Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Henryk Gorecki 1933 - 2010

Henryk Gorecki, the Polish composer whose Symphony of Sorrowful Songs became an unlikely crossover hit back in the 1990s (unlikely because it is resolutely downbeat and has three longish movements, all slow) has died at the age of 76. I've just been listening to it again, and while not a bad piece I feel that the likelihood of a glut of performances to mark the composer's death may be too much of a good thing. Fifteen years or so on, I'd just reached the point where the music sounds fresh again: I hope it doesn't once more become a ubiquitous piece of musical wallpaper.

But dig out your recording again and play it once for the old dead guy who wrote it.


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