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Lemminkainen's Mother (1897) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela is an earlier evocation of the themes of motherhood and war explored in Symphony No. 3.

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Polish: [Symfonia pieśni żałosnych] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)), is a symphony in three movements composed by Henryk Górecki in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976. The work is indicative of the transition between Górecki's dissonant earlier manner and his more tonal later style.

A solo soprano sings a different Polish text in each of the three movements. The first is a Silesian folk song, the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and the third a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus. The first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, and the second movement from that of a child who has lost a parent. The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood and separation through war. (More...)

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...that Frank Zappa won a Grammy award for the album Jazz from Hell, which was composed using, and entirely performed by, the Synclavier synthesizer (pictured)?
...that the Industrial Workers of the World's Little Red Songbook has helped spread that group’s message?
...that Kassav' is the most popular band to ever emerge from the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe?
...that Japanese taiko drums (pictured) are played with wooden sticks called bachi?
...that the Uruguayan Invasion was a musical phenomenon of the 1960s distinctly similar to the British Invasion, with rock bands from Uruguay rapidly gaining popularity in Argentina?
...that the bass player Jaco Pastorius was killed by a night club bouncer, after being refused entry to a Santana concert?
...that Austrian composer Alban Berg encoded names and messages in his works using the Twelve-tone technique, and wrote program music referring to his secret love for novelist Franz Werfel's sister?
...that French singer Alizée's performance of her song J'en ai marre was the inspiration of the female Night Elf dance in World of Warcraft?

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