List of compositions by Henryk Górecki

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This incomplete list of compositions by Henryk Górecki is sorted by opus number. Much of Górecki's work has been published by Boosey & Hawkes,[1] which holds the rights for most of the world except in "countries of the former socialist copyright federation," where Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne holds the rights.[2]

Górecki's music covers a variety of styles, but tends towards relative harmonic and rhythmical simplicity. He is considered to be a founder of the New Polish School, and his first works were in the avant-garde style of Pierre Boulez and other serialists. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Górecki progressively moved away from his early career as radical modernist, and began to compose with a more traditional, romantic mode of expression. His change of style was viewed as an affront to the then avant-garde establishment, and though he continued to receive commissions from various Polish agencies, by the mid 1970s Górecki had ceased to be a composer that mattered. In the words of one critic, "Górecki’s new material was no longer cerebral and sparse; rather, it was intensely expressive, persistently rhythmic and often richly colored in the darkest of orchestral hues".[3]

Works[edit]

Published[edit]

  • Four Preludes, Opus 1, piano (1955)
  • Toccata for two pianos, Opus 2
  • Three Songs, Opus 3 (1956)
  • Variations for violin and piano, Opus 4
  • Quartettino, Opus 5, two flutes, oboe, violin (1956)
  • Piano Sonata No. 1, Opus 6, piano (1956, revised 1984, 1990)
  • Songs of Joy and Rhythm, Opus 7, piano and chamber orchestra (1956, revised 1959)
  • Sonatina in One Movement, Opus 8, violin and piano
  • Lullaby for piano, Opus 9 (1956, revised 1980)
  • Sonata for two violins, Opus 10 (1957)
  • Concerto for five instruments and string quartet, Opus 11, mixed ensemble (1957)
  • Epitafium, Opus 12, chorus and ensemble (1958)
  • Five Pieces, Opus 13, piano duo (two pianos or piano four hands) (1959)
  • Symphony No. 1 '1959', Opus 14, string orchestra and percussion (1959)
  • Three Diagrams for solo flute, Opus 15
  • Monologhi, Opus 16, soprano and three groups of instruements (1960)
  • Scontri, Opus 17, full orchestra (1960)
  • Diagram IV for solo flute, Opus 18 (1961)
  • Genesis I: Elementi, Opus 19, string trio (1962)
  • Genesis II: Canti Strumentali, Opus 19, 15 players (1962)
  • Genesis III: Monodramma, Opus 19, soprano, metal percussion and six double basses (1963)
  • Trzy tance w dawnym stylu (Three pieces in the old style), string orchestra, no opus number(1963)
  • Choros I, Opus 20, string orchestra (1964)
  • Refrain, Opus 21, full orchestra (1965)
  • Musiquette 1 for two trumpets and guitar, Opus 22 (1967)
  • Musiquette 2, Opus 23, four trumpets, four trombones, two pianos, percussion (1967)
  • Old Polish Music (Muzyka Staropolska), Opus 24, full orchestra (1969)
  • Musiquette 3, Opus 25, viola ensemble (1967)
  • Cantata for organ, Opus 26 (1968)
  • Canticum Graduum, Opus 27, full orchestra (1969)
  • Musiquette 4, Opus 28, trombone, clarinet, cello, piano (1970)
  • Ad Matrem, Opus 29, chorus and orchestra (1971)
  • Two Sacred Songs, Opus 30
  • Symphony No. 2 'Copernican', Opus 31, chorus and orchestra (1972)
  • Euntes Ibant et Flebant, Opus 32, chorus a cappella (1972)
  • Two Little Songs of Tuwim, Opus 33, chorus a cappella (1972)
  • Three Dances, Opus 34, full orchestra (1973)
  • Amen, Opus 35, chorus a cappella (1975)
  • Symphony No. 3 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', Opus 36, soprano and orchestra (1976)
  • Three little pieces, Opus 37, violin, piano (1977)
  • Beatus Vir Psalm Opus 38, chorus and orchestra (1979)
  • Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Opus 39, chorus a cappella (1979)
  • Harpsichord/Piano Concerto, Opus 40, harpsichord/piano and orchestra (1980)
  • Mazurkas for piano, Opus 41
  • Two Songs, Opus 42
  • Blessed Raspberry Songs, Opus 43, voice and piano (1980)
  • Miserere, Opus 44, chorus a cappella (1981)
  • "Wieczór ciemny się uniża" for a cappella choir, Opus 45 (1981)
  • My Vistula, grey Vistula, Opus 46, chorus a cappella (1981)
  • Lullabies and Dances for violin and piano, Opus 47 (1982)
  • Songs to words by J. Słowacki, Opus 48 (1983)
  • Three Lullabies, Opus 49, Mixed Voices (1984)
  • "Ach, mój wianku lewandowy, for a cappella choir, Opus 50
  • "Idzie chmura, pada deszcz" for a cappella choir, Opus 51
  • Sundry Pieces for piano, Opus 52 (1956–1961)
  • Lerchenmusik, Opus 53, clarinet, cello and piano (1986)
  • Five Marian Songs, Opus 54, chorus a cappella (1985)
  • Two Marian Hymns, solo voices a cappella, no opus number (1986)
  • "O Domina Nostra", Opus 55, soprano and organ (1985)
  • "Pod Twoją obronę", Opus 56, a cappella choir (1984)
  • Na Aniol Panski, Opus 57, chorus a cappella (1986)
  • For You, Anne-Lill, Opus 58, flute and piano (1986)
  • Aria, Opus 59, tuba, piano, tam-tam and bass drum (1987)
  • Totus Tuus, Opus 60 (1987)
  • "Przybądź Duchu Święty", a cappella choir, Opus 61 (1988)
  • Already it is Dusk, Opus 62, string quartet (1988)
  • Good Night, Opus 63, soprano, alto flute, piano, three tam-tams (1990)
  • Intermezzo, piano (1990, no opus number)
  • Quasi una fantasia, Opus 64, string quartet (1991)
  • Concerto-Cantata, flute and orchestra, Opus 65 (1992)
  • Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, Opus 66, piano and 13 instruments (1993)
  • …songs are sung, Opus 67, string quartet (1995/2005)
  • Three fragments, Opus 69, voice and piano (1995-1996)
  • Valentine piece, Opus 70, flute and bell (1996)
  • Salve, sidus Polonorum, Opus 72, chorus and ensemble (1997-2000)
  • Little Fantasia, Opus 73, violin and piano (1997)
  • Five Kurpian Songs, Opus 75, chorus a cappella (1999)
  • Lobgesang, Opus 76, chorus a cappella (2000)
  • "Niech Nam Żyją i Śpiewają", chorus a cappella, Opus 77 (2000)
  • Quasi una fantasia, Opus 78, string orchestra version of Opus 64 (2002)
  • Dla Jasiunia, Opus 79, violin and piano (2003)
  • The Song of Rodziny Katynskie, Opus 81, chorus a cappella (2004)
  • Church Songs, 20 a capella choruses, Op. 84 (2000-2010)
  • Symphony No. 4 "Tansman Episodes", Op. 85 (2006-2009), completed by the composer's son Mikołaj Górecki [4]

Unpublished[edit]

Górecki's unpublished works prior to 1956 include: Legenda for orchestra, five Mazurkas for piano, a Prelude for violin and piano, ten preludes for piano, two songs ("Przez te łąki. przez te pola" and "Kiedy Polska"), a Terzetto quasi una fantasia for oboe, violin and piano, a Romance for piano, a String Quartet, Obratzki poetyckie for piano and a Piano Concerto. These don't have opus numbers.

One scholar assigns opus number 9a to a suite for piano titled "Z ptasiego gniazda" ("From the Bird's Nest") which Górecki wrote November 1956.[5] Earlier that year, Górecki set to music a translation to Polish of one of Federico García Lorca's poems by Mikołaj Bieszczadowski, but Górecki revised it in 1980 and it was published with another translated Lorca poem as the two songs of Opus 42.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boosey & Hawkes online catalog
  2. ^ Thomas, 150
  3. ^ Wierzbicki, James. "Henryk Gorecki". St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 7, 1991. Retrieved on 24 October 2008.
  4. ^ The Guardian video of world premiere
  5. ^ Thomas, 153
  6. ^ Thomas, 152

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