Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Politics

In communist Poland, Górecki, then vice chancellor of Katowice’s Academy of Music (1975–1979), was constantly under surveillance and faced political pressure that led him to give up his post and, as a consequence, into conflict with local authorities. As a composer, he made important gestures testifying to his opposition to and protest against the situation in Poland, such as the dedication of his Miserere to the city of Bydgoszcz to commemorate events of March 1981, when Solidarity activists were assaulted there.