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Warsaw Autumn International Festival to start on Sept. 20

The programme of the inaugural concert on Sept. 20 envisages the world premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's (pictured) Piano Concerto no. 3. Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

'Pneuma - Expanded Reality' is the slogan of this year's 62nd Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, to start in Warsaw on September 20 and run until September 28.

"Pneuma is related air as the centre of sound, where sound is born and through which it moves. Air exists in song, speech, organs, portatives, accordions, other wind instruments and objectophones," the festival director Jerzy Kornowicz told a Friday press conference.

This year's Warsaw Autumn will feature a lot of music "from the air," he added.

The festival audience will have the opportunity to hear 11 compositions performed for the first time in Poland.

The programme of the inaugural concert on Sept. 20 envisages the world premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's Piano Concerto no. 3 – Fragments of Memory with the introduction of French-made unique percussion instruments known as "veme", as well as and Magdalena Długosz's On the Edge of Light, composed for large symphony orchestra with extensive percussion and an electroacoustic sound layer.