Krzysztof Penderecki

My comment on Krzysztof Penderecki, avant garde Polish composer and conductor – obituary, in The Telegraph, 29 March 2020.

Lech Borkowski 30 Mar 2020 10:16PM

I see that the comment I posted yesterday was removed. Let me try again with a modified text.

The phrase “Penderecki, a left-wing Catholic” explains it all, if read with a critical dose of understanding. He was nurtured by the Communist regime.

Penderecki’s “Since I became so successful, they tolerate me,” is a lie. He was one of them. It was not tolerance. It was full support. The Communist regime consisted not just of the Communist Party members. People were basically divided into two categories: (1) those, who should live and advance, and (2) those, whose should be eliminated. He was firmly in the first category. There was nothing accidental about making a career in a Communist country. John Paul II, e.i. formerly cardinal Karol Wojtyła of Kraków, was also one of them.

Those “left-wing Catholics” were simply part of the Communist ecosystem, including Catholic associations and parties, all subordinated to the Communist regime.

“Penderecki was appointed professor at Krakow Academy in 1958, becoming rector in 1972”. Professor at 25 years old, rector (university president) at 39? These are the most obvious signs of the privilege and support by the Communist authorities.