Reflecting upon Freedom in two Electroacoustic Works by Elżbieta Sikora
The text’s aim is to interpret the political and social aspect of Elżbieta Sikora’s (born 1943) two electronic works: Rapsodia na śmierć republiki (Rhapsody for the Death of the Republic, 1979) and Janek Wiśniewski, grudzień, Polska (Janek Wiśniewski, December, Poland, 1981–1982). In my paper, I show the two pieces as examples of the ‘engaged music’ (as Sikora herself called them). I consider the role of their titles, narration, the use of pre-recorded sounds and musical quotation, as well as the circumstances of their creation.
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