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Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

 1933 - 2010Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki Photo: © Copyright Gerry Hurkmans


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Henryk Mikolaj Górecki made his reputation as a leader of Polish avant-garde in the late 1950s From 1970s his music employed monumental structures built from simple modal materials * Works inspired by folk and religious influences * Emotional power and clarity of music has attracted a wide public following, boosted by record breaking sales of discs on the Nonesuch label * Much-loved choral works include Totus Tuus (1987) * Music is favoured by many distinguished choreographers * Works performed by world's leading orchestras, Kronos Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Schoenberg Ensemble, and soprano Dawn Upshaw

Works by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki include:
Old Polish Music (1967-69) for brass and strings
Already it is Dusk (1988), Quasi una Fantasia (1991) and ...songs are sung (1995) for string quartet
Kleines Requiem für eine Polka (1993) for ensemble

"Górecki is meticulous in even the tiniest of compositional details, and this rare and powerful sense of colour and timing places his music in a rather special category." — CD Review

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