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1. I. Love is more thicker
2. II. Unter den berstenden Eisspiegeln
3. III. Now air is air and thing is thing
4. IV. In time's a noble mercy of proportion

Izabella Kłosińska, soprano
Wojciech Drabowicz, baritone
Polish Radio National SO
Gabriel Chmura, conductor

Warsaw Autumn (Warszawska Jesień) , 22 września 2001


Up into the Silence for soprano solo, baritone solo and symphonic orchestra by Eugeniusz Knapik, a composer born in 1951 in Ruda Slaska, who wanted this work to be his personal artistic farewell to the 20th century. “I immediately found a great ally for my plans in the person of e.e. cummings and his marvellous poetry,” wrote Knapik. “For I selected love to be the theme of this artistic gesture.” ---


Prawykonanie cyklu pieśni na sopran, baryton i orkiestrę symfoniczną "Up into the Silence" (1994-2000) Eugeniusza Knapika miało miejsce podczas 44. Festiwalu "Warszawska Jesień". Kompozytor potwierdził w tym dziele renomę kontynuatora tradycji Straussa, Skriabina i Messiaena, a nawet Beethovena i Brahmsa. Wyjaśniał, że taki jest właśnie jego naturalny kompozytorski język. Monumentalnie zakrojony cykl pieśniowy poświęcony jest miłości, jak mówi kompozytor, "obszarowi ludzkich doznań zepchniętemu w naszych czasach na margines zainteresowań sztuki".

Cykl "Up into the Silence" składa się z czterech pieśni. Trzy z nich powstały do tekstów amerykańskiego poety z pierwszej połowy XX wieku Edwarda Estlina Cummingsa. Pieśń druga jest jedną ze scen opery La liberta chiama la liberta, ostatniej części operowej trylogii Knapika, w której kompozytor wykorzystał tekst Jana Fabre'a. Dwie pierwsze pieśni zamówiło Polskie Radio, a ich prawykonanie odbyło się w 1996 roku w Kopenhadze, w ramach projektu "Kopenhaga - stolica kultury europejskiej 1996". ---

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Eugeniusz Knapik: String Quartet - 3 Songs – Tha’ Munnot Waste no Time Eugeniusz Knapik: String Quartet - 3 Songs – Tha’ Munnot Waste no Time

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1. String Quartet

Kwartet Śląski (Silesian Quartet), 2001 

2. Three Songs for Baritone and Piano

Jerzy Mechliński  - baritone
Eugeniusz Knapik – piano, 2002

3. Tha' Munnot Waste No Time for Three Pianos and Clarinet

Iwona Mironiuk, Szabolcs Esztenyi, Eugeniusz Knapik - pianos 
Aleksander Romański – clarinet, 1999


Eugeniusz Knapik, born 9 VII 1951 Ruda Śląska, Poland.

Between 1970 and 1976, Eugeniusz Knapik studied composition under Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and piano performance in the class of Czesław Stańczyk at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice. In 1976 he received a French government scholarship that allowed him to study composition under Olivier Messiaen in Paris. He is currently a professor in the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of his alma mater. Since 1992 he has also headed the Computer and Electro-acoustic Music Studio at the school. He appears in concert as a pianist in both Poland and abroad, performing primarily piano works of the 20th century. He has recorded for radio and television as well as a number of music publishers.

Eugeniusz Knapik has garnered numerous awards as a composer and pianist. In 1976 these included an award at the Polish Piano Performance Festival in Słupsk and second prize at the Young Composer's Competition of the Association of Polish Composers for his work titled "Le Chant for soprano and orchestra" (1976). These were followed one year later by third prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Vienna for his "Concerto grosso for chamber orchestra" (1977). In 1979 Knapik collected the first prize at the "Młodzi Muzycy Młodemu Miastu" / "From Young Musicians To a Young City" Festival in Stalowa Wola for his "Corale, interludio e aria for flute, harpsichord and strings" (1978), while in 1985 he received the S. Wyspiański Prize for "Wyspy / Islands for string orchestra" (1983). On two occasions, his works were chosen to represent Polish State Radio during the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris: in 1978, "La flute de jade" for soprano and orchestra (1973) received an honorable mention and in 1984 his "Kwartet smyczkowy / String Quartet" (1980) was awarded the first prize. During the same year, Knapik collected the annual award of the Association of Polish Composers and an Award of the Minster of Culture and Art, and in 1985 he received the Polyhymnia Prize for his chamber music works.

In 1988, commissioned by the director of the Opera la Monnaie in Brussels, Knapik began working on an operatic trilogy titled "The Minds of Helena Troubleyn" based on a text by Jan Fabre. "Das Glas im Kopf Wird vom Glas", part one of the trilogy, premiered in 1990 at the De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp. Part two, titled "Silent Screams, Difficult Dreams", had its world premiere in 1992 at the Documenta IX contemporary art festival in Kassel. The first-ever live performance of part three, "La liberta chiama la liberta", took place in 1996 during the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music. Knapik also worked closely with Jan Fabre in creating three ballet productions: "The Sound of One Hand Clapping" (1991), "Da un'altra faccia del tempo" (1993), and "Quando la terra si rimette in movimento" (1995).

Eugeniusz Knapik debuted as a composer along with Andrzej Krzanowski and Aleksander Lason at the "Młodzi Muzycy Młodemu Miastu" / "From Young Composers To a Young City" Festivals in Stalowa Wola. Between 1975 and 1980 events in this series included eleven world premieres of works by the three composers, referred to as "Pokolenie '51" / "Generation '51" based on their year of birth. Knapik premiered two of his works in Stalowa Wola: "Tak jak nad brzegiem morza / Just Like on the Seashore" for instrumental ensemble and audiotape (1977), and "Corale, interludio e aria" for flute, harpsichord and eleven string instruments (1979).

Knapik was most decidedly an "oppositionist", drawing more deeply than anyone on tradition. His style is best described as "New Romanticism", a term applied to those who were introduced to the pubic in Stalowa Wola, at both the time of their debut and later.

Romantic in its expression, Knapik's pieces are notable for the outstanding, clear and singular compositional skills they embody and characteristic for the increased importance of melodic elements. With increasing frequency, melodies are beginning again to determine the forms of musical works. ---

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