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R.I.P. Henryk Gorecki


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His 3rd Symphony was something of a huge success for a piece or 20th century music.

What was strange is that it was premiered in 1976, but it wasn't successful into a recording released in 1992 which sold a million copies. That's like the "Thriller" of classical music. I bought one and like it a lot.

 

I've only played one piece by him, his Harpsichord concerto. It was very different than the Symphony No 3, I was quite surprised.

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Oh, no....

 

I watched him conduct "Symphony #3" with the USC orchestra and give a Q&A in LA before. Fantastic composer.

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I posted the excellent BBC obituary on another forum the other day, and the silence led me to believe he was more obscure than I thought (especially given the BBC's comments about him being the best-selling modern composer).

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11741555

 

It's quite a compelling and moving back story. I feel motivated to learn more about this composer now. I just never got around to fully exploring him while he was alive.

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