Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki (December 6, 1933–November 12, 2010) was born close to the industrial city of Katowice in southern Poland, where he studied music and taught at the city's music academy.
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.
He was best known for his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, which was composed in 1976 and sold more than a million copies following a 1992 re-release.
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