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Polish Musical Publishing House joint-stock company (PWM Edition)

Polish Musical Publishing House joint-stock company (PWM Edition)


PWM Edition has already been functioning for sixty years. It is the largest musical publishing house in Poland and a dynamic centre of musical culture development. It continues the traditions of the pre-war Polish Music Society. Its first two directors, Tadeusz Olechowski and Mieczysław Tomaszewski created a flourishing publishing house with a rich publishing programme, and the standard of publications of the highest wolrd level. The cataloque of publications comprises almost two thousend of own titles on permanent sale and hundreds of imported ones. Works for all instruments, instrumental and vocal scores, educational and entertainment publications, scientific and popular books, lexicons and encyclopedias are prevailing positions among its publications. The output of PWM is of great use for those professionally engaged in music: composers conductors, performers, sutudents and a wide circles of music lovers.

The PWM editorial department (of music, books and encyclopaedicpublications) is the most important unit in the publishing house that employs a team of editors, proof-readers, musical typographers. In this department the editorial concept of scores, books and encyclopedias is created and put into life. The editorial department prepares publications comprising a wide range of music issues included in the best, most popular and recognized in Poland and abroad series. The most important are the complete editions of works of Chopin, Moniuszko, Szymanowski and Karłowicz, the editions of Polish old music, scores of contemporary Polish composers as well as Musica Viva - an anthology including the masterpieces of Polish and world music. Within the range of educational literature they can boast a wide spectrum of titles intended for various instruments, comprising repertoire from old to contemporary music, of varying difficulty, addressed to students and teachers. This particular field of activity includes such series as: Instrumental and vocal miniatures, "per strumenti", schools of playing. Mass editions of educational repertoire are continiously enriched and widened with new titles.

Pieces for children, very popular in the country and abroad, mainly by Polish contemporary composers, are published in colourful series with a cat, a little boy,

a dwarf, an elephant, a nightingale, a cricket. An important part of the publishing activity of PWM is taken by books published in many interesting thematic series, such as Music Encyclopaedia PWM, music guides, lexicons, handbooks, music catalogues, thematic catalogues as well as monographies. Recently new series have been initiated: "Polish Composers of the 20th century" and "Ilustrated monographies of great composers", to bring readers closer to the life and creative path of the eminent Polish and foreign artists, old and contemporary. The most recent series entitled "People of the world of music" and including the interviews with the outstanding representatives of Polish musical world - composers, conductors, virtuosos, vocalists, as well as "Music and..." showing the link of music with various aspects of life, are also addressed to the wide circle of readers.

The PWM Edition is an important centre of development of POLISH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. It is there that prominent Polish composers, Penderecki, Lutosławski, Górecki, published their first works. It is PWM Edition that has been publishing the scores, preparing voices for performence and promoting their creative output. Our publishing house was the first to publish such significant compositions as "A Lament to the Victoms of Hiroshima" and "The Passion of St. Lucas" by Krzysztof Penderecki, Funeral music and three Henri Michaux's poems by Witold Lutosławski and III Symphony "Symphony of mournful songs" by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Also other prominent composers published their scores in PWM Editions. Among them there are Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Wojciech Kilar, Marek Stachowski, Zygmunt Krauze, and from among the young generation Aleksandrr Lasoń, Hanna Kulenta, Tadeusz Wielecki. The promotion department of PWM Editions intensly popularizes a great number of compositions by taking part in festivals and concerts in the country and abroad. The department provides all necessary promoting materials: scores, recordings, folders. In the jubilee year 2005 Polish Publishing House was granted a Merit Award of The Polish Composers Association for its services to promotion of Polish contemporary music.

One of the important departments of PWM Edition is the LIBRARY OF ORCHESTRAL MATERIALS for orchestras, choirs, music theatres, baletes and chamber music groups. The library lends materials both for stage performances and for recordings.The Library holds 69993 volumes (including 3945 librettos). Among the titles one can find the whole musical classics: Beethoven's and Brahms's symphonies, Vivaldi's and Mozart's concertos, Puccini's and Verdi's oparas, as well as the works of Polish composers: Moniuszko, Karłowicz, Szymanowski. The basic collection of the library comprises the works of 20th century Polish composers (Lutosławski, Penderecki, Górecki, Kilar), made avaiable for concerts and festivals in the country and abroad. The library pays services to almost 600 home and over 70 foreign institutions. It is also a intermediary between large foreign publishing houses (Theodore Presser from USA, Kalmus from Great Britain, Ricordi from Italy and Editio Musica Budapest from Hungary) and Polish performing groups.



Publisher printed the following Chopin first editions:

Variations in D major on a theme of T. Moore for four hands [op. posth.] (1965), plate number: PWM-5835

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