Quartettino op. 5
Quartettino op. 5, another piece from Górecki’s student times, is scored atypically for two flutes, oboe and violin. This tripartite composition in a fast, slow, and again fast tempo, can be seen as a typical example of neoclassicism in Polish music, as evident from the precisely designed form and from the character of each movement: light, somewhat folksy, but with deeper lyrical touches in the central part. Of all his works written by that time, this is Górecki at his most unpretentious. His characteristic intensity of sound gives way here to a peculiar pastoral atmosphere, no doubt partly due to the choice of instruments.