Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Ernest Bryll is dead. His lyrics were sung by the biggest stars of the Polish scene

Ernest Bryll (check!) started writing song lyrics in the mid-1960s. His work was used by almost all the leaders of the Polish entertainment scene at that time – including: Czesław Niemen, Maryla Rodowicz, Marek Grechuta, Skaldowie, Halina Frąckowiak, Jerzy Połomski, Michał Bajor, Krystyna Prońko, 2 plus 1, Stan Borys, Halina Kunicka, Łucja Prus, Urszula Sipińska, Danuta Rinn and Andrzej Rybiński.

He wrote many lyrics to music by Katarzyna Gärtner. The spectacle was their joint work “Painted on glass”. The song was commissioned by the Musical Theater in Wrocław and had its premiere there in 1970.

“I wanted to escape into the land of fun, to offer the audience a wander through a fairy-tale and legendary country…” wrote Ernest Bryll about the genesis of this piece.

The most popular songs with lyrics by Ernest Bryll include: “Mountains, Clouds, Valleys” (Jerzy Grunwald), “Hej, baby, baby” (Edward Hulewicz), “Kolibajka” (Maryla Rodowicz), “Mother’s Lullaby” and “The Bullet Couldn’t Hit Him” ​​(2 plus 1), ” I say goodbye to my love” (Jerzy Połomski), “In the hay” (Halina Frąckowiak), “Pieśń Kronika” (Marek Grechuta), “In the mountains, in the clouds” (Skaldowie), “Psalm of those standing in line” (Krystyna Prońko) , “I’m calling you with a cry” (Urszula Sipińska), “Peggy Brown” (Myslovitz), “All cats at night are black” (Anna Jantar) and “And these wings are broken” (Danuta Rinn).

“I never wrote song lyrics specifically, because when I started writing them, they always sucked,” Bryll said. “One composer once told me: don’t write songs, don’t think about it; write poems and let us, musicians, ruminate in them,” he explained.