Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Podhale (the Tatra Mountain foothills)
As with composer Karol Szymanowski, Górecki found his artistic sanctuary at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the chain of the Carpathians on Poland’s southern border. For years, he rented a cottage in Chochołów, to which he used to retire from the world’s hustle and bustle. It was there that he learned to forecast the weather and live in harmony with untamed nature. In his work, he was inspired by the music, dialect and culture of the Tatra highlands, known as the Podhale. His love for the mountainous region was symbolically commemorated after his death by placing a rock from the landmark Mickiewicz Waterfall on his grave in Katowice.