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Zygmunt Konieczny

a native of Krakow, composer, author of literary songs, and theatre and film scores. Born on January 3, 1937 in Krakow, he has been connected with the city ever since. In the years 1956-1962, he studied at the Music Academy Composition Department. He made his debut in 1959 at the Piwnica Pod Baranami Cabaret (The Basement under the Rams), with which he established strong ties lasting until 1967. At that time, he composed many songs for the Cabaret performers, specifically for Ewa Demarczyk. Zygmunt Konieczny's artistic work is a remarkable phenomenon: he composed music for over 50 theatre performances, about 100 feature films, short films, television films and several dozen songs, (the author himself is not able to remember them all). Some of his pieces dating back to the Ewa Demarczyk period have unique compositions. Music for theatre performances is a special chapter in Zygmunt Konieczny's artistic life. His most outstanding pieces were composed for such plays as: Summer Night's Dream, Dziady (Forefathers' Eve), Liberation directed by K. Swinarski; Demons, November Night, Dybuk, Excommunication directed by A. Wajda; The Cherry Orchard, Portrait, Seagull directed by J. Jarocki; To Bite the Dust directed by T. Łomnicki; Hamlet, The Undivine Comedy directed by K. Nazar; The Master and Margaret, The Ascension directed by J. Englert; Description of Customs directed by M. Grabowski. His music has always been an integral part of a spectacle, co-creating a stage production and sometimes playing a dominating part. Zygmunt Konieczny collaborated with many directors, writing music for such films as: Escape from the "Freedom" Cinema by W. Marczewski; The Potato Funeral, The Story of the Movies in Popielawy, Pornography directed by J.J. Kolski; Lava, How Far It Is and Yet How Near, The Issa Valley by T. Konwicki. In recent years, Konieczny has created a big music format, among others The Warsaw Uprising, Wyspiański According to Konieczny, My heart Will Go On to S. Wyspiański works. The artist has won many Polish and international prizes.