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date: 17 August 2019

Skrzypczak, Bettinalocked

  • Patrick Müller


(b Poznań, Jan 25, 1962). Polish composer and musicologist. At the same time as taking her school-leaving examinations she concluded her study of music in Bydgoszcz with a piano diploma. She then attended Poznań Conservatory and University, gaining her diploma in musicology in 1985 and in composition (with Andrzej Koszewski) in 1988. She continued composition studies with Thomas Kessler at the Basle Musikakademie’s Studio for Electronic Music (1988–9), and, at the academy, with Rudolf Kelterborn (1989–92). Besides her activities as a composer she works as a musicologist and music journalist and teaches theory and music history at the Lucerne Conservatory. She is on the board of the Boswil Künstlerhaus Foundation.

The categories of modes of procedure, tonal colour and tonal area are at the heart of Skrzypczak’s composing. The harmonic processes occurring in her works are usually a function of timbre, and this also creates a strong spatial effect in her orchestral works, in a manner reminiscent of the sound techniques of Polish music in the 1960s. In her two concertos, various tonal continuities worked out with a fine feeling for sound are created between the solo instrument and the body of the orchestra. Her procedural developments are often pursued until they break down in chaotic circumstances, before finding their way back into an organized structure. She has won many awards, such as at the Zagreb Biennale in ...

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