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The title of the work refers to the key episode in the history of Christianity that is described in the Acts (2. 4): "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance". Since that moment Christianity has constituted itself as a world religious. I think the ability to speak foreign languages being under influence of the Holy Spirit brings the preacher together to the musician who cannot logically explain his art, but is absolutely sure about the necessity of it.
The work is written with dodecaphony technique and based on one series which serves as a genetic code for all elements of texture. Nevertheless the general “sound” here does not resemble that of classics of the Second Viennese School. Another important idea is the sustained contemplation on strictly selected intervallic structures - for the sake of understanding (vision) of their inherent, maybe mystical meanings.
The work was awarded the Main and Special Prizes at the International Composers' Competition Kazimierz Serocki, Poland; among the jury members there were such prominent personalities as Krzysztof Penderecki (chairman), Gunter Schuller, François-Bernard Mâche, Zygmund Krauze. The first performance took place in 1990 at the festival Warsaw Autumn.
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