Quartettino, one of Górecki's early compositions, was written when he was still a student at the State Higher Music School in Katowice. It was first performed in February 1958 during his public debutante's concert organized by the school authorities a high distinction for a student. This three-section piece, placed on the programme beside other works such as Toccata, Variations, Sonata for two violins, was distinguished by its unusual instrumentation: combination of two flutes, oboe and violin. Like the other pieces, the work not only charmed the experts of this kind of music, but also caused real amazement, as it revealed Górecki's excellent knowledge of new compositional techniques (e.g. dodecaphony), with which most Polish composers were still not acquainted.
[Based on A. Thomas, Górecki, Kraków 1998, PWM]