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The Overture bears some similarity to Tomasz Sikorski’s Concerto breve for piano, 24 wind instruments and percussion, which was also revived in Warsaw in 2012 and was a sonoristic composition, like Penderecki’s work.. Penderecki, however, put his even more numerous instruments on a par. The piano was for him one of the percussion instruments, while the harmonium joined the wind section.Penderecki used the huge performing forces to test several textural and sonoristic ideas. The composition, experimental in the best sense of the word, is a survey of techniques of sound production in a mass of wind instruments, which in this composer’s music would soon get to speak with their full voice. The various configurations of instruments play dense quarter-tone clusters, while the intervals are ordered in accordance with a loose dodecaphonic technique. The relations between instrumental configurations manifest themselves in the form of a collage of contrasted sections.