Marian Sawa

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Marian Sawa (January 12, 1937 in Krasnystaw – April 27, 2005 in Warsaw) was a Polish composer, organist, improviser, musicologist, and pedagogue.


He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland in Feliks Rączkowski's organ class and Kazimierz Sikorski's composition class.

As a pedagogue he has worked in Warsaw music education at the higher and academic level: J.Elsner Music School, K.Szymanowski Music School, F. Chopin Music Academy and Kardynal Stefan Wyszynski University (theoretical and practical musicology).

He has toured as a soloist and an accompanist around the country and abroad.

He has recorded many LPs and CDs for such companies as Polskie Nagrania, Veriton, Polonia Records, Arston, DUX, Acte Preable.

He is a laureate of many composition prizes, for example, First Prize at the Young Composers Competition ZKP(for Assemblage for orchestra) as well as civil prizes and distinctions (the prizes of the Ministry of Culture and Art, Ministry of National Education).


Marian Sawa has composed around 1,000 pieces, including instrumental, vocal and vocal-instrumental works.

He was a well-known and prolific organ composer (i.e. 5 organ concerts, sonatas, fantasies, preludies, toccatas, passacaglies).

Many of his works evolved from a religious inspiration, including numerous pieces for a mixed choir and a men choir a cappella, but also great cantata-oratorio forms ( Via Crucis, Missa Claramontana, few forms of Magnificat and Stabat Mater). In his music he often recalled gregorian chant, Polish church songs and Polish folklore, sometimes combining them in one piece. Marian Sawa's works has been registered on over 40 Cds by, for example, Acte Preable or Musica Sacra Edition. His organ compositions were performed by Andrzej Chorosiński, Joachim Grubich, Marietta Kruzel Sosnowska, Józef Serafin, Jan Szypowski, Irena Wisełka-Cieślar.

In 2006, on the first anniversary of Marian Sawa's death, there has been a Marian Sawa's Society created, which main goal is the promotion of artist's works, publishing his works as well as organizing concerts and festivals dedicated to his creative activity. After Marian Sawa's death the owners of his works are Aleksandra and Radosław Sawa, who cooperate with the Marian Sawa's Society.