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Lutosławski at 100: I. Early Works and World War II
Part One of a Seven-Part Series Celebrating the Lutosławski Centenary
Monday, November 04, 2013
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – 24 hours of music hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Curated by composer and Lutosławski scholar Steven Stucky, Lutosławski at 100 comprises seven one-hour episodes (beginning at 1 am, 9 am and 5 pm) tracing the life and creative evolution of one of Poland's legendary musical voices, as well as Lutosławski 101 – a one-hour primer (at 12 am, 8 am and 4 pm) with insights from noted Lutosławski conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Steven Stucky writes:
After graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory in piano and composition, Lutosławski planned to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. History had other plans for him, and for Poland: in September 1939 Hitler invaded, and Lutosławski spent the next five and a half years first as a soldier, then a prisoner of war, then eking out a living as a pianist in the cafés of occupied Warsaw.
Lutosławski at 100: Part 1 features the following works: Symphonic Variations, Pagannini Variations, Two Children's Songs and excerpts from Piano Sonata, 20 Polish Carols and Symphony No. 1.
* Part 1 * Early Works and World War II
* Part 2 * The Postwar Period
* Part 3 * Breakthrough to Modernism
* Part 4 * Consolidating the Mature Style
* Part 5 * Heroism and Dissent
* Part 6 * The Late Style
* Part 7 * Last Thoughts
Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now is supported, in part, by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska Music programme, and is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.