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date: 22 August 2019

Kulenty, Hannalocked

  • Adrian Thomas

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(b Białystok, March 18, 1961). Polish composer. She studied composition in Warsaw with Kotoński (1981–5) and in The Hague with Louis Andriessen (1986–8), and was fellow of the Deutscher akademischer Austauschdienst in Berlin in 1990–91. The recipient of many commissions, her works have frequently been performed in Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.

Kulenty established the essential parameters of her compositional practice while still a student: works such as Ad unum and Sesto contain percussive rhythm and iterative gestures, while formally they carry a sense of momentum. The clarity of her writing – which varies from unison pedal points to differently paced musical strata, as in Trigon (1989) – is largely the realization of a compositional strategy, the ‘polyphony of arcs’. Overlapping or in sequence, these determine small- and large-scale events, and are governed, for example, by chordal progressions, timbral effects or emotional intensity. Much of her material draws on phenomena such as inhalation-exhalation and spectral harmony (examples of the latter can be found in ...

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