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Opus OsmA Prague Composer/Pianist Explains How Gorecki Made Lerchenmusik

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In the mid-1980s Polish composer Henryk Górecki (1933-2010) composed and revised a 45-minute European minimalist chamber work in three movements. Lerchenmusik for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Opus 53 was the incredible result, and lucky listeners at the Contempuls 2012 Music Festival heard it beautifully performed by the MoEns ensemble Nov 16 in Prague.

It’s almost impossible to describe Lerchenmusik adequately in mere words. But here’s a hint: parts of the score are marked ffff – and since a single f (forte) means “play loud,” you can imagine what the dynamics are, quadrupled. And this fortissississimo is followed by the instruction crescendo. …

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