Witold Lutoslawski
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1913-01-25
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Witold Lutoslawski

Witold Lutoslawski Biography (BBC)

Witold Lutoslawski hoped to continue his studies in Paris after graduating in piano and composition from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1937. But military service intervened, during which he was captured by the Germans before escaping to Warsaw (his brother was not so fortunate, and died in Siberia).

His Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1941) for two pianos, was written for himself and his composer-contemporary Andrzej Panufnik, with whom he played in Warsaw’s cafés. In 1949 Lutoslawski’s First Symphony (1947) was banned, and in the following years his output included much folk music, including children’s songs, until the extrovert Concerto for Orchestra (1950–54) established his national reputation. His fondness of aleatoric, or chance, principles, was first explored in Jeux vénitiens (1961) and in many works of the 1960s.

After the Symphony No. 2 (1965–7) and the Cello Concerto (1969–70) he developed a more melodic style in the Double Concerto for oboe and harp (1980) and Symphony No. 3 (1981–3). He died a year after the premiere in Los Angeles of his Symphony No. 4.

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Witold Lutoslawski Biography (Wikipedia)

Witold Roman Lutosławski (25 January 1913 – 7 February 1994) was a Polish composer and orchestral conductor. He is one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the preeminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. He earned many international awards and prizes. His compositions (of which he was a notable conductor) include four symphonies, a Concerto for Orchestra, a string quartet, instrumental works, concertos, and orchestral song cycles.

During his youth, Lutosławski studied piano and composition in Warsaw. His early works were influenced by Polish folk music. His style demonstrates a wide range of rich atmospheric textures. He began developing his own characteristic composition techniques in the late 1950s. His music from this period onwards incorporates his own methods of building harmonies from small groups of musical intervals. It also uses aleatoric processes, in which the rhythmic coordination of parts is subject to an element of chance.

During World War II, after escaping German capture, Lutosławski made a living by playing the piano in Warsaw bars. After the war, Stalinist authorities banned his First Symphony for being "formalist"—allegedly accessible only to an elite. Lutosławski believed such anti-formalism was an unjustified retrograde step, and he resolutely strove to maintain his artistic integrity. In the 1980s, Lutosławski gave artistic support to the Solidarity movement. Near the end of his life, he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour.

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Epitaph, for oboe & piano
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Epitaph, for oboe & piano
Witold Lutoslawski
Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano
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Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano
Witold Lutoslawski
Sacher Variation for solo cello
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Sacher Variation for solo cello
Witold Lutoslawski
Partita for Violin and Piano - 1st movement
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Partita for Violin and Piano - 1st movement
Witold Lutoslawski
Variations on a Theme by Paganini
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Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto for orchestra
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Concerto for orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski
Trois Poemes d'Henri Michaux (1963): Le grand combat & Repos dans le malheur
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Trois Poemes d'Henri Michaux (1963): Le grand combat & Repos dans le malheur
Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto for Orchestra - I. Intrada (Allegro maestoso)
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Concerto for Orchestra - I. Intrada (Allegro maestoso)
Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto for Orchestra
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Concerto for Orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski
Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938)
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Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938)
Witold Lutoslawski
Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
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Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski
Paganini Variations
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Paganini Variations
Azpiazu, Jose de, Kuropaczewski, Lukasz & Witold Lutoslawski
9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny)
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9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny)
Witold Lutoslawski
Ten Polish Dances
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Ten Polish Dances
Witold Lutoslawski
Five Songs
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Five Songs
Witold Lutoslawski
Slides
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Past BBC Events

Prom 49 Proms 1993
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Royal Albert Hall
1993-08-27T03:09:46
27
Aug
1993

Prom 49 Proms 1993

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 24 Proms 1991
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ep4xj5
Royal Albert Hall
1991-08-08T03:09:46
8
Aug
1991

Prom 24 Proms 1991

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 13 Proms 1989
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e2grzc
Royal Albert Hall
1989-08-01T03:09:46
1
Aug
1989

Prom 13 Proms 1989

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 26 Proms 1988
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Royal Albert Hall
1988-08-12T03:09:46
12
Aug
1988

Prom 26 Proms 1988

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 26 Proms 1985
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Royal Albert Hall
1985-08-10T03:09:46
10
Aug
1985

Prom 26 Proms 1985

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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