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Witold Lutosławski

Publisher: Chester Music

Lutosławski has long been acknowledged as one of the most significant composers of the 20th century. His works have earned a place in the orchestral repertory unequalled by those of any other contemporary composer, and for the last 30 years he has been much in demand as conductor of his own work with all the leading orchestras in Europe, North America and the Far East. Although he is often described as 'a Polish composer', a narrowly nationalistic label is inappropriate for a creative artist whose musical roots are more cosmopolitan and more widely European. - Charles Bodman Rae, The Independent

(Symphony No 3) ...so dazzling in its originality, so powerful in its use of the orchestra’s resources and so remarkable in its ability to communicate. ... a challenging, completely intensive journey in sound which consistently surprises us and grabs us up in its visceral sweep. - Joe Cunniff, The Chicago Leader



Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 1994 awarded Order of the White Eagle by Lech Walesa
  • 1985 Grawemeyer Award for Symphony No 3
  • 1983 awarded Solidarity Prize by Polish underground
  • 1961 first use of his 'controlled aleatory counterpoint' in Jeux vénitiens
  • 1949 Symphony No 1 banned as 'formalist'
  • 1932-7 studied composition at Warsaw Conservatory





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