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Henryk Górecki

December 6, 1933 - November 12, 2010
born in Czernica, Poland, composed during the Contemporary period
Henryk Górecki (1933-2010) became world famous in 1993 because a recording of his Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" achieved popularity and opened the way for other Eastern European composers who composed similarly marketable music based on religious themes. Yet this work was written in 1976, marking the end of Górecki's earlier avant-garde phase and initiating a period of composition in tonal and modal idioms, often on Polish folk melodies. His stance against Polish communist authorities won him many admirers, and his motet Totus Tuus was composed in 1987 in tribute to Pope John Paul II. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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I can not listen to this without feeling how bittersweet life is. The joy and beauty of life must not be wasted.
libbydfarr
Hauntingly unforgettabl e . I could listen to it for hours and hours, over and over again. I think it is soothing.
lkgrebnel
Certainly captivating. . .
This is what makes life worth living...
This piece was used in the movie Fearless starring Jeff Bridges and Isabella Rossellini. A very good movie I might add.
Symphony number three reminds me of my parents divorce and how they never got back together even though I always believed they would as a child.
I swear this song was used in the making of the movie Basquiat I absolutely am in love with this piece.
Possibly the most tragic, moving piece ever written. It's almost hard to listen to, but when it comes on - I listen. Makes me cry for the fleeting beauty of Life.
48rajacobson
Brings me into prayer.
Are you Experienced? Aside His pieces draw attention to depth. My generation demands this.
Love cones from this.
kenn7727
Music that transcends itself. Reaches through the human soul into the heart of what can't be spoken.
last of the 20th century greats. under rated, per the norm. i second scott mateo
I never tire of Symphony 3. It's just so beautiful.
Haunting
take22flight
Lovely
trmaurer11
Breathtaking ! !
I adore his music. What a noble human being.
azcouture
he is in my heart.. I feel i have found my soul in his music.. we share the same birthday.. Thank you NPR for showcasing his music...
cudasm01
RIP, thank you for your beautiful Symphony No. 3.
tappleton23
My favorite
michael.d.pa r k s
OMG
tmosunich
absolutely wonderful
ryan.pgsener g y
wow...findin g this composer is what pandora is all about!
This has nearly brought me to tears!!
mschah
I never heard him before. Beautiful music, extra ordinary piece.
calvin000
Maybe it is just me, but Henryk looks just like Radiohead. Same gray head, same nice hair. Completely different sound, he kicks RH down the road.
Just a really, really, REALLY good composer, should be more in the limelight of the classical music community too...
mind bottling
..........if holy minimalsm has anything to do with the women voices singing with minimal vibrato..... . g o n n a say......ok.


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