Alphabet - Krzysztof Penderecki

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New Romanticism

The change in Penderecki’s style, which took place in the mid-1970s, has been interpreted in radically different ways: as a betrayal of the avant-garde in favour of a “backward” musical language, or as an artistic synthesis achieved by the composer in his mature period. Be that as it may, Penderecki’s neoromanticism is characterised by a return to such constituents of the musical language as melody, euphonic harmony, a clear rhythmic structure and dramatic construction that evokes associations with the works of Wagner and Mahler.