• A New Aesthetic Ideas and the “Memory of Genre” in the 20th and 21st Century Polish Instrumental Concertos

    Anna Nowak
    The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland


    The instrumental concerto is still one of the most popular and most frequently chosen forms of musical expression by composers. Many factors influence its non-stop importance in musical life. One of them is the “openness” of the genre to new artistic ideas and means of musical expression. The process of adapting new aesthetic ideas was particularly intense in the second half of the 20th century, affecting the character of the composed works, their various shapes and functions entrusted to the performers of the solo parts. This phenomenon occurred in the works of composers representing various stylistic trends and aesthetic attitudes. Among the instrumental concertos inspired by the ideas of the second European musical avant-garde and various trends in postmodern art, concertos by Polish composers constitute a significant group. The analysis of these works shows the directions of evolution of the musical genre, its “reaction” to new techniques of sound production, their adaptation for artistic purposes.

    Keywords: contemporary Polish music, instrumental concerto, the genre constants.

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