Poland, 1972, poezja śpiewana

Marek GrechutaDroga za widnokres: I first stumbled across the poezja śpiewana genre when I found Ewa Demarczyk’s 1967 gem, Ewa Demarczyk śpiewa piosenki Zygmunta Koniecznego. I think I was poking around for non-English language music and found her, was impressed by what I was hearing, and searched out more of that genre. I can’t understand a word, of course, but there are translations, and for me, there’s some charm also in not understanding the meaning but rather immersing myself in the sung stanzas of Polish poetry. The Russians do something like this, too: setting poetry to music. The jazz piano flourishes work well. “Pewność” is by far the best song on this album.

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