Mikołaj Zieleński’s work in Venice

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
The first ever presentation of the work of Mikołaj Zieleński, considered the greatest Polish composer before Chopin, will take place at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice on 30 October 2012 at 8:30 pm.
Mikołaj Zieleński – an equal to Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schütz or Claudio Monteverdi – is a representative of the Venetian school. His magnum opus, the 120-piece Offertoria totius anni and Communiones totius anni was published by Vincentius in Venice in 1611.
The knowledge of Zieleński’s works is fragmentary in Poland and scarce abroad. This outstanding composer was “discovered” through the efforts of Stanisław Gałoński, who specially founded the Collegium Zieleński ensemble. Together with invited outstanding soloists – Emma Kirkby and Joel Frederiksen - Mikołaj Zieleński’s Opera omnia was recorded on 6 CDs on the DUX label.
The recording won 3 nominations for the Fryderyk award and 2 Fryderyk awards; a nomination for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music award; and 3 ORPHÉE D’OR awards from the Académie du Disque Lyrique, which were presented on 3 May 2011 and 14 May 2012 at Opéra Bastille in Paris.
There were also special concerts devoted to Zieleński’s works: on 1 March 2011 at the Church of St Michael the Archangel (Skałka) in Kraków, on the day on which the work was published 400 years ago in Venice, and at festivals in Kraków (2010, 2011, 2012) and Stary Sącz (2011).
At the invitation of the Patriarchate of Venice, there will be a festive concert testifying to the high level of Old Polish culture and its close links with the culture of Rome and then Europe.
All activities aimed at popularizing the work of this eminent Polish composer are possible through subsidies from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the City of Kraków, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and the Institute of Music and Dance. A major financial and organizational contribution to the concert in Venice was made by the Polish Institute in Rome and the Basilica di San Marco.
The event is coordinated by the Capella Cracoviensis Foundation, which also distributes invitations to the concert. Contact:

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