Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Avant-garde

The Genesis cycle is a good example of how innovative and uncompromising Górecki’s attitude to musical sound once was. His compositions from the early 1960s can still surprise audiences, with their boldness and wealth of techniques. They combine an emancipated sound, sonoristic ”bruitism” and a powerful type of expression. Some might even call that expression “anti-musical”, but it was musical in a primeval, primordial sense.

Remarkably, composers who in that period shocked audiences with their experimental treatment of musical material – Górecki, Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar – later abandoned avant-garde ideals and turned to tradition.