Maria Drewniakówna

Soprano singer, born in 1908, received her education in Stanisławów, Warsaw, and Lviv. Around 1936 she began her collaboration with the Polish Radio. She delighted listeners with the beauty of her voice and clarity of musical interpretation. Her wide repertoire comprised European and Polish Romantic song, but she became famous for her performances of songs by Szymanowski and pieces by contemporary composers. She gave many world premieres, including performances of works by Bacewicz, Malawski, Rudziński, and Panufnik. A large part of her repertoire was recorded by the Polish Radio.

Maria Drewniakówna performed songs by Witold Lutosławski numerous times. On December 8, 1947, at a concert in Cracow broadcast on the radio, she performed his Songs of the Polish Underground, written during the occupation at the request of the Polish resistance movement called Armia Krajowa (Home Army). She took part in a world premiere of two children's songs to words by Tuwim, "The Late Nightingale" and "About Mr. Tralaliński" in an authored version for chamber orchestra performed with the Orchestra of the Polish Radio under Stefan Rachoń. At a concert of the Polish Music Festival in 1951 she gave the first performance of the Silesian Triptych along with the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (WOSPR) under the direction of Grzegorz Fitelberg.

In recognition of her work in disseminating Polish music, she received the Prize of the PWM Edition in 1947. On the day of her hundredth birthday, May 13, 2008, she received the honours of the Gold Medal Meritorious in Culture - Gloria Artis.

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