Alphabet - Krzysztof Penderecki

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Scandals

The premieres of Penderecki compositions were often accompanied by scandals, which concerned first of all the brutal sound of his innovative, avant-garde works, as in the case of Anaklasis, which the conductor Hans Rosbaud decided to perform again during the same concert following the negative reaction of the Donaueschingen audience. Scandals were also provoked by more traditional works, criticised for being epigonic or anachronous. One example is the performance of his “Resurrection” Piano Concerto at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 2002.