Classical Music Sundays: Anaklasis- Krzysztof Penderecki

For this week I thought that I would share something a little bit different from modern classical music. Penderecki is an excellent composer well known for his chaotic and frightening pieces. It had been awhile since I really sat down and listened to Penderecki, but last week I was able to catch Children of Men on TV, which uses Penderecki’s piece “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima”. I was reminded how much I liked his music, so I thought that I would share one of my favorite pieces from him entitled “Anaklasis”. “Anaklasis” captures all of my favorite Penderecki trademarks: Odd bowing techniques, seemingly chaotic percussion, dense texture and a sense that something terrible is about to happen to you. Penderecki is a genius at generating atmosphere and emotion so trust me, I wouldn’t listen to “Anaklasis” late at night in the dark.



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