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The Warsaw Autumn Monument

Skwer Wodiczki

Other Polish composers avoided him. It resulted from a negative attitude towards the cultural policy pursued by the Russians, as the works of the composers delegated to us were almost without exception conventional and traditional, and we expected something other than good craftsmanship at a contemporary music festival. (...) However, I don't think the fact that most of his friends kept him at arm's length troubled him too much.

(Krzysztof Meyer, W cieniu Szostakowicza [In Shostakovitch's Shadow])

The composer and pianist Krzysztof Meyer reporting his meeting with Mieczysław Weinberg during the Warsaw Autumn festival in 1966. Was his arrival to Warsaw after 27 years of absence a success?



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