Alphabet - Krzysztof Penderecki
Taking up religious subjects in art in the 1960s was, in the political context of that time, a serious challenge. Thanks to his well-established position in the world of contemporary music, Penderecki could afford to make this choice. He has written an impressive number of vocal-instrumental compositions on religious topics, either based on biblical texts or related to the sphere of the sacrum in a less direct manner, for example in his operas. His key composition in the field is St. Luke Passion, commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne for the 700th anniversary of the Münster Cathedral and first performed in 1966.