Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)

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01An Unseen Little Engine20150525

Donald Macleod and Polish music expert Adrian Thomas explore Bacewicz's early years.

Grazyna Bacewicz packed a lot into her relatively short life. She began to write music at the age of 13 and by the time of her death at the age of 59 in 1969, she left behind a legacy of over two hundred compositions, including symphonies, concertos and other works for orchestra, string quartets and sonatas.

In today's programme Donald Macleod explores Bacewicz's early years, with the help of Polish music expert Adrian Thomas.

02A Mood Of Determined Resistance20150526

Donald Macleod focuses on Bacewicz's music written during the years of World War Two.

In the company of Polish music expert Adrian Thomas, Donald Macleod explores the music of Grazyna Bacewicz during the years of World War II, including her Overture from 1943, which she begins with timpani, beating out the Morse code 'V' for victory which the BBC used throughout the war - borrowed from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony - as the Victory call sign.

03A False Dawn20150527

Donald Macleod focuses on Bacewicz's music in the years after World War II.

Donald Macleod and his guest, the Polish music expert Adrian Thomas, explore the music of Grazyna Bacewicz in the years after World War II when, before Polish musicians and composers found themselves subject to the diktats of a new totalitarian regime under the Soviets, there was a brief, false dawn.

04Opening The Modernist Floodgates20150528

Donald Macleod describes the effect on Bacewicz of changes in Poland after Stalin's death.

Nikita Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin in 1956 had an almost immediate liberalising effect on Polish culture. The first Warsaw Autumn festival that followed opened the modernist floodgates, introducing to Polish audiences a raft of previously proscribed composers. Donald Macleod is joined by Polish music expert Adrian Thomas to explore this period in the life and music of Grazyna Bacewicz.

05Woodworm Don't Like Your Music20150529

05Woodworm Don't Like Your Music20150529

05Woodworm Don't Like Your Music20150529

Donald Macleod and Polish music expert Adrian Thomas discuss the final years in the life and music of composer Grazyna Bacewicz, including the shifting textures and colours of Pensieri Notturni, and the ballet Desire, which was unfinished at the time of her death, based on a play by Pablo Picasso.

05Woodworm Don't Like Your Music20150529

Donald Macleod and Polish music expert Adrian Thomas discuss the final years in the life and music of composer Grazyna Bacewicz, including the shifting textures and colours of Pensieri Notturni, and the ballet Desire, which was unfinished at the time of her death, based on a play by Pablo Picasso.

05Woodworm Don't Like Your Music20150529

Donald Macleod discusses Bacewicz's final years.

05Woodworm Don't Like Your Music20150529

Donald Macleod discusses Bacewicz's final years.