Ricordanza per archi
The Italian word in the title, ricordanza, means “recollection” or “memory.” It is matched by a Polish highlander motto the composer put in the score (adapting it to literary standards): “The lads were here / but now are gone / and we’ll be gone too / we’ll be gone soon.” The title and the motto suggest that we listen to the string orchestra as though it were a replica of a highlander band (like in the earlier Orawa) and look for nostalgic moods in the music.
Nostalgic and dreamlike – like a distant memory – are qualities that could be ascribed to chord episodes resembling those from the Choral Prelude. In the introductory part of the work, this thread is contrasted with sharp double notes and chords played in a highland manner. Both ideas are decidedly static. Highland-style playing also appears in the central section of the piece. Its impressive liveliness resembles similar moods from the music of Bartók and of Grażyna Bacewicz, who was a friend of Kilar. The culmination reached in this section tapers off fairly quickly and paves the way for the final chorale, again with distinct echoes of highland music, this time the characteristic vocal music. The final lines of the solo strings sound like a lyrical reminiscence of Orawa.