Tag Archives: Polish music

A Carol for the End of the Century

The last contemporary Polish Christmas carol is again from the Preisner collection. It’s also probably the weirdest and probably my favorite. It has a kind of… scope and sweep that I find very moving. That said, I’m not sure what … Continue reading

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Warsaw Carol, 1939

Today – the most depressing Christmas Carol ever! Another of the carols with music by Zbigniew Preisner, the text to this is by the Polish author (of prose, poestry and opinion) and diplomat Stanisław Baliński (1898-1984) who left Poland after … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Christmas Eve

Today’s Christmas Carol (and all the rest though Sunday) is from a 1999 collection by the Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner entitled My Carols for the End of the Century (Moje kolędy na koniec wieku). He wrote the music for … Continue reading

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Snowflakes and Wafers

Today’s modern Polish Christmas Carol is from Grzegorz Turnau one of the leading practitioners of the old sung poetry genre. The song compares the snowflakes (płatki) falling on the grey city with the ritual of opłatek which is the heart … Continue reading

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When Christ is Born

And now for something completely different…. some modern Polish Christmas Carols. I’ll do one each day through Sunday. The first is a modern arrangement of a traditional carol (all the rest will be modern). The singer is Anna Maria Jopek, … Continue reading

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