Krzysztof Baculewski

Krzysztof Baculewski "Subjective Annals 60 Editions of the Festival"


The first 'Warsaw Autumn' jubilee - its tenth anniversary. To celebrate this occasion, a set of 30 photographs from various Festival events was printed at the end of the programme book. Arthur Rubinstein played the solo part in Szymanowski's Symphonie concertante No. 4, Op. 60 at the opening concert, and later in the programme there came Jutro (Tomorrow), an opera by Tadeusz Baird, Le marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez, Music for Magnetic Tape and Oboe Solo by Andrzej Dobrowolski, Sun of the Incas by Edison Denisov, a performance by the Swedish Kulturkvartetten, two concerts of the RAI Symphony Orchestra from Turin, including the Turandot suite by Ferruccio Busoni (a concession to the conductor, Mario Rossi ), the Contemporary Chamber Players from the University of Illinois, and others. But the main events - at least for the present writer, who from that year on attended nearly every 'Warsaw Autumn' concert for over a quarter of a century - were the performance of the St Luke Passion by Krzysztof Penderecki, and the première of Refrain by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki at the final concert. This Festival also saw the beginning of the night concert tradition; the performances started at 10 p.m., initially in the Concert Hall of the State Higher School of Music, then also at other venues. The chairman of the Repertoire Committee was Kazimierz Serocki.