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Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for the children of Newtown, Connecticut

Saturday, 15 December, 2012

The Polish composer Henryk Górecki is remembered mainly for his “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”. The first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, while the second movement is from that of a child separated from a parent during an evil time in Europe’s modern history.

Evil is an effort to destroy what is good by making the good appear powerless. Yesterday was a day when evil manifested itself as a gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at a primary school in Newtown, Connecticut. But as this recording of the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, which was made at the 14th-century Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven in Kraków proves, evil can never defeat good.

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