Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Childhood

Górecki spent his early years in Rydułtowy in Silesia, orphaned when his mother died when he was only 2. His childhood was marked by illness – a hip complaint, osseous tuberculosis, problems with walking, numerous surgeries – and by the cruelty of war (his grandfather was interred then murdered in Dachau). His desire to learn music was constantly thwarted by his father and stepmother, who even forbade him to touch the piano keys.