Daniel Cichy, director of music publishing house PWM Edition, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the inspiration for the centennial concerts came from recognizing music as the “most beautiful and most complete means of celebrating.”
Cichy said he was glad non-Polish musicians would be adding new works by contemporary composers like Dariusz Przybylski and Agata Zubel to their repertoires. Zubel, who is also a soprano, plans to perform at the concert in Milan that will feature music by Penderecki and Gorecki.
Other venues include Copenhagen; Chicago; Frankfurt; Lviv, Ukraine; and Vienna. Eleven concerts also are set for Sunday in Poland. Altogether, 100 Polish compositions will have been played.
Each concert will begin with a one-minute “Fanfare for the Independent Poland,” Penderecki’s new composition for wind instruments, timpani and percussion, written for the anniversary.
Poland gained independence after more than a century of division among foreign powers on Nov. 11, 1918, the day that World War I ended.