Penderecki’s Polish Requiem – a Work in Progress as an Answer to History

Emerging in sync with the 20th century political events in Poland, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polish Requiem becomes an œvre devoted to the Polish history that is being “updated” continuously by its author for a period of twenty-five years, by means of adding new parts, related to historic events and personæ. This method of “long-term” composing, characteristic to this author, loosens the framework of opus musicum, and exposes it towards a continuous process of creation; it makes the Polish Requiem a work in progress – without a period mark at the end of it, expecting to be updated – eventually…

 

Keywords: Polish Requiem, Krzysztof Penderecki, work in progress, open creative project/work