mielczewski was the most renowned Polish composer in Europe of 18th Century. His works were performed in Germany, Denmark, Silesia, Moravia and Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia and probably in Paris. In 1632 he became composer and musician at the royal court in Warsaw, and in 1645 Kapellmeister to the brother of King Władysław IV, Charles Ferdinand Vasa, who at that time had the best music ensemble in the Poland. Among Mielczewski’s works there are only few instrumental pieces, including this concert’s Canzona Prima.

The Polish compositions are contrasted with works of G. Ph. Telemann, who was associated with the court of Count Erdmann II von Promnitz in Sorau (Żary) and Pless (Pszczyna), where lived for some time and was inspired by Polish traditional music:

“As the court for half a year moved to Plesse, an Upper-Silesian manor of the Promnitz family, I became acquainted there and also in Cracow with Polish and Hanakian music in its true, barbaric beauty. [...] You can hardly imagine what wonderful ideas those bagpipers and violinists had when they fantasised [=improvised] whenever the dancers rested. An attentive listener could in 8 days pick up sufficient musical ideas for a lifetime. In short, this music contains lots of good, when treated appropriately. I have, over time, written various concerti and trios in this manner, which I dressed in an Italian robe, with alternating Adagios and Allegros.”

G. Ph. Telemann — Autobiography

Extempore Ensemble

Foto: Extempore Ensemble

Extempore Ensemble was formed in 2007, when its members were students at the Academy of Music in Katowice. Thanks to their passion, commitment and youthful energy, they soon transgressed the walls of their home university. Their artistic pathway was shaped by such prominent pedagogues and specialists in the field of early music as Marek Toporowski, Mark Caudle and Martyna Pastuszka. The ensemble maintain a highly active concert schedule, performing at numerous festivals and events in Silesia and other parts of Poland. Their ever-increasing repertoire encompasses not only works of such masters as J. S. Bach and G. P. Telemann, but also lesser known masterpieces of often forgotten composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Extempore took part in events such as the 5th International Festival of Improvised Early Music All’Improvviso in Gliwice, the 4th and 5th Silesian Bach Festival, the International Festival of Chamber and Organ Music in Wygiełzów, and the 14th International Bach Festival in Świdnica. In November 2012, the ensemble won a prize at the Musica Antiqua Viva Early Music Competition in Żory.

Małgorzata Malke

Małgorzata Malke (violin) was a student of the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Katowice, where she learned to play the violin under prof. Arkadiusz Kubica’s guidance. She graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she studied violin performance under professor Adam Musialski and baroque violin performance under Martyna Pastuszka. Thanks to a scholarship she was awarded, she also studied under Dominika Falger in Graz. Małgorzata Malke took part in numerous violin workshops and masterclasses led by such great artists as: Rachel Podger, Ingomar Rainer, Siemion Yaroshevich, Anthony Spiri, Tomasz Tomaszewski and Piotr Pławner. She took part in the Chamber Music Festival in Książ (2006, 2007) and won prizes at chamber music competitions in Łódź and Chorzów.

She collaborated with AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, the New Music Orchestra, Vienna Classical Players, Ambassade Orchester and the Silesian Chamber Orchestra. Since she began her involvement in historically informed performance, she cooperated with Concerto Polacco, Collegium Marianum from Prague and Le Cercle de L’Harmonie from Paris. Since 2009, she has been a member of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra; since 2010, the Poznań-based orchestra Arte dei Suonatori. Since 2012 she is a member of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, the first early music orchestra based in Upper Silesia. Małgorzata Malke performs early music on a violin built by the French luthier Claude Pierray in 1719.

Anna Firlus

Anna Firlus (harpsichord) began learning to play the organ at the Stanisław Moniuszko Secondary Music School in Zabrze under the direction of Waldemar Krawiec, who remained her tutor until her graduation with distinction in 2003. She furthered her education at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she studied organ performance with professor Julian Gembalski (diploma with distinction in 2008) and harpsichord performance with professor Marek Toporowski (diploma with distinction in 2010). She took part in numerous organ, harpsichord and chamber music interpretation masterclasses led by such outstanding professors as Jean-Luc Perrot, Christopf Bossert, Christopf Grohman, Bernhad Hass, Maija Lehtonen, Ludger Lohmann, Anthony Spire, Aline Zylberajch, Władysław Kłosiewicz and Leszek Kędracki. She participated in the International Youth Organ Festival in Sejny and Anikščiai four times.

She collaborates with Polish Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Orchestra of New Music, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra. Anna Firlus remains an active soloist and chamber musician both in Poland and abroad. She currently works as accompanist at the department of historical performance practice of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and teaches at the Diocesan Secondary Organ School in Gliwice.

Krzysztof Firlus

Krzysztof Firlus (viola da gamba) graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied viola da gamba with Mark Caudle and double bass with Jan Kotula. He continues currently his viola da gamba studies with Vittorio Ghielmi at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He was awarded the Young Poland scholarship and won prizes at competitions in Burg-Namedy, Brno, Wrocław, Poznań, Łódź and Dąbrowa Górnicza. He teaches at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Academy of Music in Kraków.

Krzysztof Firlus successfully combines the roles of double bass player and gambist, performing not only in orchestras, but also as soloist and chamber musician on both instruments. He is a member of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, the early music trio Extempore, and Gambasada viol consort. He has also performed with Capella Cracoviensis and the Silesian Quartet. In addition, he has collaborated with such outstanding artists as Helmuth Rilling, Vincent Dumestre, Paul McCreesh, Aline Zylberajch and Marek Toporowski.


Thank you

The concert takes place with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the South Moravian Region.

Partner for the concert is the Polish Institute in Prague.

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