Bury, Edward

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Bury, Edward

Bury, Edward, Polish composer and teacher; b. Gniezno, Sept. 18, 1919; d. Kraków, Feb. 13, 1995. He studied composition with Sikorski and conducting at the Warsaw Cons. (1937–44). From 1945 to 1954 he taught at the Kraków State Higher School of Music. He publ. books on conducting (1961) and score reading (1971).


orch.:Czech Fantasy for Piano and Orch. (1948); Little Suite (1950); Triptych (1952); Violin Concerto (1954); Concert Overture (1954); Suita giocosa (1956); Maski (Masks), fantastic suite (1957); 8 syms.: No. 1, Symfonia wolnosci (Freedom Sym.; 1960), No. 2 for 6 Concertante Instruments and Orch. (1962), No. 3, Mówi Prezydent John F. Kennedy (President John F. Kennedy Speaks) for Male Speaker, Women’s Speaking Chorus, Mixed Chorus, and Orch. (1964), No. 4, De timpani a tutti, for Bass, Chorus, Tape, and Orch. (1966–67), No. 5, Bohaterska (Heroic; 1969), No. 6, Pacem in terris, to a text from the encyclical of Pope John XXIII, for Narrator, Church Bells, and Orch. (1972), No. 7 (1977), and No. 8 (1980).other: Chamber music; piano pieces; The Millennium Hymn for Chorus and Orch. (1965); choruses.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire