On Polish Music--Friday, March 18, 7 p.m.

BUY TICKETS HERE On Friday, March 18th, at 7 p.m., the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) continues its Concert & Lecture Series with the topic “On Polish Music.” The concert & lecture take place at the Concord Conservatory of Music, 1317 Main Street, Concord: tickets are $25 for adults, and students are admitted free.

It is only fitting that the curator of this year’s series, Poland-born Dr. Elzbieta Brandys, should lecture on the music of her country. The talk will present a unique approach to the Polish national style, discussing Polish folk and dance music and how these elements are integrated into the classical repertoire. The concert & lecture will feature the composers Chopin and Moszkowski, among others.

The origin of Polish music can be traced as far back as the 13th century, though the first notable polish composer lived in the 15h century. Like many countries, early Polish composers were guests of the royal courts, and were free to pursue their art. In the first part of the 17th century, Polish composers focused on baroque religious music, concertos for voices and instruments, and the basso continuo, which provided the harmonic structure of composed music.

The late 17th and 18th century saw an economic decline of Poland, which also hindered the development of music. Still, the polonaise emergred from this period, a distinctively Polish musical form. Many composers worked in the polonaise genre, none so famously as Fryderyk Chopin. Chopin wrote mainly for solo piano, and was himself a pianist without equal in his time,a child prodigy whose works are considered among the most technically demanding piano piecesHe is truly one of music’s “superstars,” and his influence is profound.

Moritz Moszkowski, who composed and played  piano in the late 19th-early 20th century, is often thought of as the composer who ”best understands how to write for the piano—after Chopin.” Another prodigy, Moszkowski was playing his own concerto for two pianos with Franz Liszt at the age of 21. Sadly, Moszkowski died in poverty in 1925. Today, many of Moszkowski’s shorter pieces are used as encores in classical concerts.

“On Polish Music” is the sixth concert/lecture in a series of seven. The remaining topic is “The Effect of War on Music.” For more information on this performance, details on the additional topics in the Concert & Lecture Series, or to learn about other events at CCM, please visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, call 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org. Concerts take place at CCM, located at 1317 Main Street, Concord. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. Financial assistance is available.