Studies composed by

Edward Pallasz

(Poland, 30.08.1936 - 22.12.2019)

Born on 30th August 1936 in Starogard Gdański

At ChessComposer Blogspot we can read:

In chess composition Edward Pałłasz was mostly known for his pawn studies, but he was also a renowned music composer.

(check his page on the Polish Music Information Centre webpage).


Also at this website in Polish language a long obituary about him.

A bit copied from it:

After graduating from the Mechanical and Technical Faculties of the Gdańsk and Warsaw Universities of Technology (1953-58), he studied musicology at the University of Warsaw, which he completed in 1964.

He was a self-taught composer. Between 1954 and 1962, he worked in student theatres in Gdańsk (Bim-Bom) and Warsaw (STS). His first theatrical music compositions come from this period. From 1964 to 1966, he was the music manager of the Komedia Theatre in Warsaw. Between 1969 and 1975, he lectured at the Faculty of Drama Directing at the State Higher School of Theatre in Warsaw.

Edward Pałłasz was a laureate of many competitions. He received the Prix de Musique Folklorique of Radio Bratislava (1973) for Łado, Łado for lute or guitar and 24 voices (1973) and six times the first prize: in 1974 at the Polish Radio Competition for Pod Borem Czarna Chmura (Black Cloud Near the Forest, trans. MG) for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, in 1976 at the Grzegorz Fitelberg Composition Competition in Katowice for his Symphony 1976, in 1984 at the Guido d’Arezzo Composers’ Competition in Arezzo for De Beata Virgine Maria Claromontana per coro misto, in 1988 at the Karol Szymanowski Composition Competition for Trzy Pieśni Kaszubskie for mixed choir (Three Kashubian Songs, trans. MG), in 1990 at the Trento Competition for Brandelli di cielo for women’s choir (1988) and in 1991, at the Jan Maklakiewicz Composition Competition for Dziewczyna O Perłowych Włosach (Girl with Pearl Hair, trans. MG) for orchestra.

Moreover, in 1979 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for his work for children, in 1986 – Polish Radio and Television President’s Award for his compositional work for radio, in 1989 – Frist Degree Award of the Minister of Culture and Art and in 2005 – the Grand Honorary Splendor of the Polish Radio.

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He was the vice-president (1984-1988, 1997-2003) and president (1988-1993 and from 2003 to 2009) of the ZAiKS Authors’ Association. Between 1981 and 1996, he held a seat on the Repertoire Committee of the 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival. From 1979 to 1997, he was a member of the General Board of the Polish Composers’ Union (from 1979 to 1981 as the treasurer, and from 1981 to 1983 as the vice-president). He was a co-founder of the Consultative Committee of Creative Associations and Scientific Societies (1980) and a member of the Cultural Council advising Polish President Lech Wałęsa. In the years 1995 to 1998, he was the director of the Polish Radio Two. He was also the Deputy General and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (1999-2012). From 2010 to 2013, he chaired the Programme Council of the Polish Radio and was its member until 2016. Since 2013, he served as the Chairman of the Council of the ZAiKS Authors’ Association.

Edward Pałłasz has been awarded the Commander’s Cross, Commander’s Cross with Star, Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gold Cross of Merit, Medal of the Commission of National Education, Meritorious Cultural Activist Medal, Honorary Badge of the Capital City of Warsaw, and Silver Medal and Honorary Badge of the ZAiKS Authors’ Association.

In 2018, Iskry publishing house published an autobiographical book by Edward Pałłasz entitled Na Własną Nutę (To My Own Note, trans. MG)


(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden (HHdbVI))