The fall of Communism has brought many benefits (as well as some uncertainties) to the people who once wore that ideology's chains. Not the least of these benefits is the emergence of a group of composers from the former Eastern Bloc countries who write in musical languages informed by both Western art and Slavic roots. Andrzej Panufnik (1914-91), Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94), Krzystof Penderecki (born in 1933), and Henryk Gorecki (also born in 1933) wrote (or write) in very different styles, yet all four express their Polish background and reactions to the totalitarian regimes of Nazism and Communism. Of them, Henryk Gorecki has perhaps reached most successfully to find a universal idiom, a feat which has made him a better-known figure internationally than the others, but in the small world of Polish music, they all have heard and affected one another. Author Bernard Jacobson has had the advantage of working with Panufnik and interviewing the rest, and he brings authority to this well-written multiple biography.