- Adrian Thomas
(b Lwów [now L′viv, Ukraine], Sept 5, 1924; d Kraków, Sept 27, 2008). Polish composer. She studied the piano with Jan Hoffman and composition with Wiechowicz at the Kraków State Higher School of Music (1950–55), where she subsequently taught and from 1987 to 1993 served as rector. Among her awards is a gold medal for Muzyka na smyczki from the International Competition for Women Composers (Buenos Aires, 1962).
Her musical idiom moved from the neo-classicism of the mid-1950s to post-serial pitch organization at the turn of the decade, acknowledging the prevailing Polish interest in texture, aleatorism and new instrumental techniques only in Muzyka na smyczki. She developed a personal amalgam of conservative and radical elements, gradually shedding aspects of her earlier style. There is a lyrical intensity in the slow music, and her exploration of instrumental colour, on both large and small scale, is vividly dramatic in ...