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Tadeusz Baird

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Tadeusz Baird was born on July 26, 1928 in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, and died on September 2, 1981 in Warsaw. He studied composition privately with Bolesław Szabelski and Kazimierz Rytel during World War II, and later was a student of Piotr Rytel and Piotr Perkowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He studied piano with Tadeusz Witulski, and for three years he studied musicology at Warsaw University. In 1959, 1963, and 1966 he won first prize at the UNESCO International Composer’s Rostrum. Among his other honors, he received the State Award, the City of Cologne Prize, the Polish Composers’ Union Award, the Koussevitzky Prize, the Award of the Andrzej Jurzykowski Foundation in New York, the Honegger Prize, and in 1977 he was named professor of composition at the Academy of Music in Warsaw.

Baird began to compose at a time when new means of musical expression were not well received in Poland. In 1949, he founded “Group 49” along with Kazimierz Serocki and Jan Krenz with an aim to write communicative and expressive music according to the social-realistic ideology of the state. Again with Serocki, Baird founded the “Warsaw Autumn” international contemporary music festival in 1956. Four Love Sonnets and Ballad About a Soldier’s Cup illustrate this period in his creativity well.

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