Lutosławski grew up in a musical family. He received private piano and violin lessons at an early age , then regular music theory lessons at the Warsaw State Conservatory (now Fryderyk Chopin University for Music ) . He learned composition from Witold Maliszewski , a student of Rimski-Korsakow . In parallel to his musical education, Lutosławski studied mathematics and science. He found a lot in common in music and mathematics , which did not remain without consequences for his compositional career.
Composer and musician
Lutosławski chose the path of professional composer. The first outstanding compositions are the Symphonic Variations (1938). His plan to study in Paris failed when the Second World War broke out . After escaping from German captivity, he made his way as a pianist in Warsaw . Together with his composer colleague Andrzej Panufnik , he founded a piano duo with which he performed in the Warsaw cafés and thus participated in the only possible form of public music-making during the war.
After the war, the First Symphony was written , which in Stalinist Poland was described as formalistic and banned. To stay afloat, Lutosławski wrote a lot of everyday music ; Works for radio , film , theater and numerous songs for children.
The year 1954 and the cultural and political thaw in Poland opened up new possibilities for experimentation for Lutosławski. He used u. a. serial (e.g. in funeral music ) and aleatoric techniques (e.g. in Jeux vénitiens ). With his compositions he not only made regular guest appearances at the Warszawska Jesień Festival (Eng. "Warsaw Autumn"), but was also a member of the jury for composers' competitions in Moscow , East Berlin , Helsinki , Salzburg , Strasbourg , Donaueschingen , Rome and Liège .
Lutosławski began working as a conductor in the 1960s . By working with the orchestra, he hoped on the one hand that his works would be better adapted to the possibilities of the orchestral apparatus, on the other hand he found new impulses for his compositional practice.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Lutosławski increasingly restricted his activities to conducting his own compositions. Until the end of his life he was a regular guest on concert stages around the world and died as an internationally recognized composer and musician who was honored with many awards.
Prizes, awards and honors
- 1959: First prize from the International Tribune des compositeurs of UNESCO
- 1962: First prize of the International Tribune des compositeurs of UNESCO
- 1964: First prize from the International Tribune des compositeurs of UNESCO
- 1965: Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles Cros Academy
- 1966: Alfred Jurzykowski Prize of the Kosciuszko Foundation
- 1967: Léonie Sonning Music Prize
- 1967: Herder Prize
- 1968: First prize from the International Tribune des compositeurs of UNESCO
- 1971: Maurice Ravel Prize
- 1971: Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles Cros Academy
- 1973: Wihuri Sibelius Prize
- 1983: Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
- 1985: Grawemeyer Award
- 1991: Signature Award from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- 1992: Distinguished Musician Award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians
- 1993: Polar Music Prize
- 1993: Kyoto Prize
- 1993: Music Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society
- 1977: Order Budowniczych Polski Ludowej
- 1986: Gold Medal from the Royal Philharmonic Society
- 1993: Order Pour le Mérite
- 1994: Order of the White Eagle
- 1971: Cleveland Institute of Music
- 1973: University of Warsaw
- 1974: Northwestern University , Chicago
- 1975: Lancaster University
- 1977: University of Glasgow
- 1980: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
- 1983: University of Durham
- 1984: Jagiellonian University , Krakow
- 1987: Baldwin Wallace College, Berea
- 1987: University of Cambridge
- 1987: Queen's University Belfast
- 1988: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music , Warsaw
- 1990: New England Conservatory of Music , Boston
- 1990: Université des Sciences Humaines
- 1991: Duquesne University , Pittsburgh
- 1993: McGill University , Montreal
- 1966: Free Academy of the Arts , Hamburg
- 1969: International Society for Contemporary Music ISCM ( International Society for New Music )
- 1974: American Academy of Arts and Letters , New York
- 1974: National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York
- 1976: Royal Academy of Music , London
- 1979: External member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts , Paris
- Piano Sonata (1934), premiered on February 16, 1935 in Warsaw
- Symphonic Variations (1936–1938)
- Variations on a Theme by Paganini for two pianos (1941)
- Two studies for piano (1941)
- Twelve Folk Melodies for Piano (1945), premiered on July 22, 1946 in Warsaw
- First Symphony (1941–1947)
- Mała suita (“Small Suite”) for chamber orchestra (1950); for symphony orchestra (1951)
- Tryptyk śląski ("Silesian Triptych") for soprano and orchestra (1951)
- Bukoliki for piano (1952)
- Concerto for orchestra (1950–1954)
- Three pieces for the youth for piano (1953)
- Dance preludes for clarinet and piano (1954); for clarinet and chamber orchestra (1955)
- Funeral music (1954–1958)
- Jeux vénitiens (1960–1961)
- Trois poèmes d ' Henri Michaux for choir and orchestra (1961–1963)
- String Quartet (1964)
- Paroles tissées for tenor and chamber orchestra (1965)
- Second symphony (1965–1967)
- Inwencja ("Invention") for piano (1966)
- Livre pour orchester (1968)
- Concerto for violoncello and orchestra (1969–1970)
- Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings (1970–1972)
- Sacher Variation for cello solo (1975)
- Les espaces du sommeil for baritone and orchestra (1974–1975)
- Mi-parti for orchestra (1975–1976)
- Novelette for orchestra (1978–1979)
- Double concerto for oboe, harp and string orchestra (1979–1980), a work commissioned by Paul Sacher
- Grave - Metamorphoses for cello and piano (1981)
- Mini-Overture for Brass (1982)
- Third Symphony (1981-1983)
- Chain I for chamber ensemble (1983)
- Partita for violin and piano (1984)
- Chain II. Dialogue for violin and orchestra (1983–1985), a work commissioned by Paul Sacher
- Chain III for orchestra (1986)
- Fanfare for Louisville for winds and percussion (1986)
- Fanfare for CUBE (1986)
- Concerto for piano and orchestra (1987–1988)
- Chantefleurs et chantefables for soprano and orchestra (1989–1990)
- Fourth symphony (1988–1992)
- Manfred Sapper and Volker Weichsel (eds.): Witold Lutosławski. A life in music. Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-8305-3111-1 .
The title music for ZDF magazine (1969–1988) came from the first movement (“Intrada”) of Witold Lutosławski's concert for orchestra from 1950–1954 , in which the motif is heard for the first time after about two minutes. As modern and atonal as it seems, a very similar motif appeared 180 years earlier in a work by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach , namely in the Hamburg Symphony No. 5 in B minor (Wq 182 / H 661) a few bars after the beginning of the 3rd movement.
- Danuta Gwizdalanka , Krzysztof Meyer : Witold Lutosławski. Paths to Mastery. Translated from the Polish by Christina Marie Hauptmeier. Pfau, Saarbrücken 2014.
- Martina Homma: Witold Lutosławski. Twelve-tone harmony - formation of form - "aleatoric counterpoint". Bela, Cologne 1996.
- Lisa Jakelski, Nicholas Reyland (Eds.): Lutosławski's Worlds. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge 2018.
- Zbigniew Skowron (Ed.): Lutosławski Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford / New York 2001.
- Works by and about Witold Lutosławski in the catalog of the German National Library
- Literature on Witold Lutosławski in the bibliography of music literature
- Witold Lutosławski at Discogs (English)
- Witold Lutosławski. A life in music. In: Eastern Europe . Issue 11–12, 2012
- Website about Witold Lutosławski
- ISCM Honorary Members
- Berliner Philharmoniker - the magazine. March / April 2009, p. 19.
- ZDF-Magazin, opening credits from 1980 on YouTube .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Polish composer and conductor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 25, 1913|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Warsaw , Poland|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 7, 1994|
|Place of death||Warsaw|