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Witold Lutosławski

Publisher: Chester Music

Partita (1988)
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Chester Music is the publisher of this work in all territories except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of the former Czechoslovakia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM).
Chester Music Ltd (Polish Works)
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Witold Lutosławski Partita (1988)
I composed Partita for violin and piano in the autumn of 1984 at the request of St Paul Chamber Orchestra for Pinchas Zukerman and Marc Neikrug.

The work consists for five movements. Of these the main movements are the first (allegro guisto), the third (largo) and the fifth (presto). The second and fourth are but short interludes to be played ad libitum. A short ad libitum section also appears before the end of the last movement.

The three major movements follow, rhythmically at least, the tradition of pre-classical (18th century) keyboard music. This, however, is no more than an allusion. Harmonically and melodically, Partita clearly belongs to the same group of recent compositions as Symphony No.3 and Chain 1.

Pinchas Zukerman and Marc Neikrug gave the first performance on 18 January 1985 at the Ordway Music Theatre, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

(The orchestral version (1988) was written for and dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter. She gave the first performance on 10 January 1990 in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lutoslawksi.)

© Witold Lutoslawski
November 1984

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin / P. Moll, piano
    Witold Lutoslawski
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    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, P. Moll, piano
    Witold Lutoslawski
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    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
    Witold Lutoslawski
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    Antoni Wit
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    Orchestre National de Montpellier
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    Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
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The High point is the flowing arioso of the central movement in which brass threaten but fail to impede the violinist’s lyrical flight. Extended triplets from the soloist compete with the stings’ staccato attacks in the vibrant finale.
Allan Ulrich, The San Francisco Examiner,07/03/1991
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