Lullabies and Dances op. 47
Górecki composed another of his educational pieces in 1982 – Lullabies and Dances op. 47 for violin and piano, dedicated to his 11-year-old son, Mikołaj, who was learning to play the violin. The cycle comprises six miniatures. The first two are quiet, romantic lullabies, full of melancholy and sadness. The violin spins a lyrical melodic line, complemented by “flowing” accompaniment of the piano. The third miniature is a contrasting, expressive, lively dance characteristic of the Podhale region in Poland’s Tatra Mountains. The fourth is, again, a sad lullaby, followed by a lively highlander dance, a truly virtuosic piece. The cycle ends with another quiet, gentle lullaby. The simplicity of the form and the musical material, largely built on the basis of repeated phrases and motifs, is combined here with directness of expression. Lullabies and Dances is the composer’s valuable contribution to musical literature for young people already at an advanced level as performers, as it poses considerable challenges – both technical in the fast movements, and expressive in the lullabies.