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Panufnik, Andrzej: Old Polish Suite (1950, rev.1955) 12'
for string orchestra


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Composer's Notes

Early Polish music has remained quite unknown to the worldwide musical public in spite of the fact that there were many composers who wrote both ecclesiastical and secular works. Unfortunately, due to Poland's most tragic history with its numerous foreign invasions, little of this music survived, and virtually none is available for performance.

Old Polish Suite is written for strings only, and consists of three early Polish dances: Cener, Wyrwany and Hayduk, linked by two slow movements: Interlude and Chorale, As in the Jagiellonian Tryptych, the number of players can be varied according to the size and acoustic conditions of the concert hall.

Andrzej Panufnik

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This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer

Recommended Recording

with Concerto in modo antico / Jagiellonian Triptych / Divertimento for Strings / Hommage a Chopin

Igor Cecocho (trumpet) / Hanna Turonek (flute)
Polish Chamber Orchestra / Mariusz Smolij
Naxos 8 570032

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