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Krzysztof Penderecki

One of the best known, most listened to, and most popular composers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Krzysztof Penderecki has undergone a marked evolution in compositional style. After achieving fame with such astringent, often anguished, scores as his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1960) and Passion According to St. Luke (1965), both of which stretched tonal language, Penderecki followed a personal imperative in moving toward more tonal music. As early as 1980, his Symphony No. 2 embraced pre-serialist notions of melody and harmony. This fertile exploration of traditional language has continued to yield rewarding works into the new millennium. Penderecki was given violin and piano lessons as a child. He studied art and literary history and philosophy at the local university while also attending the Krakow Conservatory. He privately studied composition before he entered the Krakow State Academy of Music in 1954.

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Kzysztof Penderecki : Agnus Dei : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : 073999696318 : 49012101

Kzysztof Penderecki : Agnus Dei

Veni Creator, for a cappella choir, was conducted by Penderecki himself when he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Madrid in April 1987. That same year, he received the Karl-Wolf Award from the Israel Wolf-Foundation.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 8773b | Songbook | $4.95 | A Cappella


Kzysztof Penderecki : Song of Cherubim : SSAATTBB : 01 Songbook : 073999682663 : 3795795877 : 49012114

Kzysztof Penderecki : Song of Cherubim

In March 1987 Penderecki's Song of Cherubim for a cappella choir was premiered at a gala concert given in Washington D.C. on the occasion of Mstislav Rostropovich's 60th birthday.

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | 8774b | Songbook | $5.95 | A Cappella

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