Eco per flauti belongs to a cycle of miniatures written for friends, in one intuitive continuum. It was created for young, talented, female flutists, connected to me through student networks – Wanda Balcar and the Unforgettable Liliana Kordecka.
This composition is a game of sound played with time and space. It also exists in a version for a single flute with delay, developed for Grzegorz Olkiewicz. The premiere of Eco per flauti took place on the 4th of June 1980 in Warsaw. Ever since then, both versions of Eco has been taken up by various artists. What marks it out is that it has been included in the repertoire performed by two renowned Polish flutists – Agata Kielar and Łukasz Długosz.
Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, translation: Marek KazmierskiDownload sheet music (PDF)
Date of origin: 1980
Duration: ca. 11’
First performance: “Music Gallery”, Szustra Palace, Warsaw, organiser: the Warsaw Stanisław Moniuszko Music Association
4th June, 1980
Wanda Balcar – Flute
Marek Bartkiewicz – Flute
Born 1947 in Wrocław, composer and pedagogue. She studied composition at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław, first with Stefan Bolesław Poradowski (1966-67), later with Tadeusz Natanson (1967-71). In 1978 he went on to study composition in France with Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen, she attended classes at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris and a seminar on Iannis Xenakis’s music in Aix-en-Provence, and gained on work experience at experimental studios in Paris and Marseille. Since 1971 Pstrokońska-Nawratil has been working at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław, since 1991 heading the Department of Composition and Theory of Music (at present: Department of Composition). In 1993 she was appointed a professor. From 1998 to 2009 she was a lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań.
She won a number of competitions for composers, including the Youth Composition of Polish Composers’ Union (1968, 1973), Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition (1972), and International Competition for Women Composers in Mannheim (1975). In 1987 her work Ikar (Icarus) for large symphony orchestra (1979) won the 3rd prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. In 1989 she received the Wrocław City Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for her works for children and young people. She also received the Adam Chmielowski (Brother Albert) Award (1998), Wrocław Music Award (2002), Award of Polish Composers’ Union (2004), Annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2006), and the “Gloria Artis” Medal for Merit to Culture (2013). In 1994-97 she was a member of the repertoire committee of the “Warsaw Autumn” festival and in the years 1996-2008 she was a programming advisor, manager, and subsequently an artistic director of the International Festival of Polish Contemporary Music “Musica Polonica Nova”. She has been invited to join the honorary committee of the World Music Days in Wrocław in 2014.
Photo: Marta Filipczyk