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F O U R   S E A S O N S
 for string orchestra, percussion and choir

Four Seasons is a composition for string orchestra, percussion and choir. It was written in March 2019 during the last year of master's studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. This is my thesis on composition. The premiere took place on April 4, 2019 at the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under the direction of Martyna Szymczak. I invited the Camerata Varsovia Choir conducted by Elżbieta Siczek, and students of the Instrumental Department at the UMFC.

The full of tension and repetition Winter opens the composition, presenting the main theme. Spring, that follows, is calmer. Long notes overlap, saturating chords and creating a kind of harmonic “blur”. However, the atmosphere of drama is still maintained. Summer is the most energetic part of the composition. A lot of accented and repeated melodic-rhythmic figures appear there. The uniformity of the different parts is also broken. Summer surprises with sudden changes in texture. Autumn is the end of the cycle of seasons. In its form and character it is very similar to Winter. The composition is crowned with a tam-tam hit, which also sounds at the beginning of Winter. The cycle comes to an end. History comes full circle. A new story begins. When listening to the composition again and again, will we experience the same, will we have the same impression? Will the same emotions be evoked?

Format: YouTube

Release date: May 2, 2019

Recording: Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw

Mix and mastering: Jakub Niedźwiedź, Aleksandra Koniuch, Marta Szczepańska, Weronika Malinowska, Adrianna Wołowicz

Video: Stefania Michera i Filip Cieplechowicz

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