Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Musical past

Górecki’s fondness for medieval and Renaissance music is evident in the titles of his works, first of all in references to early musical forms. Movements of his Symphony No. 1, for example, bear the titles Invocation, Antiphon, Chorale and Lauda. Many compositions including Old Polish Music contain quotations from early music or liturgical chant. Sometimes the composer consciously uses archaizing techniques, imitating elements characteristic of early musical styles and creating a peculiar combination of the old and new in music. Direct or indirect references to early Polish culture are very frequent in his music, for instance when he weaves motifs from the medieval Polish hymn Bogurodzica into the texture of his compositions.