Under Your Protection op. 56
Given the intense cult of the Virgin Mary in Górecki’s work, it comes as no surprise that after arranging selected Marian songs from Jan Siedlecki’s Church Hymnal, the composer decided to turn to probably the best known – after Hail Mary – Marian prayer, Under Your protection. He composed a choral song that is full of concentration, clearly prayerful and imploring in its nature, and rather long (it lasts about 10 minutes). By dividing the choir into eight parts, Górecki was able to expand the sonic space of the piece and thus to enhance the expressive side of his composition.