Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Contrasts

Contrasts in Górecki’s music are a vehicle of expression and, in some cases, a catalyst for the musical action. This is the case in the work that was a quintessence of the use of musical contrasts, Scontri (Collisions) of 1960, where the composer brought together diversified blocks or masses of sound, clashing huge clusters with solo instrumental parts and producing the unusual effect of two musical worlds colliding. With this composition, Górecki won a place in the annals of sonorism, the Polish avant-garde movement. However, he soon gave up this kind of experimentation.