Pustynnienie - Lidia Zielińska International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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When I was planning my new composition in 2019, I tried to contain in it the fears and premonitions of the inevitable, which plague is in our everyday lives. Little did I know that those thoughts would intensify so greatly within the next few months. The pandemic has made us see things in a much sharper focus. It suspended all the prospects for some time, but at the same time it gave us a chance and made us see what is inevitable and what, after all, still depends on ourselves. 

Today there are no fears in me anymore. Rather than sublimating, they turned into one huge rage at stupidity, greed, and failure to take action. We have failed both as people and as citizens. I can express this in much blunter, less subtle terms. 

Lidia Zielińska