KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA "Memory of Bach"
MEMORY OF BACH
This composition by Krzysztof Komeda and Jerzy Milian, based on an invention by Bach, was created by chance in April 1956 when members of Komedas sextet were rehearsing for their debut at the first Sopot Jazz Festival. It was Komedas first attempt at composition. The piece had its premiere in S opot in August 1956, and the recording on this CD was made the following day, for the 4-minute film by Andrzej Munk which was included in Film Chronicle. This was the only time the piece was recorded Komeda didnt perform it in later years.
Komeda dedicated this composition to his wife, Zofia. It was premiered at Jazz Jamboree in 1961, and in 1962 it was included in the soundtrack for Roman Polanskis film Knife in the Water, with Bernt Rosengren from Sweden on saxophone. The recording on this CD was made at the Montmartre jazz club in Copenhagen during Komedas Scandinavian tour in May 1964.
II (ROMAN TWO)
This is one of Komedas earliest pieces, composed in Cracow in 1958, during his Cracow period. Its one of the Komeda pieces most often played by other musicians. The recording on this CD was made at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree in 1963.
AFTER THE CATASTROPHE
This piece was written in Cologne, Germany in 1967, during the making of the record of jazz and poetry called Meine Susse Europaische Heimat. The version on this CD is the studio recording made for Polish Radio in November the same year. The first recording was a musical illustration of a poem with the same title by Czeslaw Milosz. Milosz was one of the poets banned in Poland in the 1960s, and writing music to his poetry required considerable political courage from Komeda.