A Polish Renaissance - 2

On political and socio-economic fronts, the 20th century was far from uneventful for Poland. After an unstable interbellum period, World War II claimed around six million Polish victims. This period was also difficult: repression, forced migration and a weak economy. In 1989, with the establishment of the third republic, Poland became a democratic state. Since then the state and living standards have steadily rose.

Even if the period after World War II was not without problems, music culture could find its place in society. In 1945 was the Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, better known as PWM, founded. This music publisher would develop into the most important publisher of Polish music in Poland. Musical style was a subject of repression: only folk music was officially honoured. However, a number of composers found a creative way to handle this limitation.