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Lutosławski at 100: II. The Postwar Period
Part Two 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:
In the utter destruction left after World War II, Polish musicians, like all of Polish society, strove to pick up the pieces. At the same time, official artistic policy, newly imported from the Soviet Union, decreed a return to the musical language of the 19th century and an emphasis on folk music.
In Lutosławski’s case, this meant a job at the Polish Radio (hired and nurtured there by Władysław Szpilman, “The Pianist” of Roman Polański’s famous film). Much of his income came from popular songs (composed under pseudonyms) and music for children, but his style in “functional,” “utilitarian” music also led to the mighty Concerto for Orchestra, his first masterpiece.
Lutosławski at 100: Part 2 features the following works: Six Children’s Songs, Silesian Triptych, Bucolics, Dance Preludes, Little Suite and excerpts from Concerto for Orchestra.
* 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.