A Silesian from Lviv, but a Silesian – Wojciech Kilar, one of the greatest contemporary Polish composers, said about himself. In fact his life is linked to Silesia, particularly with Katowice, though he was born on July 17, 1932 in Lviv. Speaking about the years of his childhood, the composers remembered „a beautiful, miraculous Polish town and,” he added, „these are not just my purely personal feelings arising from the fact that I am from Lviv. I know people who have seen the world, seen Rome, Paris, London, New York, Athens (...) and have visited Lviv for the first time and said ‘My God, we did not know that you came from such a wonderful city. It's the most beautiful, the greatest Polish city.’ (Klaudia Podobińska, Leszek Polony„Cieszę się darem życia”, 1997)

After the forced deportation of Poles from Lviv in 1944 he lived for a short time in Rzeszów, where he made ??contact with someone he himself said was a great musician, a pianist and at the same time a great man, professor Kazimierz Mirski. Mirski advised the young pianist to take up composition and first introduced him to the music of Ravel, Debussy and Szymanowski. („Nowiny”, June 24, 1998). As a fifteen-year-old, he also had his first success as a composer in Rzeszów, receiving second prize for his performance of his own "Two Children’s Miniatures" in the Competition of Young Talents. Recalling that period the composer said: “Thank God for Rzeszów, that wonderful Polish city.”

 

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