Dear Canadian Friends! Congratulations on a great event – Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel literature prize!
Kindest regards, Wanda
Wednesday 4 September, 7.30pm
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (60 mins)
Ruby Hughes soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs was inspired by a prayer inscribed on the wall of cell no. 3 in the basement of the Gestapo headquarters in Zakopane. The signature of Helena Wanda Blazusiakówna, and the words “18 years old, imprisoned since 26 September 1944″ were written under the prayer.
One of the songs says:
No, Mother, do not weep,
Most chaste Queen of Heaven
Support me always.
“Zdrowas Mario / Ave Maria”
The first performance of the Symphony with the great Polish soprano Stefania Woytowicz and conductor Ernest Bour took place on 4 April 1977 at the Royal International Festival .
M.H. Górecki (1933-2010)
S. Woytowicz (1922-2005)
Stefania Woytowicz and Jerzy Katlewicz present a part of Symphony of Sorrowful Songs:
Once a year on August 1st Warsaw’s residents pay homage to the fallen heroes who fought for freedom in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. The largest rebellion against German Nazi occupation during WW II, it cost over 200 000 lives and destruction of the capital.
Dedicated to tkmorin and my international readers.
Shortly after my announcement of a long break in writing my blog, I have received a new award nomination from tkmorin, a creator of a brilliant blog on the subject of history of Canada.
What a wonderful coincidence: thank you, friend! As before, after the nomination by Stephanie and by Marcela, I haven’t had time to implement the necessary procedure required in such situation. However, I’ve decided to thank you in a different, rather unusual way.
I’m extending to you, tkmorin, a virtual invitation to Poland with a photo showing the Poland Travel Guide Polska / Poland with my favourite wooden Polish birds perching on top of the book.
I am truly happy to be a member of the blogger’s society. It means so much to me for a reason completely inconceivable to citizens of the free world. For a long time I lived in a communist state, practically without open borders. Many years ago meeting people from other lands in Poland was almost a miracle for a humble citizen, and talking to them—hard or quite impossible due to our poor knowledge of foreign languages. This has been changing slowly at first, and recently much more quickly. In spite of this change, however, I continue to be amazed that I am able to ‘talk’ to so many people all over the world, from each continent (excluding Antarctica), from over 60 countries , and that they are reading my blog. So this blog at wordpress.com is like a magic carpet from a beautiful tale. You can see a part of it below under the title A Whole New World:
Of course I am not a beautiful, young princess, but sometimes I feel like a girl flying through the skies, gazing at the following people (in the alphabetical order, with the exception of tkmorin) :
Agroekonomija from Serbia
Andrzej from Poland
Bente from Norway
Cheyenne from US
Chris from Indonesia
Elisabeth from France
Jan from Belgium
Joseph from India
Katy from Czech Republic
Martha from Italy
Marsha from US
Micheline from Canada
Ralph from Spain
Maria and Tim from US
Marcela from US
Uzoma from Nigeria
Rebecca from Canada
Przemysław from Poland
Sigoese from Indonesia
Stephanie from US
Razca from Romania
Wendy from US
Virginia from US
Volfee from Poland …
It’s a never-ending list; I have to stop!
Once more: so long, everybody!
I have received two new nominations for blogosphere awards. I’m sending my warmest greetings to the two persons who themselves have created great blogs and who recently have nominated me for lovely awards. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to:
Unfortunately, because at the moment I am involved in several complex projects at my museum and at home, I have no time to implement nomination procedures. Instead I have decided to present a special gift to my most favourite bloggers. It is a MADELEINE .
On this photo you can see the madeleines I baked myself for a gathering of my Polish friends who meet at the museum to discuss literature. Since on this particular occasion we talked about Marcel Proust I presented them with these famous little pastries, which they ate with gusto! Some time ago I have written in this blog about madeleines, invented in the Polish king Stanislaw Leszczynski’s kitchen:
So, did you get my madeleine? Can you taste its flavour? Enjoy. You may sip some of Marcel Proust’s lime blossom tea as well; they go well together.
See you later, my friends. I will be very busy this summer but I will try to come back as soon as possible.
With kind greetings,