Janek Wiśniewski, December, Poland
This sound installation, connected with the concert Orpheus Among Shadows, is a work for tape by Elżbieta Sikora, recorded at the GRM Studio in Paris in winter 1981 and spring 1982. It constitutes the third part of the triptych dedicated to Orpheus. The intensity of the composer’s vision was thus depicted by the French painter Ladislas Kijno in his diary: “In the mercury light of Gdańsk’s factories, workers carry the body of dead Janek Wiśniewski on a door, high above their heads. Victim of absurd cruelty, Orpheus returns to hell: a great musical metaphor erupts with a series of sonoristic lightnings...”.
“Just before entering the studio, I received the news of the imposition of martial law in Poland. The four guitar chords that open the famous song Janek Wiśniewski padł, written during the revolt of Gdańsk workers in 1970, constitute the starting sound material for the entire musical structure.” – Elżbieta Sikora.