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Henryk Górecki - Symphony No.3: Sorrowful Songs

Symphony No.3: Sorrowful Songs a CD by composer Henryk Górecki

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  • Nov 12, 2010
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Nov 12 2010 -Polish Composer Henryk Górecki dies - His most famous work Symphony No.3: Sorrowful Songs became a surprise crossover hit in the early 90's when singer Dawn Upshaw with the London Sinfonietta released this version of his masterpiece. The Symphony is in a minimal style and very melodic and like the title says the song is sorrowful and the lyrics come from Polish Prayer and serve as a anti war statements. This is a Masterpiece and a very beautifull work that is full to the brim of deeply felt emotions.
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The Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (PolishSymfonia pieśni żałosnych), is a symphonyin three movements composed by Henryk Górecki in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976. The work is indicative of the transition between Górecki's dissonant earlier manner and his more tonal later style. It was premiered the 4 of April, 1977, at the Royan International Festival, with Stefania Woytowicz as soprano and Ernest Bour as conductor.[1]

A solo soprano sings a different Polish text in each of the three movements. The first is a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and the third a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed in the Silesian uprisings.[2] The first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, and the second movement from that of a child separated from a parent. The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood and separation through war.

Until 1992, Górecki was known only to connoisseurs, primarily as one of several composers responsible for the postwar Polish music renaissance.[3] That year, Elektra-Nonesuch released a recording of the 15-year-old symphony that topped the ...

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