Professionally one of the busiest composers in today’s Poland, Pawel Mykietyn writes music for traditional chamber, orchestral and vocal-instrumental forces as well as for the modern electronic media. His collaboration with the cult theatre director Krzysztof Warlikowski has continued for more than twenty years, and he also works on specific projects with other Polish stage celebrities, such as e.g. Grzegorz Jarzyna. Since 2000 he has also provided music for the silver screen, winning four Golden Lions at Gdynia Film Festival and two Eagles – Polish Film Awards between 2004 and 2014 as the author of soundtracks for such films as Mariusz Trelinski’s The Egoist, Malgorzata Szumowska’s Stranger, 33 Scenes from Life, Sponsoring, In the Name Of…, Andrzej Wajda’s Sweet Rush and Walesa: Man of Hope, as well as Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing and 11 Minutes. In just one decade Mykietyn achieved in this field more than his colleagues associated permanently with the film industry have accomplished in their entire lifetime. Mykietyn is also the music director of Warsaw’s Nowy Theatre and the artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival ‘Music on the Heights’ in Zakopane. He serves on the juries of numerous competitions for composers and advises many young composers on their work. Like it or not (and frequently it may not quite be to the composer’s liking), Pawel Mykietyn has become a real one-man institution, even though he has only recently turned 45…
Commissioned by the Polish Composers’ Union for its 60th anniversary, Symphony No. 2 was largely completed in the late spring of 2007 in Kuznica on the Hel Peninsula, where the composer spends several weeks every year. The work was dedicated to Teresa Krajewska, in whose house Mykietyn always rents the same apartment with a terrace and a mystical view of the church, the Baltic Sea and the Bay of Puck. The Symphony was first performed on 23rd September 2007 during the inaugural concert of the 50th jubilee edition of the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice (PNRSO) under the baton of one of Europe’s best experts on contemporary music performance – Reinbert de Leeuw.
Written for Poland’s best flautist of the young generation, Lukasz Dlugosz, and premiered on 29th November 2013 at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lódz by the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra under Wojciech Rodek, the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra is Mykietyn’s fifth instrumental concerto after the Piano Concerto (1996), Cello Concerto (1997), Harpsichord Concerto (2002) and Klave (2004) for microtonally tuned harpsichord and chamber orchestra. In the Flute Concerto the idea of continual modification (here: deceleration) of tempi has been developed to a hitherto unprecedented extent. It is most likely owing to the strong focus on the manipulation of time that the harmonic aspect has been consciously marginalised (though not completely obliterated). In Mykietyn’s earlier works, it was harmony that provided the ‘stem cells’ of the composer’s music.
transl. Tomasz Zymer