Works by Tadeusz Kassern from the period of “an intensified pressure” Sonatina kolędowa for piano and Tryptyk żałobny for voice and piano Cover Image
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Utwory Tadeusza Kasserna z okresu „spotęgowanego napięcia” Sonatina kolędowa na fortepian i Tryptyk żałobny na głos z fortepianem
Works by Tadeusz Kassern from the period of “an intensified pressure” Sonatina kolędowa for piano and Tryptyk żałobny for voice and piano

Author(s): Violetta Kostka
Subject(s): Music, History of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: In her article, the author discusses Tadeusz Kassern’s Sonatina kolędowa for piano andTryptyk żałobny for voice and piano from the period of “an intensified pressure”, that is, thefirst months after the end of the World War II. She formulates a hypothesis that both works,the second of which was devoted to the memory of Roman Padlewski, apart from performingan aesthetic function, were to unite people around the past tragedy, replace the words ofprayers, as well as decrease pain and suffering. Following the methodology of LeonardB. Meyer’s music style, the author defines the style of Kassern’s selected compositions asneoclassicist of an archivising-romanticising type. She reads that the compositions werebased on the rules of neomodality, strategies of exposing basic human feelings and replicapatterns, among whom are among others modal motives, polyphonising texture, dissonanceco-sounds, simple rhythms, irregular and asymmetric phrases as well as deep expression.Having presented both interopus styles in a detail, the author discusses the reception ofworks, underlining two facts. The first one is that right after composing Sonatina kolędowa, itwas played in Poland and the United States of America, the second that Tryptyk żałobny hasappeared on the stage again recently.

  • Page Range: 39-47
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish