- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Prominent Polish composers and officials have bid farewell to Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, best known for composing his “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” at a memorial service in his home city.

Composers Wojciech Kilar and Krzysztof Penderecki joined Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski for Wednesday’s concert and funeral Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King in the southern Polish city of Katowice.

The service included music by Gorecki himself, along with that from Richard Strauss and others.

Gorecki died on Nov. 12, aged 76. He was to be buried later Wednesday in Katowice.

“Sorrowful Songs” symphony for soprano solo and orchestra, was published in the United States in 1992. It later became a best-selling recording, reaching the top of classical music charts in both the U.S. and Britain.

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