Three Little Pieces op. 37
The composer’s son, Mikołaj, was 6 in 1977 and had already started to learn the violin. Toward the end of that year Górecki, irritated by the low quality of easy pieces for children his son was supposed to learn, wrote Three Little Pieces for violin and piano – a 2-minute cycle of strictly educational character for children beginning their violin education. Those three simple melodies, varying in character (fast, slow, fast) and clearly of folk provenance – the last one is based on a quote from the Christmas carol The Angel Told the Shepherds – are coupled with a simple piano accompaniment stressing the mood of the melodies. The whole cycle, fresh and unpretentious, ought to find a permanent place in music-school syllabuses on the elementary level.