Alphabet - Krzysztof Penderecki

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Profanum

It has repeatedly been suggested that Penderecki’s treatment of the sphere of the sacrum, as in The Devils of Loudun, was sometimes downright heretical. By choosing taboo topics he aimed, however, to exert an even stronger impact on his audience and make his listeners reflect on existential problems, on the questions of truth and meaning. In his works, the composer reveals the various masks worn by evil. By exploring the sphere of values denied, he opens up a perspective for reflection on man’s condition in the contemporary world.