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Polish Early Music

A source of numerous inspirations and ideas appearing in Górecki’s music. In his works, he used quotations, “literal” borrowings from early music, and stylisation or, more precisely, archaising. The song Bogurodzica (Mother of God) was an important point of reference for the composer. He also wrote the orchestral piece Old Polish Music with motifs borrowed from well-known masterworks of Poland's early music: the organum Benedicamus Domino from the Poor Clares’ Antiphonary from Stary Sącz, and the song Already It Is Dusk by Wacław of Szamotuły.