05.02.1907 Łódź - 17.01.1969 Warszawa
Grażyna Bacewicz was a remarkable and impressive composer. While she was a trained violinist and conductor, she was also an excellent pianist, as she played the premiere of her 2nd piano sonata herself. Bacewicz has always underlined her independence in her composing. Her changes in style, which she carried out in the course of her life, are remarkable, as the comparison of her Piano Concerto of 1949 with her Concerto for 2 Pianos from 1966 illustrates, a fact which she also describes herself:
"I divide my music into three periods – (1) youth – very experimental, (2) – inappropriately called here neo-classical and being really atonal, and (3) the period in which I’m still located. I arrived at this period by way of evolution (not revolution)." 1969
(source: Polish Music Center https://polishmusic.usc.edu)
In Bacewicz's piano music, in addition to the piano concertos mentioned above, the 10 Concert Studies (1956) and the 2nd Piano Sonata are among the highlights, in her chamber music also the two wonderful Piano Quintets (1952 & 1965) and numerous works for violin and piano.
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