Alphabet - Wojciech Kilar

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Tatra Mountains

Kilar’s fascination with the Tatra Mountains (the “miniature Alps”) was manifested in many works, including the famous mountain tetralogy of Krzesany, Kościelec 1909, Hoary Fog and Orawa. The composer was not a dedicated mountaineer (unlike Mieczysław Karłowicz at the turn of the 20th century) and did not, in fact, take up mountaineering until he composed Krzesany. His first hikes took him up Kościelec and Czerwone Wierchy, then to the Szpiglasowa and Mięguszowiecka Passes (“There [...] I felt a slight pang of terror, because I had to step over a precipice [...]”). From that moment, the composer regarded himself as “smitten with the Tatras”.