My Vistula, Grey Vistula op. 46
My Vistula, Grey Vistula, a single piece not included in any cycle, is Górecki’s arrangement of one of the better known Polish folk songs: “My Vistula, grey Vistula / Where are you flowing so quietly? / Where did your waters come from? / Tell me, before you vanish into the sea.”. The simplicity of the original melody in triple metre is emphasised by the sparse choral texture. The distinctly swinging rhythm and the warm, mild harmonies enhance the lyrical character of the song, imbuing it with a noble nostalgia.