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M造narski Wins Golden Scepter
November 5, 2008   
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One of the greatest stage artists in postwar Poland, singer-songwriter and lyricist Wojciech M造narski, has received the Golden Scepter, the highest award from the Foundation of Polish Culture. During an award ceremony Oct. 27 at the Ateneum Theater in Warsaw, the poet and writer of over 3,000 songs gave a brief speech in which he explained that whenever he wrote his lyrics he always tried to engage listeners in a game, seeking to make people think.

The jury praised M造narski for work "filled with extraordinary qualities, shaping the esthetic and ethical sensitivity of several generations of Poles." M造narski said that he had never been "particularly inclined to moralize" in his writing. Instead, he said he wanted to tell and write the truth, to like people and to expose stupidity while preserving "ordinary, human integrity."

Agata M造narska, a well-known Polish TV journalist and M造narski's daughter, said the award was a tremendous experience for the whole family, especially since her father had not really expected the award, as he was "a very modest man."

The night at the Ateneum Theater saw a concert entitled Klasa M造narskiego (The Class of M造narski), during which M造narski's songs were performed by his former students, including Ewa Bem, Marian Opania, Zbigniew Zamachowski and Magda Umer. Generations of Polish people are familiar with the uplifting and down-to-earth songs, parts of which have become part of contemporary Polish language as popular sayings and mottoes.
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