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Lutosławski at 100: VII. Last Thoughts
Part Seven 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:
Considering the powerful repertoire Lutosławski composed during his mature middle period (ca. 1960-79) and the powerful example he set during those years as a progressive composer who nevertheless communicated to a broad public in very direct, personal terms, lovers of his music were surprised when his language took a turn in yet a new direction during the 1980s and early ’90s.
Without giving up any of the hard-won aspects of his brilliant modernist language, at the same time he returned to some harmonies and methods of his earlier music, creating a newly subtle and flexible language, and culminating at the end of his life in perhaps his greatest works, Chain 2 and the Fourth Symphony.
Lutosławski at 100: Part 7 features the following works: Chain 2, Chain 3 and excerpts of Symphony No. 4.
* 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.