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#RIP: Henryk Górecki

Henryk Górecki: 6th December 1933 – 12th November 2010

with sadness we note the death of one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant composers.

anima eius et animae omnium fidelium 
defunctorum per dei misericordiam
requiescant in pace

Górecki is best known and rightly celebrated for his hauntingly beautiful Symphony No. 3, Op 36, commonly known as A Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. the most well known of the symphony’s three movements is the second – Lento e Largo – which contains a libretto for soprano that borrows the words of a prayer addressed to the Virgin Mary which was inscribed on the wall of cell 3 in the gestapo prison in Zakopane by Helena Błażusiak (1926-1999), a then 18 year old prisoner.

the prayer translates as something approximating:

Mama do not cry, do not.
Pure Queen of Heaven,
you are always supporting me.
Hail Mary.

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Dawn Upshaw with London Sinfonietta conducted by David Zinman – Lento e Largo (Tranquillissimo)
from Symphony No. 3, Op 36 by Henryk Górecki

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#RIP: Steve Reid

Steve Reid: 29th January 1944 – 13th April 2010

with sadness we note the death of one of percussion’s true geniuses

anima eius et animae omnium fidelium
defunctorum per dei misericordiam
requiescant in pace

during a long and distinguished career, Reid played with the likes of James Brown, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, and Miles Davis. starting out, he had spells drumming for the Apollo Theatre House Band and as a session player for Motown, and then went on to lead the Legendary Master Brotherhood. from 1969-71, he was imprisoned in Lewisberg Federal Penitentiary for refusing to register for the Vietnam draft.

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Lions of Juda by Steve Reid

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