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In Honor of All Women

Born in 1909, composer and violinist Grażyna Bacewicz was one of the first women in Poland to become internationally recognized for her musical achievements. She joined the Polish Radio Orchestra as the principal violinist at the age of 27, and she composed more than 100 pieces of music, many of them chamber works featuring the violin, but also 4 symphonies and a dozen concertos for soloist and orchestra. 

Her Suite for Two Violins was premiered in Warsaw in 1942 at a series of secret, underground concerts during World War II. The piece comprises seven short movements, three of which are performed here by Minnesota Orchestra violinists Sophia Mockler and Natsuki Kumagai. 

II. Andante
III. Vivo
VII. Allegro

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