Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

Preludes (4), for piano, Op. 1

    Description by David Cashman

    Keyboard Four Preludes is by the Polish composer Henryk Górecki. This set of solo piano works is his earliest catalogued work and is counted among his juvenilia. It was written in the early period of his study with Boleslaw Szabelski and is fairly typical of the style of early post-war Polish composition of the time: neo-classicist with a twist. The Four Preludes can, however, be said to be Górecki's first serious composition. It is a short composition lasting somewhat less than eight minutes, and is more similar to a sonata in form than a series of preludes. The first and largest movement, Molto Agitato, embraces a sonata-like form and is the most impressive of the four. The other movements are shorter and have a rather mischievous nature. The piece did not receive its première until 1970 at Katowice. David Arden has since recorded it.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Molto agitato
    2. Lento - recitativo
    3. Allegro scherzando
    4. Molto allegro quasi presto

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Dux Records DUX 1200
    2014 Meridian Records CDE 84621
    2009 Landor Records 287
    2009 Dux Records 699
    1995 Koch International Classics 37301-2