‘Blank Pages of Music’ – competition results of the programme’s 7th edition

Nov 6, 2017

The competition commission met on 30 October 2017, on the premises of the Institute of Music and Dance (IMiT), to select the best projects to be carried out in the seventh edition of the IMiT’s programme called ‘Blank Pages of Music’.

The commission was composed of the experts recommended by the following institutions: the Musicologists’ Section of the Union of Polish Composers (Związek Kompozytorów Polskich) – Prof. Agnieszka Draus, the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk) – Dr Jacek Jackowski, the Open Forum of the Dance Community – Aleksandra Bilińska-Słomkowska and a representative of the Institute of Music and Dance – Brygida Błaszczyk-Podhajska.

The Programme ‘Blank Pages of Music’ is dedicated to Polish and foreign scholars who plan to conduct their professional research in the neglected and lesser-known areas of the Polish music and dance. The priority set for the 2017/18 edition is to document the musical life in Poland after the country’s partitions and before its reunification and independence.

Amongst the 30 applications submitted for the financial support, the commission has selected the following research projects:

  1. Jewish culture within the popular musical culture of Lwów during the inter-war period – Michał Jaczyński
  2. Military brass bands on Polish soil at the time of Poland’s occupation after partitions – Maciej Kierzkowski
  3. Forgotten Polish conductors (1800-1918) – musicological sketches – Michał Klubiński
  4. Ballet works by Eugeniusz Morawski – Oskar Łapeta
  5. Research and description of aesthetic foundations in the free/spontaneous improvised music in Poland – Rafał Mazur
  6. Morceau de concert by Maurycy Karasowski critical source edition of the score and reconstruction of orchestral parts – Mateusz Melski
  7. Artistic values and performance problems in the works by young Polish composers in the opinion of the performers versus their psychological profile and musical preferences – Anna Antonina Nogaj
  8. Association of Folk Musicians in Zbąszyń – history, folklore activities, foremost members and musicians – Karolina Anna Pawłowska
  9. Polish dance literature concerning history, anthropology, education, criticism (...). Compiling a bibliographic catalogue of the art of dancing and choreography 1967-2017 (...) Aleksandra Kleinrok, Zuzanna Kupidura, Hanna Raszewska-Kursa
  10. Traditional folk songs from Opolskie Voivodeship in the light of contemporary recordings of singers and folk ensembles – Iwona Wylęgała

The commission justified its selection by providing the following set of observations regarding the best projects:

– they definitely deal with obscure or neglected areas of knowledge concerning the broadly conceived Polish musical culture and Polish dance, including research on the documentation of the Polish musical life during the time of Poland’s occupation after the partitions;

– the research focuses on the phenomena in the contemporary culture of music and dance that thus far have not been described or have been insufficiently described, or else follows up on the worthwhile previous research;

– they document, compile and interpret the sources which are not readily available or are dispersed, obscure or else insufficiently researched.

The research is well-planned and promises to bear measurable results, which have been specified in the applications to be achieved in a given time. The applicants whose projects have been chosen to benefit from financial support – in the opinion of the commission – possess the sufficient expertise, skills and experience to carry out the research in the chosen field and to achieve the set goals.

Complete minutes from the meeting of the commission can be accessed in „programmes”.

We would like to thank all the applicants who took part in the programme and we congratulate all the authors whose projects have been selected.

The six previous editions of the Programme ‘Blank Pages of Music’ (organised between 2011 and 2017) have resulted in the provision of financial support for 47 research works, including 7 coming from foreign scholars. They comprise a wide range of forms, e.g. scientific works, catalogues of one’s output, reconstructions of costumes and preparations to publish source materials. These works, complete or in fragments, have been successively uploaded and made available at www.imit.org.pl in „materials”. Some of them have also been brought out by numerous publishers both in Poland and abroad. These have included: books (e.g. Zygmunt Mycielski – Andrzej Panufnik: Correspondence. Part 1: 1949–1969, edition, introduction and commentary by Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, Warsaw 2016), catalogues (Catalogue of organs in the Protestant churches of Opole Silesia, ed. Grzegorz Poźniak; Faculty of Theology of Opole University) and sheet music (e.g. Pieśni młodzieńcze by K. Regamey, ed. J. Stankiewicz, W. Gładysz and A. Bednarczyk, Musica Iagellonica 2014; Daniel Magnus Gronau. 517 Fugen, ed. Andrzej Szadejko; Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Because works by some obscure or less popular but valuable composers, including compositions preserved in the Piarist monastery in Podoliniec and the Archive of the Cistercian Abbey in Kraków-Mogiła reconstructed by Revd. Dariusz Smolarek (from the Piarist monastery in Podoliniec along with Aleksandra Czech), or ballets by Feliks Nowowiejski edited by Sebastian Perłowski and Wojciech Dybek, were supplied with orchestral scores in the course of the programme, they could eventually be performed in their concert versions. There are further plans to publish the effects of the Programme ‘Blank Pages of Music’, including the Violin Concerto op. 70 by Ludomir Różycki reconstructed by Janusz Wawrowski, Zygmunt Rychert and Bartosz Bryła, which has already been included in the PWM (Polish Music Publishing) catalogue.