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Henryk Gorecki

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (born December 6, 1933 in Czernica, Silesia, Poland. Died 12 November 2010 in Katowice, Poland)was a Polish composer of classical music. Though his earlier work in the late 1950s and 1960s were characterised by adissonant modernism influenced by Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen and contemporaries Krzysztof Penderecki andKazimierz Serocki, he moved in the mid 1970’s towards a ‘pure’ sacred minimalist sound encapsulated by the 1976Symphony No. 3. Gorecki has since progressed through several distinct styles, from the reverence of Beatus Vir (1979), tothe medita ...read more

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (born December 6, 1933 in Czernica, Silesia, Poland. Died 12 November 2010 in Katowice, Poland)was a Polish composer of classical music. Though his earlier work in the late 1950s and 1960s were characterised by adissonant modernism influenced by Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen and contemporaries Krzysztof Penderecki andKazimierz Serocki, he moved in the mid 1970’s towards a ‘pure’ sacred minimalist sound encapsulated by the 1976Symphony No. 3. Gorecki has since progressed through several distinct styles, from the reverence of Beatus Vir (1979), tothe meditative Miserere (1981), to the spiritualism of Good Night (1990).

He was married to pianist Jadwiga Ruranska and has two children - Anna, also a pianist, and Mikołaj, a composer.

Attending the Katowice State Higher School of Music from 1952, Gorecki studied under the composer Bolesłav Szabelski, aformer student of Karol Szymanowski. His first public performances were held in Katowice in February 1958, and showedclear influence from both Szymanowski and Bartók. By 1961 he had progressed to the modernism of Webern, Xenakis andBoulez and was at the forefront of the Polish avant-garde, with his Symphony No. 1 gaining international acclaim at the ParisBiennial Festival of Youth.

While continuing his studies in Paris, Górecki was influenced by contemporary composers such as Anton Webern, OlivierMessiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen, composers which were at the time suppressed by the Polish government. « hide

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LPs
String Quartet No. 3 "...songs are sung"
2005

4.5
1 Votes
Miserere, Op. 44
1981

Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, op. 40
1980

3.8
3 Votes
Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
1976

4.4
132 Votes
Compilations
Miserere
1994

3.1
4 Votes
String Quartets No. 1 & 2, Ops. 62 & 64
1993

3.1
4 Votes

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