Górecki, Henryk Mikołaj
- Adrian Thomas
(b Czernica, nr Rybnik, 6 Dec 1933; d Katowice, Poland, 12 Nov 2010). Polish composer. He studied composition with Szabelski at the Music Academy in Katowice (1955–60), where he subsequently taught, becoming rector in 1975 until his resignation in 1979 in politically-charged circumstances. His composition pupils include Augustyn, Knapik, Krzanowski and his own son, Mikołaj. While still a student, Górecki made a name for himself in Poland as a leading member of the young, avant-garde generation of composers, with premières at the early Warsaw Autumn festivals that culminated in the ...