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A Late Night Taste of Poland

Posted at 3:15 AM on June 2, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs

His father made violins. His mother was a talented violinist. And Andre Panufnik became one of the most important Polish composers of the 20th century. In his autobiography, Composing Myself, Panufnik wrote that In his early years, he never consciously listened to his mother's playing, but it was constantly in his ears, a background music, part of the fabric of his life. He said, "The music was an instrinsic part of my existence, like cleaning my teeth, eating my meals, even breathing."

Two of the 12 symphonies Panufnik composed were destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising of World War II. Many of his pieces drew from the traditional folk songs of his homeland, making his music uniquely Polish.

Tonight's (12:05am, Thursday) Euro-Classic comes from the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Krakow, with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing Panufnik's A Procession for Peace. Hope you can stay up late with Classical MPR.