Please find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Monday, 12 November 2012
A documentary on Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, one of the most eminent contemporary Polish composers, was premiered at the Kosmos cinema in Katowice. Today is the second anniversary of the composer’s death.
The title of the film by Violetta Rotter-Kozera from TVP Katowice, “Please find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki” refers to the wave of extraordinary popularity of Górecki in the early 1990s, when his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, recorded by London Sinfonietta under David Zinman with well-known American soprano Dawn Upshaw became a hit in the British and American music charts.
“This music has moved many people all over the world who began to write to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. They did not know the address and only wrote his name correctly, adding Poland, or Katowice, Poland, and making a note for the post office: please find," explained Rotter-Kozera.

In the film she tells the story of one of the senders, a teenage girl, burned in a fire, in which her mother and sister died. She was saved by her father, who jumped out with her from the third floor. She was in such a serious condition that it took her a whole day to write the letter. She wrote the composer that his music is the only reason for her to live.
The director was given access to the letter archives, carefully arranged by the maestro, by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s wife. She herself speaks in the film, just like their children, who also took the musical path – daughter Anna is a pianist, and son Mikołaj a composer.
The documentary was shot in Poland, the United States, Switzerland, Holland, France and Denmark. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki is recollected by Peter Weir, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Wojciech Waglewski, David Zinman, Antoni Wit, and musicians of Lamb and Kronos Quartet. “I remember my first meeting with Górecki. Everything I had read about Beethoven came to my mind," says in the film David Harrington, the founder of the famous quartet.
“In the film I am trying to touch on the phenomenon of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s universal music, not explain it, because it is a mystery," stressed the director.

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