was a Polish
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singer, songwriter, composer, and lyricist
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Born in Zamość, he studied architecture at Cracow University of Technology
Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology is a university located in downtown Kraków, Poland, established in 1946 and, as an institution of higher learning granted full autonomy in 1954....
. Here he met the composer Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz
Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz is a Polish composer and musician, known for his collaboration with Marek Grechuta and his compositions for stage and film.-Biography:...
, with whom he founded the student cabaret Anawa in 1967. In the same year he was awarded second place in the VI National Contest of Student Musicians (VI Ogólnopolski Konkurs Piosenkarzy Studenckich) and also received an award for Tango Anawa, with lyrics by him and music by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz. Since 1968 he would win several awards at the Festival of Polish Music in Opole. In 1969 he played a minor role in Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda is a Polish film director. Recipient of an honorary Oscar, he is possibly the most prominent member of the unofficial "Polish Film School"...
's film Polowanie na muchy (Hunting Flies). In 1971 he left Anawa and founded the band WIEM (W Innej Epoce Muzycznej, In a Different Musical Epoch).
Grechuta scored a large number of popular hits, with his songs often characterized by use of poetic and literary elements. He co-authored, along with P. Birula and K. Szwajgier, the music for Exodus (written by L. A. Moczulski) at the STU Theatre in Kraków (1974), and co-wrote the musical adaptation of Stanisław Witkiewicz's Szalona lokomotywa (The Crazy Locomotive) with K. Jasiński and J. K. Pawluśkiewicz in 1977. In 2003 he collaborated with the group Myslovitz
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and re-recorded their older song Kraków. His song Dni, których nie znamy (The Days We Don't Know Yet) is the anthem of the football club Korona Kielce
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Marek Grechuta died in 2006 being outlived by his wife Danuta (whom he married in 1970) and son Łukasz. He is buried in the Rakowicki Cemetery
Rakowicki Cemetery is one of the best known cemeteries of Poland, located in the centre of Kraków. It lies within the Administrative District No. 1 Stare Miasto meaning "Old Town" – not to be confused with the historic Kraków Old Town further west...
- 1970 Marek Grechuta & Anawa (eng. Marek Grechuta & Anawa)
- 1971 Korowód (eng. Procession)
- 1972 Droga za widnokres (eng. Road Beyond the Horizon)
- 1974 Magia obłoków (eng. Magic of the Clouds)
- 1977 Szalona lokomotywa (eng. Crazy Locomotive)
- 1979 Pieśni M. Grechuty do słów Tadeusza Nowaka (eng. Grechuta's Songs to Tadeusz Nowak's Lyrics)
- 1981 Śpiewające obrazy (eng. Singing Pictures)
- 1984 W malinowym chruśniaku (eng. In the Raspberry Brushwood)
- 1987 Wiosna – ach, to ty! (eng. Spring – Oh, It's You!)
- 1989 Krajobraz pełen nadziei (eng. Landscape Full of Hope)
- 1993 Jeszcze pożyjemy (eng. We Will Live)
- 1994 Dziesięć ważnych słów (eng. Ten Important Words)
- 1998 Serce (eng. Heart)
- 2003 Niezwykłe miejsca (eng. Unusual Places)
- Sung poetry
Sung poetry is a broad and imprecise music genre widespread in Eastern European countries, such as Poland and the Baltic States, to describe songs consisting of a poem and music written specially for that text. The compositions usually feature a delicate melody and scarce musical background, often...