Mint of Poland
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse : At the bottom on the right – an image of the Eagle established as the State emblem of the Republic of Poland. In the centre – a stylised image of the “Astigmatic” album sleeve, featuring Krzysztof Komeda’s proile with letters A and B arranged around it. At the top of the sleeve – inscriptions: “Polish/jazz” and “ASTI GMATI C/Komeda”. On the let – a perpendicular inscription: “RZE CZPOSPOLIT A/10 ZŁPOLSKA” (Republic of Poland). At the bottom on the let – the notation of the year of issue “2010”. At the bottom –inscription “KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA”. The Mint’s mark “M/W” – under the Eagle’s let leg.
Reverse: Stylised silhouettes of musicians playing the piano, the double bass, the drums, the saxophone and the trumpet. On the let – a perpendicular inscription: “HISTORI A POLSKIEJ” (History of Polish). At the top – inscription: “MUZYKI ROZRYWKOWEJ” (Popular Music).
A brief annotation
Krzysztof Komeda was a jazz musician and composer, writer of film scores and a leading igure in modern jazz both in Poland and Europe. He was the first to introduce modern jazz to film music in a logical and consistent manner, thus setting a new trend in ilm scoring to prevail for decades. Music became inextricably linked with the word, image and silence. In Komeda’s compositions, silence played a role on a par with music in evoking the mood. To grasp the creative genius and unique personality of the artist, the term “the Komeda phenomenon” is used most frequently today.