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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