Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gorecki Obituary Round-Up

On his blog The Rambler, Tim Rutherford-Johnson surveys the Górecki obirtuaries from major papers in the US and the UK.

A friend of mine wrote to ask how Gorecki avoided serious rebuke from authorities in Communist Poland. Apparently, Gorecki wondered the same thing:  
I remember these times with pleasure because they were a great reawakening for Polish music. I don’t know how we got away with it year after year.
A colleague of mine at work winced (virtually) when I located Gorecki's relevance within the 1990s as a source for and inspiration to trip-hop musicians and soundtrack writers. Some obituaries Rutherford-Johnson cites do the same thing, focusing on the Third Symphony, while others provide a broader perspective.