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Lutosławski at 100: V. Heroism and Dissent
Part Five 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:
Two of Lutosławski’s most durable, most widely loved scores, the Cello Concerto (1970) and the Third Symphony (1983) encapsulate much of what is compelling about his middle-period music.
Both are highly charged, even theatrical scores, with the larger-than-life solo cellist like a valiant modern-day Don Quixote, and the symphony announcing its fateful ambition in its first four notes, the now-famous motto E-E-E-E. Both works were born amidst political turmoil; both have transcended the narrower circumstances of their origin to become modern classics.
Lutosławski at 100: Part 5 features the following works: Cello Concerto and Symphony No. 3.
* 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.