Songs to words by Juliusz Słowacki op. 48
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People with whom Górecki maintained close relations during regular visits to the Podhale region in the Tatra Mountains included the eminent singer Andrzej Bachleda, who lived in the region. Both artists were friends and admirers of the music of Podhale and of Szymanowski. With Bachleda in mind as the performer, the composer wrote some of his songs for voice and piano, for example Songs to Words by Juliusz Słowacki, composed in 1983 and premiered in 1985 in Zakopane, the resort town in the Tatras, by Bachleda accompanied by Górecki. The songs were composed to fragments of Słowacki’s poetry – We Raise Our Hands to Thee in Tears, oh Lord and Lord! Of Whom I Hear in Heavens. Lyrical poetry of Polish masters from the Romantic era very strongly affected the composer, who found in it what was close to his heart – seriousness and complete trust in God in matters concerning their homeland and their lives. The Songs, too, are very solemn in mood, a quality emphasised by the slow tempo and thoughtful, declamatory part of the solo voice, and by piano accompaniment based on extended, heavy, long-sounding chords. As with the composer’s other solo songs, the limitation of musical means employed and the resulting monotony of progression create a space for building inner tension of great expressive power, a tension based on the words’ meaning complemented expressively by the music.