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Witold Lutosławski

Publisher: Chester Music

Dance Preludes [Preludia taneczne], 2nd version (1955)
Work Notes
Chester Music is the publisher of this work in all territories except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of the former Czechoslovakia, countries of the former Yugoslavia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM).
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd (Polish Works)
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1955
Duration
7 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
clarinet
Orchestration
Alternate Orchestration
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Programme Note
Witold Lutosławski Dance Preludes [Preludia taneczne], 2nd version (1955)
DANCE PRELUDES

In 1954 Lutoslawski completed a work for clarinet and piano entitled DANCE PRELUDES. The following year, he re-worked it for clarinet, harp, piano, percussion and strings and four years later he produced a third version for the Czech Nonet (woodwind quintet, violin, viola, cello and double bass). The work is in five movements and is based on folk songs from northern Poland, although the original folk material has been so seamlessly interwoven as to make any precise identification impossible.
The composer has referred to it as “My farewell to folklore for an indefinite period” and it completed what had been one of the most difficult times of his career.
The work lasts for seven minutes

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