Witold Lutosławski

Born 25 January 1913. Died 7 February 1994
Witold Lutosławski
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1913-01-25
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Witold Lutosławski

Witold Lutosławski 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 Lutosławski Biography (Wikipedia)

Witold Roman Lutosławski (25 January 1913 – 7 February 1994) was a Polish composer and orchestral conductor. He was 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.

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Paganini Variations for 2 pianos
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Paganini Variations for 2 pianos
Witold Lutosławski
Little Suite
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Little Suite
Witold Lutosławski
Sacher Variations
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Sacher Variations
Witold Lutosławski
Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano
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Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano

Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano

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Seraphin Maurice Lutz
Eugen Burger-Yonov
Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Orchestra
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Concerto for Orchestra
Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No.1: I. Allegro giusto
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Symphony No.1: I. Allegro giusto
Witold Lutosławski
Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra)
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Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra)
Witold Lutosławski
Ten Polish Dances
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Ten Polish Dances

Ten Polish Dances

Orchestra
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Lukasz Borowicz
Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No.1 (1941-47)
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Symphony No.1 (1941-47)
Witold Lutosławski
Variations on a theme of Paganini for two pianos
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Variations on a theme of Paganini for two pianos
Witold Lutosławski
Fujarka (Little Suite)
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Fujarka (Little Suite)
Witold Lutosławski
Little Suite
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Little Suite
Witold Lutosławski
Variations on a theme of Paganini, for 2 pianos
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Variations on a theme of Paganini, for 2 pianos
Witold Lutosławski
5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello
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5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello
Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No.3
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Symphony No.3
Witold Lutosławski
Paganini Variations
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Paganini Variations
Witold Lutosławski
Silesian Triptych
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Silesian Triptych

Silesian Triptych

Ensemble
filharmonia wroclawska
Witold Lutosławski
Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano
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Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano
Witold Lutosławski
5 Bucolics
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5 Bucolics
Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Orchestra
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Concerto for Orchestra
Witold Lutosławski
Funeral music [Muzyka zalobna] for string orchestra
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Funeral music [Muzyka zalobna] for string orchestra
Witold Lutosławski
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 Lutosławski
Symphony No.3
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Symphony No.3
Witold Lutosławski
Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & orch
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Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & orch
Witold Lutosławski
Symphonic Variations
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Symphonic Variations
Witold Lutosławski
Cello Concerto
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Cello Concerto
Witold Lutosławski
Paganini Variations
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Paganini Variations
Witold Lutosławski
Livre pour Orchestre
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Livre pour Orchestre
Witold Lutosławski
La Belle-de-nuit (Chantefleurs et Chantefables)
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La Belle-de-nuit (Chantefleurs et Chantefables)
Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No. 4
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Symphony No. 4
Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Witold Lutosławski
Fanfare for CUBE
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Fanfare for CUBE
Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No. 3
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Symphony No. 3
Witold Lutosławski
Epitaph for Oboe and Piano
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Epitaph for Oboe and Piano

Epitaph for Oboe and Piano

Performer
Melanie Ragge
Ann Martin-Davis
Witold Lutosławski
Les espaces du sommeil
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Les espaces du sommeil
Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
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Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1993: Prom 49
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Royal Albert Hall
1993-08-27T20:47:59
27
Aug
1993

Proms 1993: Prom 49

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1991: Prom 24
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Royal Albert Hall
1991-08-08T20:47:59
8
Aug
1991

Proms 1991: Prom 24

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1989: Prom 13
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Royal Albert Hall
1989-08-01T20:47:59
1
Aug
1989

Proms 1989: Prom 13

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1988: Prom 26
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Royal Albert Hall
1988-08-12T20:47:59
12
Aug
1988

Proms 1988: Prom 26

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1985: Prom 26
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Royal Albert Hall
1985-08-10T20:47:59
10
Aug
1985

Proms 1985: Prom 26

Royal Albert Hall

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