Gorecki has since progressed through several distinct styles, from the reverence of Beatus Vir (1979), to the meditative Miserere (1981), to the spiritualism of Good Night (1990). He was married to pianist Jadwiga Ruranska and has two children - Anna, also a pianist, and Mikołaj, a composer. Attending the Katowice State Higher School of Music from 1952, Gorecki studied under the composer Bolesłav Szabelski, a former student of Karol Szymanowski. His first public performances were held in Katowice in February 1958, and showed clear influence from both Szymanowski and Bartók. By 1961 he had progressed to the modernism of Webern, Xenakis and Boulez and was at the forefront of the Polish avant-garde, with his Symphony No. 1 gaining international acclaim at the Paris Biennial Festival of Youth. While continuing his studies in Paris, Górecki was influenced by contemporary composers such as Anton Webern, Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen, composers which were at the time suppressed by the Polish government. In 1975 Górecki was appointed Professor of Composition at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice, but resigned his post in 1979, in protest against the government's refusal to allow Pope John Paul II to visit the city. Górecki's Symphony No.
3 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', Op. 36 was used for the soundtrack of the 2001 HBO Film "Wit," an adaptation of Margaret Edson's play of the same name. It starred Emma Thompson and was directed by Mike Nichols. Works Four Preludes, Op. 1, (Piano), 1955 Three Songs, Op.
3, 1956 Sonata for Piano, Op. 6, (Violins), 1956 Songs for Joy and Rythm, Op.7, 1956 Sonata, Op. 10, 1957 Epitafium, Op. 12, (Choir and Instrumental), 1958 Symphony No.
1, Op. 14, (Strings and Percussion), 1959 Monologhi, Op. 16, (Soprano and three instrumental groups), 1960 Three Pieces in an Old Style, (String Orchestra), 1963 Genesis III, Op. 19, 1963 Choros I, Op.
20, (String Orchestra), 1963 Cantata for organ, Op. 26, 1968 Ad Matrem, Op. 29, 1971 Two Sacred Songs, Op. 30, 1971 Symphony No.
2 'Copernican', Op. 31, 1972 Amen, Op 34, 1975 Symphony No. 3 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', Op. 36, 1976 Beatus Vir, Op.
38, (Baritone, Choir and Orchestra), 1979 Miserere, Op. 44, (Choir a Cappella), 1981 O Domina Nostra, 1985 Totus Tuus, Op. 60, 1987 Good Night, Op. 63, 1990 Male Requiem Dla Pewnej Polki, Op 66, (Piano and Instruments), 1993 Niech Nam Zyja I Spiewaja, (Choir), 2000 Read more on Last.fm.
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