Dark Evening Is Falling op. 45
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The early 1980s were a particularly difficult period in Górecki’s life – for a number of reasons. For several years he withdrew from public life, a decision that was also reflected in his work. After composing the large-scale artistically significant Miserere, for those years he only wrote brief pieces, mostly arrangements of folk music. Dark Evening Is Falling, a cycle of five songs for unaccompanied choir, is a fine example of this trend. As in his earlier cycle Broad Waters, the composer selected melodies from the collection What It Used to Be Like in Kurpie, compiled by Jadwiga Gorzechowska and Maria Kaczurbina. This time, he set the songs People Are Asking, They will Make Little Garlands, They Felled the Little Oak Tree, The Little Horse Paws the Groundn and the title piece, Dark Evening Is Falling. Unlike Broad Waters, this cycle did not gain wide popularity, and is also less known than Górecki’s later folk-song arrangements.