Tadeusz Baird

Born on 26 July 1928 in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, died 2 September 1981 in Warsaw.
Tadeusz Baird began to study composition during the German occupation of Poland during World War II. Initially a student of Boleslaw 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. One year earlier he had been chosen to chair the Polish section of the SIMC. In 1979 he became a member of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin.

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. There is a work by Tadeusz Baird that encompasses all the mentioned characteristics in their full form. The work in question is the moving, beautiful 4 SONETY MILOSNE DO SLOW WILLIAMA SZEKSPIRA / 4 LOVE SONNETS TO WORDS BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE for baritone and orchestra, written in 1956. There is little or no other music today that is as deeply lyrical, strangely expressive, and ultimately so intensely subjective.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1956 Four Love Sonnets 4.50 stars CD
baird Comments:
For Baritone and Orchestra
Based on texts by Shakespere

Adam Kruszewski - Baritone
Polish Broadcast Orchestra cond.Wojciech Michniewski

1958 Four Essays 4.00 stars LP
Baird Comments:
Warsaw National Symphony Orchestra cond. Witold Rowicki
1959 Expressions for Violin and Orchestra 4.00 stars LP
Baird Comments:
Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin
Warsaw National Symphony Orchestra cond. Witold Rowicki
1962 Variations without a Theme 4.00 stars LP
baird Comments:
Warsaw National Symphony Orchestra cond. Witold Rowicki
1963 Epiphany Music 4.00 stars CD
baird Comments:
Polish Broadcast Orchestra cond.Wojciech Michniewski
1967 Four Novelettes for chamber orchestra 4.00 stars CD
baird Comments:
Polish Broadcast Orchestra cond.Wojciech Michniewski
1968 Five Songs 4.00 stars CD
baird Comments:
Elzbieta Panko - Mezzo-soprano
Polish Broadcast Orchestra cond.Wojciech Michniewski
1980 Canzone 4.00 stars CD
baird Comments:
Polish Broadcast Orchestra cond.Wojciech Michniewski