Three Diagrams op. 15
Three Diagrams is a miniature of several minutes duration composed for solo flute, the instrument to which first Górecki dedicated his attention for the first time in this piece and to which, after Diagram IV (1961) he was to return only in the late 1980s with For You, Anne-Lill and in the 1990s with Concerto-Cantata, Valentine Piece and also in Good Night. Three Diagrams provides more evidence of Górecki’s fascination with serial techniques. The material and structure of the composition are determined by complex numerical operations, the texture is pointillist, making the impression of sounds and groups of sounds being ”scattered” in musical space, and the tempi, rhythm and dynamics are greatly varied. As a result, the listener perceives the flexible, heterogeneous line of the flute as relatively traditional, without atypical ways of producing sound. The piece attracts the audience with its freshness and lightness. The composer leaves soloists free to perform the three parts of this mini-cycle in any order.