Premiere of the "V Symphony"

The Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio will host a concert by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lukasz Borowicz at 7:00 p.m. on January the 29th. The high point of the evening will be the first performance of Maciej Zielinski’s “V Symphony”. The composition was commissioned by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, which this year has hosted Zielinski as composer-in-residence. The collaboration was possible thanks to the financial support from a newly created programme at the Institute of Music and Dance, which forges closer collaboration between orchestras and composers. This particular collaboration has produced a five-part, forty-minute long symphonic composition. The orchestra plans to perform two additional compositions by Maciej Zielinski by the end of the year.

The 'V' in the name of the “V Symphony” has layered meanings. The 'V' shape defines the form, the sound structure and the rhythm as well as some of the other elements of the composition. Just like the letter ‘V’, the composition includes a symmetrical axis and mirroring: the axis runs through the third movement, while the second movement mirrors the fourth movement. In a like manner, the fifth movement mirrors the first movement. In addition, the second movement has an ascending structure, while the fourth a descending, giving the entire composition the dynamic of an upturned V. The third part of the composition is built around a symmetrical, twelve-tone row, which is also defined by the V-like shape.

The “V Symphony” is filled with numerical and geometrical concepts that stem from the letter V. It is impossible to point out all of the ‘V-inspired’ structural ideas, but looking through the notation it is easy to spot them.  Also, it is not hard to hear them in the composition. The orchestra should also be set up in a V-like shape.

The III movement derives from a twelve-tone symmetrical row, also forming the letter V. Most of the composition is in the 5/4 meter.

These are only some of the most obvious musical concepts. A careful listener will certainly notice the more subtle ones.

The composition is dedicated to the Orchestra and conductor Lukasz Borowicz.

The Sunday concert will include “The Mountain Fantasy” by Zygmunt Noskowski (first performance) and the Violin Concerto A-dur op.8 by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz. The latter will be performed by the excellent violinist Bartlomiej Niziol.

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