Tadeusz Wielecki

TADEUSZ WIELECKI (1954, Warsaw) studied double bass with Alfred Wieczorek and Andrzej Mysinski and composition with Włodzimierz Kotonski at the Warsaw Academy of Music. A Witold Lutosławski scholar in 1986, he continued his composition studies with Isang Yun in West Berlin and Klaus Huber in Freiburg. As a bassist, Wielecki performs contemporary solo works, giving concerts in a number of European countries, Azerbaijan, and the United States. His compositions are influenced by his experience as a bassist and Wielecki is particularly interested in modifying the traditional technique of playing stringed instruments. He has also been involved in the promotion of contemporary music and artistic education, leading programs on the new music for children and youth in the Polish Radio. In 1992 Wielecki chaired the Artistic Committee of the World’s Music Days of the International Society of Contemporary Music in Warsaw. His Concerto à Rebours for violin and orchestra (also performed on Melos-Ethos 2003) was listed among the recommended works at Unesco’s 1999 International Composers’ Tribune in Paris. In February 2005 he gave lectures at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. Tadeusz Wielecki’s latest orchestral work (Shoals) – commissioned by the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Austria – has been included in the programme of the event (September, 2005). Since 1999 Tadeusz Wielecki has been the artistic director the world-known The Warsaw Autumn international festival of contemporary music.

Works (selection): Nocturne for a capella mixed choir (1979), Music for Clarinet (1979), Tango for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1980), Misterioso for percussionist-actor (1980), A Week for recorder, percussion, piano and double bass (1980), Serious Music for violin, trombone and percussion (1981), Melody with Accompaniment for chamber ensemble (1981), Opened Series I–IV, pieces for double bass solo (1982–85), Ductus for small string orchestra and harpsichord (1986), Chamber Poem for two violins, double bass and piano (1986), Badrulbudura for percussionist and actor (1988), Opened Series V for double bass solo (1988), Counting Game for 4 speaking musicians (1990), Metaphysical Ballad for chamber orchestra (1990), Two Questions and One Guess for chamber orchestra (1992), Opened Series VI for double bass solo (1993), From the depths I sing... for wind instruments, strings and percussion (1993), Beggar’s Ballad for chamber ensemble (1994), Egocentric Poem for amplified piano and tape (1994–95), Collage-tango for chamber orchestra (1995), A Study of the Gesture for clarinet, piano and cello (1995), ID for orchestra (1996), A Study of the Gesture II for piano (1997), Concerto à Rebours for violin and orchestra (1998), A Study of the Gesture III for clarinet, trombone, piano, cello and double bass (2000), Credo, quia absurdum for tape and female dancer (2001), Time of Stones for chamber ensemble and amplified double bass (2002), Tafle for orchestra (2002), String Quartet (2004), The Whisper of Semitones for double bass and chamber ensemble (2004), Shoals for symphony orchestra (2005).