Chants of Warsaw – for men’s choir and organ

Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: coro (2T2B) org
Composed in: 1980

This composition was commissioned by the Warsaw Men’s Choir Harp (Warszawski Chór MÄ™ski Towarzystwa Åšpiewaczego “Harfa”) for the 75th anniversary of the choir.The form of the piece is sequential A-B-C-D-E-F-A’ and it is an apotheosis of love to its hero city, embodiment of human virtues and Polish virtues in particular.

The lyrics was selected from the anthology of poems Four Centuries of Poesy About Warsaw (Cztery wieki poezji o Warszawie) by Juliusz Wiktor Gomulicki and icludes poems by Zygmunt Laukowski, Alojzy Felinski-Rodoc, StanisÅ‚aw BaliÅ„ski, Leopold Staff, WÅ‚adysÅ‚aw Broniewski, Konstanty Ildefons GaÅ‚czyÅ„ski and Tadeusz Kubiak. The second version of the composition was transcripted for symphony orchestra – Chants of Warsaw – for men’s choir and symphony orchestra.