MARIAN SAWA (1937 - 2005)
Marian Sawa was a Polish composer, organist, improviser, and pedagogue. From 1958 to 1968 Sawa studied organ performance with Feliks Rączkowski and composition with Kazimierz Sikorski at the Chopin State Higher School of Music, and between 1956 and 1966 was organist at the Military Church in Warsaw. Between 1966 and 1973 Sawa was co-chairman of The Polish Composer’s Union Youth Department and later, between 1997 and 1999, was artistic director of the Polish Union of Choirs and Orchestras (Mazovian chapter) and a member of the Authors’ Union (ZAiKS) and The Musica Sacra Society.
Marian Sawa’s teaching career began in 1966. He taught organ improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and liturgical accompaniment at many of the great musical establishments in Warsaw. During his lifetime Marian Sawa was awarded numerous prizes and state decorations for both his rich compositional output and his outstanding contributions to education and culture.