Written for and dedicated to Michael Vyner and the London Sinfonietta.
The title Chain 1 suggests both the form used in this work and the intention of composing more ‘chains’ in the future.
In a work composed in ‘chain’ form the music is divided into two strands. Particular sections do not begin at the same moment in each strand, nor do they end together. In other words, in the middle of a section in one strand a new section begins in the other.
This principle has already been used in my previous compositions as a base for particular stages of the form or in whole movements, as in the Passacaglia of my Concerto for Orchestra. In Chain 1 the principle of chain-form serves to construct the greater part of the piece. Towards the end the texture becomes more complex and consists of several individual parts played ‘ad libitum’, which form a network of melodies to be played ‘cantabile’.
I have composed Chain 1 for the fourteen principal players of the London Sinfonietta as a souvenir of our common music-making.
© Witold Lutoslawski
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