Alphabet - Andrzej Panufnik

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Diagrams

Panufnik used diagrams attached to his scores to present the structures of successive works he composed after 1968. The structures were usually inspired by geometric figures (circles illustrate Sinfonia di Sfere, Sinfonia Mistica and Sinfonia Votiva, with a spiral for Metasinfonia and a mandorla for Cello Concerto) and natural phenomena (a rainbow in Sinfonia di Speranza, a tree in Arbor Cosmica). The rainbow diagram from Sinfonia di Speranza was put on his grave by the composer’s family, as a symbol of hope (see entry below Symmetry).