A departure from church traditions

The external stimulus for Beethoven to write the Missa solemnis was the desire to gain favor with Archduke Rudolf Habsburg, which he hoped would give him support.

Composer and violinist

Grażyna Bacewicz, after whom (and her brother Kiejstut) the Academy of Music in Łódź is named, had very close ties to this city.

Rothko and the cello

Dominik Połoński is the only cellist in the world who plays this instrument using only one arm. He has proven that four open strings are sufficient to create interesting music – as its value is not measured by the number of pitches, but by what the artist can communicate to the audience.