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There is something of the grand-architectural about the form of this piece: a substantial essay in big brush-strokes, starkly-contrasted changes of technique and texture from headings to verses and so on. There is a mixture of metrical complexity and rhythmical dissonance, sustained strands of sounds and dense patterns of intricacy, thick clusters of harmony and the occasional relief of unison lines. But there is a continuous feature made of the role of octaves, between parts and within vocal strands themselves, and dialogue and relationships at one and two octaves apart. There is a suggestion in the sound that there is great throng of people involved—maybe the whole of humanity as part of the narrative. Many of the earlier devices of Paweł Łukaszewski’s are brought together and developed, with wordless vocalisations, extended ostinati, and instrumental-type figurations. In the third Lamentation, extended use is made of an out-of-phase musical timing within each vocal division, resulting in a Mexican wave effect of out-of-time singing, as if in a long column of people in procession.
from notes by Greg Murray © 2018
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