Five Pieces op. 13
The style of Five Pieces for two pianos is diametrically different from that of Górecki’s earlier piano works, including the Toccata op. 2 for two pianos. Vigorous neoclassicism is replaced here by extremely rarefied pointillist texture in which the musical material has been ordered into sequences called series that undergo various transformations over the course of the composition. Górecki’s serialism is not strict in this work, though the material was no doubt selected prior to the composition process. Still, the construction of the whole is very precise. The cycle develops gradually till it reaches Piece IV, the most elaborate and dynamic section, then ends with a synthetic finale that masterfully sums up the musical elements of the work. In Piece IV, the sound energy typical of Górecki’s earlier works comes to the fore most distinctly, with the separate musical “points” of the three preceding pieces giving way to powerful, robust clusters.