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Henryk Gorecki

Henryk Gorecki

Born: 1933 Died: 2010

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki was a composer of contemporary classical music. He studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice between 1955 and 1960. In 1968, he joined the faculty and rose to provost before resigning in 1979. Goecki became a leading figure of the Polish avant-garde during the post-Stalin cultural thaw. His Webernian-influenced serialist works of the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by adherence to dissonant modernism and drew influence from Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki and Kazimierz Serocki. He continued in this direction throughout the 1960s, but by the mid 1970s had changed to a less complex sacred minimalist sound, exemplified by the transitional Symphony No. 2 and the hugely popular Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). This later style developed through several other distinct phases, from such works as his 1979 Beatus Vir, to the choral 1981 hymn Miserere, the 1993 Kleines Requiem fur eine Polka and his requiem Good Night.

Until 1992, Gorecki was viewed as a remote and fiery figure known only to a few connoisseurs, primarily as one of a number of composers responsible for sparking a postwar renaissance in Polish music. In 1992, 15 years after it was composed, a recording of his Third Symphony, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs-recorded with soprano Dawn Upshaw and released to commemorate the memory of those lost during the Holocaust-became a worldwide commercial and critical success, selling more than a million copies and vastly exceeding the typical lifetime sales of a recording of symphonic music by a 20th-century composer. As surprised as anyone at its popularity, Gorecki said, "Perhaps people find something they need in this piece of music (...) somehow I hit the right note, something they were missing. Something somewhere had been lost to them. I feel that I instinctively knew what they needed." This popular success did not generate wide interest in Gorecki's other works, and he pointedly resisted the temptation to repeat earlier success, or compose for commercial reward.

Apart from two brief periods studying in Paris and a short time living in Berlin, Gorecki spent most of his life in southern Poland.

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Henryk Gorecki : Broad Waters : SATB : 01 Songbook : Henryk Gorecki : 073999158038 : 48004755

Henryk Gorecki : Broad Waters

Review: A collection of Polish folk songs for unaccompanied mixed chorus with piano accompaniment for rehearsal purposes.

Songlist: A ta nasza Narew (Our River Narew), Oj, kiedy na Powislu (When in Pwisle), Oj, Janie, Janie (Oh, Johnny, Johnny), Polne roze rwala (She picked wild roses), Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters

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7281b | Songbook $3.50 | SATB add item to cart Eastern European Choral Arrangements


Henryk Gorecki : Five Kurpian Songs : SATB : 01 Songbook : Henryk Gorecki : 884088444754 : 48020725

Henryk Gorecki : Five Kurpian Songs

Review: Arrangement of folk texts and melodies from Wladyslaw Skierkowski's collection Kurpian Forest in Song. Suitable for intermediate standard choirs.

Songlist: Hey, down the hill, down the hill!, Dark is the night, how dark, Yesterday, my dear, not today, I am a farm-hand from Torun, The storm is coming, it will rain

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7278b | Songbook $11.95 | SATB add item to cart Eastern European Choral Arrangements


Henryk Gorecki : Marian Songs : SATB : 01 Songbook : Henryk Gorecki : 884088452735 : 48020715

Henryk Gorecki : Marian Songs

Review: Selection of five songs from Jan Siedlecki's Church Hymn-book (1878: 1928 edition), in four of which Gorecki faithfully sets the original melodies. Polish text. Suitable for intermediate standard choirs

Songlist: Mother of the Heavenly Lord, Most Holy Mother, Hail Mary, Oh! How sad it is to part, We shall sing your praises for ever and ever

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7279b | Songbook $11.95 | SATB add item to cart Eastern European Choral Arrangements


Henryk Gorecki : The Angelus Bells Are Tolling : SATB : 01 Songbook : Henryk Gorecki : 48020935

Henryk Gorecki : The Angelus Bells Are Tolling

Review: Composed in 1986. Includes an English translation and pronunciation guide for the Polish text. The first performance was given on 5 May 2007 at the Gaude Mater International Festival of Sacred Music, Czestochawa, by the Polish Radio Choir, conducted by Wlodzimierz Siedlik.

Songlist: The Angelus Bells Are Tolling

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7274b | Songbook $4.95 | SATB add item to cart Eastern European Choral Arrangements


Henryk Gorecki : Three Lullabies : SATB : 01 Songbook : Henryk Gorecki : 073999802924 : 48004757

Henryk Gorecki : Three Lullabies

Review: Three Lullabies Opus 49. First performed at the Lerchenborg Festival by Ars Nova, conducted by Bo Holton.

Songlist: Usnijze mi, usnij (Go to sleep, Go to sleep) , Kolyszze sie kolysz (Rock, rock) , Nie piej, kurkke, nie piej (Don't crow, cock, don't crow).

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7280b | Songbook $3.50 | SATB add item to cart A Cappella Lullabies


Swedish Radio Choir : Alfred Schnittke / Henryk Gorecki : 00  1 CD : Henryk Gorecki

Swedish Radio Choir : Alfred Schnittke / Henryk Gorecki

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Songlist: Requiem Aeternam, Kyrie, Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex remedae, Recordare, Lacrimosa, Domine Jesu Christe, Hostias, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Credo, Requiem Aeternam, Henryk Gorecki: Miserere

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7098c | 1 CD $15.98 add item to cart Swedish Choral Music

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