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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Paweł Mykietyn | Sinfonia Varsovia | Music from Eo


The Sinfonia Varsovia is set to enchant audiences with the award-winning music of the distinguished composer Paweł Mykietyn for the film Eo, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. Mykietyn’s compositions are an integral, organic part of the story of the donkey’s lonely journey through Poland and Europe, which we see from the perspective of the gentle animal. Skolimowski’s masterpiece unfolds as an intimate donkey opera, exploring themes of cruelty, indifference, and the universal yearning for goodness. Skolimowski has created a bravura, surprising and visually innovative road film. It is overcome by an oddball explorer, ready to take blows from the world, but also looking for warmth, security and understanding.

Mykietyn’s music, recognized with prestigious accolades such as the Cannes Soundtrack Award, the European Film Award for music in a feature-length film, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, serves to complement or contrast the unforgettable images from Eo. The soundtrack artfully combines violin instruments with haunting brass and electronics. In an interview with Rafał Zieliński, Mykietyn discussed the unique challenges of creating a soundscape for Eo, “When composing music for a film, I always ask what it’s about, who’s playing, who the character is, what he’s experiencing. Meanwhile, putting an animal in the role totally changes this optics.”  This distinctive approach results in unconventional musical textures and enigmatic sounds that will come to life during a special evening at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Sebastian Smoliński

Paweł Mykietyn, born in 1971 in Oława, Paweł Mykietyn graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in 1997 under the guidance of Professor Włodzimierz Kotoński. A versatile composer, he has created operas, symphonic, chamber, vocal, and electronic works. Since 1996, Mykietyn has been the composer for most of the theater productions directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski. His extensive filmography includes collaborations with renowned directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Małgorzata Szumowska, and Šarūnas Bartas. Over the years, Mykietyn has received numerous awards, including the Prix France Musique Sacem in 2012 for his music in Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing. In 2022, he was honored with the Cannes Soundtrack Award and the European Film Award for the Eo soundtrack.

DATE

April 15 2024

TIME

7:30 PM

MIEJSCE

Warsaw Philharmonic

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