Jagoda Szmytka | Playlist

photo courtesy of Jagoda Szmytka

Every possible discourse that includes the issue of the classics of the Polish musical avant-garde, before it even takes shape, is preemptively dominated by the “unrivaled” and “unquestionable” concept of “Polish sonorism” and “aleatoricism.” In this context, the “material” and “structural” is linked by the “free.” Thinking in terms of free sounds and open forms and structures finds its reflection in casual and rather “free” notation. If we assume that notation is a function of how we think about music, and that which can be written marks the boundaries of music, then in the case of the avant-garde work of these three composers, these limits are blurred by partially-planned freedom. Taking into consideration the political climate in which they composed their pieces, one might risk the claimed that the desire for freedom was one of the driving forces behind their work — and at once a quality of Polish music in general.

Jagoda Szmytka is a young Polish composer.