Aria, “operatic scene” op. 59
It seems that we can find traces of initial preparations for the Belgian operatic commission in a short chamber piece Górecki composed at the time. Aria, “operatic scene” for tuba, piano, tam-tam and bass drum is a monologue of the tuba (the “aria” in the title) of roughly 10 minutes set against a background of repeated piano chords rising gradually from the lowest notes. At the climax, the tuba part becomes more rhythmical and the music accelerates to an “explosion” of tam-tam and drum, closed by a general pause that is followed by a calm, extensive coda leading to silence.
piece, rather atypically for Górecki, is not without some drama, making it
possible to imagine it combined with stage images. It is worth mentioning that,
though he never fully entered the world of opera and other stage genres, the
composer’s works have often been used by choreographers all over the world in
their ballet and dance productions.