A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER:
If you ever wonder about the “Eastern European” element in my music, it’s right here. I can hear it the most in the vocals, which have this characteristic Polish sound that I remember from my childhood.
The most important piece and the essence of Copernicus’ Star is "Aquarius". It has this unrestrained, free flowing quality that I had hoped for, and it also has the most colorful orchestration I have ever created.
I wanted this score to be like a beautiful, ornate piece of vintage jewelry. Gold, lustrous and magnificent, almost excessive. I wrote it in Los Angeles, remotely collaborating with the directors in Poland. Then, the scoring sessions with an orchestra and a choir took place in Warsaw. The music was very complex, so we spent countless hours in a huge, old-fashioned, communist-era studio, recording, re-recording and polishing all the details.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Copernicus’ Star, a feature-length animation produced by The Animated Films Studio in Bielsko-Biała, Poland and directed by Zdzisław Kudła and Andrzej Orzechowski, is based on the life of Nicolaus Copernicus, a 16th century Polish astronomer whose theory, once and for all, moved the Earth from the center of the Universe to the third place in the Solar System.
original music composed and orchestrated by Abel Korzeniowski
performed by Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cappella Corale Varsaviana Choir
conducted by Maciej Żółtowski (orchestra) and Roman Rewakowicz (choir)
recorded and mixed by Rafał Paczkowski
at Polish Radio Studio S2 in Warsaw, Poland in February 2009
Special thanks to Zdzisław Kudła, Andrzej Orzechowski, Romana Miś, Marta Broczkowska and Mina Korzeniowska