NIGHTIME, DAYTIME REQUIEM
This piece is dedicated to the
memory of John Coltrane, and was composed in response to the news of the
death of that great musician. The recording on this CD dates from
November 1967 and was commissioned by Polish Radio. The original version
was about five minutes longer, but was cut to 22 min. 50 sec. by the
producer and engineer so that it would fit onto one side of an LP - part
of a four-LP set released in 1974 through the efforts of Komedas
wife, who did the editing work.
DON KICHOT I CZAROWNICA (DON
QUIXOTE AND THE WITCH)
Both pieces were written for the jazz and poetry record Meine
Susse Europaische Heimat, recorded in Germany in 1967 thanks to
the efforts of jazz writer Joachim E. Berendt. Both were named after
poems: Don Quixote by Stanis³aw Grochowiak and The
Witch by Kazimiera Illakowiczowna.
BALLAD FOR BERNT
This is a ballad from the soundtrack for Polanskis Knife
in the Water. Komeda dedicated it to the Swedish saxophonist Bernt
Rosengren, who took part in the 1962 recording at the composers
special request. This was the first, and probably only, time in the
early 1960s when agreement was given for a western musician to take part
in the soundtrack recording for a Polish film. The version on this CD
was recorded in 1967.