Gorecki: Symphony No. 3; Three Pieces in Olden Style

Gorecki’s lamentation on motherhood and war

Nearly two decades after it was composed, Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 (‘Of Sorrowful Songs’) suddenly became a worldwide sensation in 1992.

In 1973, Gorecki encountered a short prayer found on the wall of Cell No. 3 in the Gestapo Headquarters in Zakopane. It had been written by Helena Wanda Blazusiakowna, an 18-year old girl imprisoned in September 1944. The writer begs the Virgin Mary not to desert her in her hour of need. This text inspires the famous second movement.