Henryk Górecki, who died on November 12 aged 76, was a Polish composer who achieved immense popularity in Western Europe and America in the 1990s thanks to the ethereal splendour of his Symphony No 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), which briefly reached No 6 in the British charts, just behind Paul McCartney.
He had started his musical life as a pioneer of the Polish avant garde and his work was often dismissed for its violence, both in its sound and in the...
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Gimme Some Lovin'
In 1960 Spencer Davis travelled from London to Birmingham to begin studies. Three years later he met Winwood brothers and convinced them to form a beat band. Peter York was the drummer. They didn’t clearly specify a style they wanted to play. One thing they wanted for sure was to play heavy.
Gimme Some Lovin
For two years they played at local clubs in Birmingham. They played well so no wonder that they quickly earned many fans among young people. In 1965 they made...
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Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
Anyone who has watched USA films from the Deep South or South-West must have seen Honky Tonk – a type of bar, where small bands play dancing music. Sometimes, in smaller places, the music was delivered by only a piano or a jukebox.
The origin of the term honky tonk is not clear. „Tonk” was apparently related to William Tonk & Bros, piano makers. The factory’s products, made in Chicago and New York, were commonly known as „Tonk...
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Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt suite wasn’t original idea of Edvard Grieg. He composed it on Henrik Ibsen’s request.
Ibsen was a Norwegian dramatist who wrote a play 'Peer Gynt' in 1867 during his trip around Apennine Peninsula, in Rome, Sorrento and Ischia Island.
Henrik Ibsen phototographed by Gustav Borgen
The play wasn’t showed to public, although it got printed in Copenhagen. The first edition accounted for 1 250 copies. After two weeks reprints were needed –...
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St. James Infirmary Blues
For few days now my thoughts are somehow floating around Eric Burdon and The Animals. Today I’ve listened to several pieces executed by The Lippa Jazz Band, a group that plays very traditional jazz.
Their personnel are equally traditional: a trumpet, a trombone, a clarinet, a banjo, a drums and a tuba. The last instrument gets my kicks the most, because it is very rarely used these days. Lippa Jazz Band is an Italian band founded in the Nineties. They’re...
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