Little Ballad for orchestra
for small symphony orchestra, 1950, 5'
Little Ballad for orchestra, 1950, 7'
The Labour Song for orchestra, 1950, 3'
Warsaw Serenade for orchestra, 1950, 4'
March for orchestra, 1950, 3'
These short compositions were found in the archives of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, with the first two surviving in recordings made in 1950 and the others being recorded in 2006, on the basis of the manuscript discovered in the Polish Radio Library. Unfortunately, we know very little about these short pieces; the composer did not include them in the catalogue of his compositions, nor did he mention them in his autobiography.
It seems that they must have been commissioned by the Polish Radio as illustrations to radio programmes. All are illustration-like, clearly song-like. Romance and Little Ballad, for example, are atmospheric and nostalgically lyrical, while The Labour Song emerges as a diametrically different, energetic march, a kind of orchestral mass song, a fact indicated by the title. Its march-like nature is emphasized by the vivid, ostinato-like piano accompaniment.
That all of these compositions must have been utilitarian is suggested by their simple, stanzaic structure as well as the musical language used by the composer: tonal, marked by a clear melodic line, with colour being added by the orchestral accompaniment.The available information suggests that only Romance was performed in public, as its recording was made during a concert on 22 August 1950 at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stefan Rachoń.