Thursday, 14 March 2013

Requiem by Penderecki

Yesterday, 13th March 2013, was one of the best days ever. With two of my friends from Academy we went to Udine, Italy, to a one of the most amazing concerts ever. Mr. Krzysztof Penderecki, a 79-year-old composer and conductor, gave an unforgettable performance with a Polish choir and a big symphonic orchestra. Mr. Penderecki conducted his own work, Polish Requiem, written 30 years ago, with two additions, one in 1993 and another one, Chaconne, in 2005, in honour of Pope John Paul II.
For me it was certainly one of the things I will never forget. For I heard his music in The Shining quite some years ago I really liked it. I didn't know who wrote it back then and I wasn't using the computer much so I didn't find out. Then we had a lesson on his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima on Academy and I knew that was the song I was listening to in The Shining.
So it hasn't been long but I listened to a lot of his music ever since and it is really exceptional.
So the oportunity to listen to his work, conducted by himself was something I couldn't miss and was worth every cent and every minute to get to Udine and back.
Thank you for your words, Mr. Penderecki.

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