Three Fragments to words by Stanisław Wyspiański op. 69
This single birthday concert could have been the end of the story, had it not been for the manager and producer Ewa Michalska, who attended the event and, moved especially by Górecki’s playing, decided to organise a series of concerts presenting this repertoire throughout Poland. To complement the recital programme, Warska then requested that Górecki write two more songs to Wyspiański’s texts. The composer fulfilled her request, and took part in all the concerts as Warska’s accompanist.
This is how the Three
Fragments to Words by Stanisław Wyspiański for voice and piano came to be
composed. Along with the poem How Will I
Calm Myself, the composer set two fragments from the writer’s famous
play The Wedding, both from Act Two’s
eight scene: A Man May Still Emerge from
the Abyss and Poetry! Thou Art a
Tranquil Siesta. The cycle is melancholy and rather sombre, especially the highly
expressive chordal accompaniment typical of Górecki’s songs, which corresponds
to the atmosphere of Wyspiański’s texts and suits the characteristic qualities
of Warska’s voice.