The Bells are Ringing for the Angelus Domini op. 57
The Bells Are Ringing for the Angelus is another religious choral song among Górecki’s works. It is not, however, an arrangement of a traditional melody – this time the composer used a fragment of a poem, I Don’t Believe in Anything, by Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer. The song was written in 1986 to mark the transfer of the remains of the renowned Young Poland poet from Warsaw to a cemetery in Zakopane in the mountains south of Kraków (though a planned performance of the song did not take place at the time). The musical structure of the work is based on a rhythmic ostinato, modelled on the tolling of bells, which, together with multiple repetitions of the words from the title, leads to a quiet, extended coda, crowning the composition in terms of its content and expression.