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Universal Prayer

Important cantata in Panufnik’s oeuvre, with an ecumenical message. A work in which for the first time the composer used a strictly symmetrical formal structure combined with a musical language limited to the maximum and based on a three-note cell of E-F-B (see also Interval cell). The premiere of the work in 1970 in New York City was conducted by Leopold Stokowski, a great advocate of the composer’s music. It was also the first composition performed in Poland in 1977 after the ban on Panufnik’s works was lifted.