Toccata op. 2
Toccata op. 2 is a three-and-a-half minute miniature for two pianos. As with the Four Preludes op. 1 for piano, the Toccata is indebted to the “bruitist” piano style of Bartók. The music pushes incessantly on in a succession of resolute, vigorously motoric passages. The final section evokes an echo of a folk melody. The two piano parts complement each other, intensifying the expressive power and sound of the whole. The fast Toccata calls for a virtuoso piano technique. The powerful sound and intensity of expression became key ingredients of Górecki’s later style.