Ciuciura, Leoncjusz, Polish composer; b. Grodzisk Mazowiecki, July 22, 1930. He studied composition with Tadeusz Szeligowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (1954–60). He founded the music publishing firm Carmina Académica, with which he was active as an editor. In 1960 he received the Minister of Culture and Arts Award, in 1962 first prize in the International Competition for Composers in Prague, and in 1963 third prize in the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition in Katowice. Virtually all of his works are essays in combinatorial permutation with optional instrumental or vocal additions, subtractions, multiplications, or divisions.
Suita warminsko-mazurska (Warmia and Mazury Suite) for Solo Voices and Chorus (1960); Canti al fresco for 9 Women’s Voices and Instrumental Ensemble (1961); Concertino da camera for Chamber Orch. (1961); Ornamenti for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Strings (1963–); Penetracje (Penetrations) for 4 Orch. Groups, 4 Conductors, and Composer (1963–); Emergenza for 2 Choruses, Orch., 3 Conductors, and Composer (1963–); Spirale I per uno for Baritone and 36 Percussion Instruments (1964–) and II for Optional Instrumental Ensemble (2 versions, 1964–); Creatoria I and II for Various Performers (1964–); In infinitum I and II for Various Performers (1964–); Incidenti I for Various Performers (1964–); Rencontre I and II for Various Performers (1964–); Intarsio I and II for Various Performers (1969–); Per 5 for Any Combination of Flute, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon, and Trumpet (1972); Musica for Solo Flute and 8 Instruments (1976).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire