Lutosławski at 100: VI. The Late Style

Part Six of a Seven-Part Series Celebrating the Lutosławski Centenary

Monday, November 04, 2013

Gdańsk, Poland Gdańsk, Poland (Courtesy of the Polish Cultural Institute New York)

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:

Lutosławski’s late style, in evidence from about 1979 on, is marked by an increased role for lyrical melody, thinner, simpler textures and harmonies, and sometimes allusions to Classical and Baroque forms, rhythms, and techniques.

The late period is marked, too, by what Lutosławski scholar Charles Bodman Rae calls “catching up with arrears” — returning to projects and interests that had lain dormant since his youth, including a renewed attention to his first instruments, violin and piano.

Lutosławski at 100: Part 6 features the following works: Partita, Subito, Piano Concerto and excerpts from Chantefleurs et Chantefables.

* Introduction * Centennial Introduction by Steven Stucky 
* Lutosławski 101 * Insights and Anecdotes from Esa-Pekka Salonen

* 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.

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Produced by:

Alex Ambrose

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