- Maria Pomianowska with the Ensemble
Nobody questions the fact that the uniqueness of Moniuszko's works is largely due to the inspiration from folk music. Customarily, however, these phenomena function in different contexts and belong to different performance traditions. The programme, created in 1995 by Maria Pomianowska, was born out of a desire to break this stereotype. It is a completely new perspective reducing folk music and Moniuszko's songs to a common denominator. In addition to works by the outstanding composer arranged and performed on original folk instruments, the project presents unique songs, oberek, kujawiak and polka from the Masovian lowlands using unusual instruments. These are songs whose echoes we hear in Moniuszko's compositions - the ones that could have been an inspiration for his work.