Musiquette 1 op. 22
The composition of Górecki’s next instrumental cycle was completed in 1967 – written, as with Genesis, for a varied and atypical line-up of performers. These pieces were called simply and perhaps rather perversely Musiquettes (Muzyczki in Polish, for“little” or “trifling music”). In the three Musiquettes composed in that year, the composer again focused on sound, but this time not so much on technical matters as on the study of the “character” of sound (his own terminology) and of expressive qualities. La Musiquette No. 1 for two trumpets and guitar offers a very homogeneous, seemingly monotonous sound. This impression is enhanced by the repetitive character of lively trumpet phrases, performed against the rhythmic-acoustic background of constant single-stroke guitar accompaniment. The composer dedicated La Musiquette No. 1 to his professor, Bolesław Szabelski, on his 70th birthday, but after some time he withdrew the piece from the catalogue of his works. The Polish Radio archive has preserved a recording of this work.