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August 2018
8:00 PM
Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew
Plac Kościelny, Wrocław

Mikołaj z Radomia – opera omnia


Monika Wieczorkowska – voice
Radosław Pachołek – voice
Maciej Gocman – voice
Piotr Karpeta – voice
Tomasz Dobrzański – recorder, mandora, artistic direction
Joanna Walczak – fiddle
Agnieszka Obst-Chwała – fiddle
Fryderyk Mizerski –  trombone
Ewa Prawucka – chest organ


Mikołaj z Radomia – opera omnia
Gloria, Credo
Hystorigraphi aciem mentis
Gloria, Credo
Untitled work
Gloria, Credo

The project is part of Poland's Regaining of Independence Centenary celebrations.

Ars Cantus / fot. Wanda Parzonka

Mikołaj of Radom was the first Polish composer of European calibre. His talent and education allowed him not only to create at the level of the greatest composers of his time, but also to contribute to the development of European music.

Unfortunately, we know nothing about his life today, and only ten of his works have survived to our times. However, even such a slim state of preservation of this composer's work allows us to get to know his peculiar, rhetorical style, unusual sound imagination and richness of polyphonic and harmonic musical language. The works of Mikołaj of Radom are, with the exception of two four-part sections of the mass , three-voiced typically for his time. This is mainly liturgical music: three sets of Gloria and Credo, the famous Magnificat and Alleluia. Of the two preserved secular works, the motet Hystorigraphi aciem mentis, which sets a text written for the birth of prince Kazimierz, the son of Władysław Jagiełło, is a manifesto of the political significance of Poland in contemporary Christian Europe. The sophisticated music of this work and the complicated, symbolic text in Latin and Greek are also a testimony to the level of Polish culture of that time. Probably, one more song has a secular character, written in the form of a two-part ballad. Sadly, its text has not been preserved.

The work of Mikołaj of Radom, a composer so important for Polish musical culture, continues to  remain largely unknown. The reason for this is probably deficient knowledge of performance techniques suitable for his music and the notation of his compositions that communicates nothing to musicians of our day. Since the beginning of its existence, the Ars Cantus ensemble has dealt with recreating these techniques and reading the composer's work from the point of view of historical context and liturgical texts. Thanks to this research, the music of Mikołaj of Radom may reveal his subtle beauty today.

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Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.