PIOTR DROŻDŻEWSKI (b 1948 )
Piotr Drożdżewski was born in Zbąszyń, Poland in 1948. Much like Borodin in the nineteenth century, Drożdżewski followed another profession while at the same time pursuing a successful career as a composer. He studied at the Wrocław Academy of Music, graduating in 1977, while also earning a doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Technology, where he became a professor of chemistry. Bach is a leading influence, and Drożdżewski once stated that while he does not “write fugues” in Bach’s style, his aim is nevertheless to “take care of the beauty” of individual voices. His music includes string quartets (1976, 1978, 1981), a Sinfonia da Camera (1980), a Cadenza “Es ist genug” for harpsichord (1982), a Sonata for Two Violins (1983), Novels for piano (1984), Ballade for clarinet and strings (1997), and Cross and Child (a poem for mixed choir, 2006).