6–10 February

Serocki takes part in a meeting of Polish and Czechoslovakian composers in Zakopane.


12 March

Józef Patkowski and Serocki become deputy chairs of the “Warsaw Autumn” Festival Committee established by the Minister of Culture and Art.

30 May

He receives the 2nd prize for Episodes at the 5th Fitelberg Composers’’ Competition.

5 September

The premiere of Episodes at the National Philharmonic Hall under Stanisław Wisłocki’s baton. The German premiere of the work is part of the “Musica viva” concert cycle in Freiburg.

Episodes performance review

17–25 September

At the 4th “Warsaw Autumn” Jospehine Nandick and Richard Rodney Bennett perform Serocki’s song cycle  Eyes of the Air.

Towards the end of the year the composer begins to write Segmenti  for instrumental ensemble.


Serocki joins the Mutual Assistance Fund established by the Board of the Polish Composers’ Union. 






Serocki is a member of the international jury of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) in Vienna. He is also a member of the national jury in a competition organised by the newly revived Polish Society for Contemporary Music.


During a morning concert devoted to contemporary Polish music at the Contemporary Music Festival in Osaka, Serocki’s Musica concertante is played from a tape. 





22 September

During the 6th “Warsaw Autumn”, the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrzej Markowski premieres Serocki’s Segmenti .

Serocki begins composing a work for piano, A piacere, which represents the concept of open form. 






During the General Assembly of the Polish Composers’ Union Serocki is elected member of the Admissions Committee.

21–29 September

The premiere of A piacere  at the 7th “Warsaw Autumn”. Frederic Rzewski plays the piano.


Serocki leaves for Germany to attend the International Music Festival in Donaueschingen.

The composer is awarded the first prize of the Ministry of Culture and Art for his musical works.

He begins composing Symphonic Frescoes dedicated to Ernest Bour, a French conductor specialising in contemporary music. 





22 July

The premiere of Symphonic Frescoes in Darmstadt featuring the Südwestfunk Orchestra from Baden Baden under Ernest Bour’s baton.

25 September

The first Polish performance of Symphonic Frescoes during the 8th “Warsaw Autumn”. The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Jan Krenz.

2–7 October

Serocki takes part in a meeting of the Boards of the Polish Composers’ Union and the Czechoslovakian Composers’ Union in Warsaw. After Ludwik Erhardt’s lecture on “The problems of Polish music after the war”, the participants listen to a number of Polish compositions, including Serocki’s  First Symphony and  Segmenti .





16 February

The composer officially changes his name. Józef Serocki, son of Franciszek and Bronisława, residing in Warsaw at 10 Powsińska Street, becomes Kazimierz Serocki. The decision is issued by the Internal Affairs Department of the National Council for the Warsaw-Mokotów District.


Symphonic Frescoes ranks third at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

On 3 May Serocki gives a lecture on contemporary Polish music in Beirut, where – invited by “Jeunesses Musicales” – he servers as a jury member during a composers’ competition.

14 June–12 July

Serocki takes part in a summer course, “Meeting Poland”, organised by Folkwang Hochschule Musik-Theater-Tanz in Essen. Works performed there include his Eyes of the Air for voice and piano and A piacere for piano. In addition, he delivers three lectures: A self-portrait of a composer, illustrated with musical examples, The development of Polish music in the first half of the 20th centuryand Musical life in Poland.





Serocki receives the annual prize of the Polish Composers’ Union.

17 September

Niobe , a vocal-instrumental work for two reciters, mixed choir and orchestra, to a poem by Konstanty I. Gałczyński is premiered at the 10th “Warsaw Autumn”. The performers include Zofia Rysiówna and Tadeusz Łomnicki. The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Stanisław Wisłocki. 





21–22 January

During the 14th General Assembly of the Polish Composers’ Union Serocki is again elected member of the Admissions Committee.


Serocki’s Segmenti is performed by Stanisław Wisłocki with local symphony orchestras during his tour of South America (e.g. Montevideo, Caracas, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro).

17 September

Continuum is premiered in Stockholm by the Strasbourg Percussion Group.

Les Percussions de Strasbourg concert pr...
Les Percussions de Strasbourg concert pr...

4–10 October

Serocki takes part in the 39th Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) in Prague.

Otto Tomek, director of the musical department of Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne, commissions Serocki to write a piece dedicated to Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky. This is just one step away from Forte e piano  – music for two pianos and orchestra. 





4 January

Serocki becomes a member of the Repertoire Committee of the “Warsaw Autumn” Festival.

15–20 January

The ISCM jury selects Serocki’s Continuum to be performed during its 40th Festival, which is to take place in Warsaw in autumn in conjunction with the “Warsaw Autumn” Festival.

29 March

Forte e piano– music for two pianos and symphony orchestra is premiered in Cologne by Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky with the Werstdeutscher Rindfunk Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi.

The composer begins to work on a new song cycle – Poems for soprano and chamber orchestra to words by Tadeusz Różewicz – and on Dramatic Story, a work which was first intended to be a ballet. 





1–2 February

For the fourth time Serocki becomes a member of the Admissions Committee of the Polish Composers’ Union, elected during the 15th General Assembly in Warsaw.

22 April

Serocki writes a letter to Stanisław Różewicz, in which he mentions his work on a piece for soprano and orchestra to Różewicz’s four poems. He asks for the poet’s permission to make some small alterations in one of them and to approve the translators into English and German.

Serocki's letter to Tadeusz Różewicz

15 May

The composer becomes a member of the Organising Committee of the “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music.

20–28 September

Poems is premiered at the 13th Warsaw Autumn. It is a German-language version translated into German by Karl Dedecius. The singer is Dorothy Dorow accompanied by the Chamber Ensemble of Teatr Wielki in Warsaw conducted by Jan Krenz.