Musiquette 2 op. 23
This piece for four trumpets, four trombones, two pianos and percussion in many ways develops the idea initiated by the composer in La Musiquette No. 1, a work that he withdrew from his catalogue. Here the leading role is entrusted to the trumpets, supported by the trombones. Later in the piece, we hear piano and the percussion as well, but the sound is not as lively and multicoloured as in the earlier Monodramma. On the contrary, the composer limits the sound material to short repeated motifs and moves away from sonoristic explorations in favour of operating with carefully selected tones and interval combinations. The incessant repetition and accumulation of those motifs builds up a dense texture, but also gives the impression of a certain monotony enhanced by the lack of definite contrasts and of dynamic narration. The explosive, grand sound of Górecki’s earlier works gives way in La Musiquette No. 2 to a thorough exploration of limited melodic-harmonic material and the resulting expressive qualities. The effects of this study and of that undertaken in La Musiquette No. 3 would soon find wider application in Górecki’s music.