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Tadeusz Baird

Tadeusz Baird

Tadeusz Baird

*26 VII 1928 Grodzisk Mazowiecki, †2 IX 1981 Warszawa

Tadeusz Baird began to study composition during the German occupation of Poland during World War II. Initially a student of Bolesław Woytowicz and Kazimierz Sikorski, he continued his studies after the war - between 1947 and 1951 - with Piotr Rytel and Piotr Perkowski at the State College of Music (currently the Music Academy) in Warsaw. He also studied piano performance under T. Wituski and musicology for three years at the University of Warsaw. He was one of the initiators and creators of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music, first held in 1956. In 1974 he began to teach composition at the State College of Music (currently the Music Academy) in Warsaw. He was promoted to full professor and became head of the composition department in 1977. He won numerous distinctions for his achievements in Poland and abroad.

Among Polish composers of contemporary music, Tadeusz Baird was distinguishable for the deep respect he retained for tradition. This was manifested in his highly subtle referencing of the music of past ages - Baird demonstrated special admiration for Romantic, Baroque, and Renaissance music. The composer rendered his own compositions archaic by using early melodic phrases, but nevertheless created works that were highly effective in less tangible spheres - through emotion, impression, expression. His precisely and meticulously structured chords ring with exceptional beauty and his juxtaposition of musical timbres demonstrates unparalleled taste. Far from abandoning a modern compositional language, he rather deftly combined it with traditional musical elements. The entirety of Baird's music is very strongly lyrical, a trait that is most clearly manifested in the fully developed melodic lines, which are song-like in the best sense of the term. 


 

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