Although Lutosławski thought his “Concerto” marginal, it has been recognized as his greatest work from the time preceding “Musique funèbre”. Concerto for Orchestra. Witold Lutosławski BORN: January 25, Warsaw DIED: February 7, Warsaw. COMPOSED: Between and , and. Witold Lutosławski – Composer – Concerto for Orchestra [Koncert na orkiestre] ( ) – Music Sales Classical.

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The reprisal of the capriccio is intoned by the cellos and harp, the theme bowed, then with pizzicato. Our website uses cookies to give you the best possible experience. Everywhere Shop Hire Library.

San Francisco Symphony – Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The first movement, orchestea Intrada, is cast in an arch form composed of a number of sections: The return of the toccata is initiated by a section lutosaws,i melodic structures appearing in this movement.

The Toccata returns, only to give way to the Chorale once again. The resulting Concerto for Orchestra took nearly four years to complete. Free use is made of all twelve notes, while sometimes the part writing suggests several simultaneous tonal planes. Its lutosawsku, triumphal passage is the climax of the work. The second movement Capriccio notturno e arioso resembles a symphonic scherzo in character and structure.

The arch form of the first movement contains two more alternating sections: The very condensed reprise of the first part finally peters out on divided double basses and drums of different sizes.

Concerto for Orchestra (Lutosławski)

The ultosawski Intrada, arresting in its propulsive rhythms, yields to the gossamer textures of the Capriccio notturno e Arioso. The majestic chords, alternating with a folk melody in solo instruments are presented in different colouristic arrangements. Music Education Day Check. Always an elegant conductor, Mariss Jansons began the Passacaglia poised like a cat about to pounce on the double bass section, then kept a tight rein on this movement’s menacing turbulence, effecting a beautifully calm transition into the simple wind chorale at the centre, and winding up the acceleration at the end excitingly.

An analogous section A1 ends the Intrada.


The second movement opens and ends with brilliant playing by strings and woodwinds, seconded by snare drum, cohcerto and harp. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: He also endowed them with a new musical sense by presenting them in the context of different melodic and harmonic content. The first theme returns in the lyrical ending of the Intradawhile the two others cnocerto throughout the movement.

Luutosawski page was last edited on 13 Augustat The finale contains many spectacular effects such as the harp glissandos, the tremolandos in the piano and other instrumental parts as litosawski as rapid passages with forte fortissimo dynamics. They are coloured in new ways, owing to the instrumental, dynamic and textural transformations. The theme is revealed in increasingly higher registers of string instruments and then in a group of woodwind instruments in perfect fifth transpositions, all this against the background of continuously sounding octave F sharps in double basses, kettle-drums and harps.

Soon another variant of this theme appears, a singing melody of the horn that sharply contrasts with a new idea — a sequence of falling sixths. It is concluded with the ominous rumblings of the drums, double-basses and bass clarinet. Retrieved from ” https: The score calls for three flutes two doubling piccolothree oboes one doubling cor anglaislutossawski clarinets one doubling bass clarinetthree bassoons one doubling contrabassoonfour hornsfour trumpetsfour trombonestubatimpanisnaretenor and bass drumcymbalstambourinetam-tamxylophonebellscelestatwo harpspiano and strings.

Consisting of four sections A A1 B A2the lutodawski includes jocose elements A, A1 and A2in very quick tempo, with unexpected accents, lutosawsmi the flow of the material as well as a song-like section Bmodelled on folk melodies. Concerto for Orchestra [Koncert na orkiestre]. Successive presentations of its theme begin and end at different moments from the variations overlapping each other like links of a chain[K1]. Concerto is a work of rich instrumental colour and lively musical action embracing a wide range of moods and emotions.

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That period ended unexpectedly quickly, as can be seen in works composed shortly after the Concerto: Capriccio notturno ed Arioso: Andrzej Bauer Krzysztof akowski Piotr Paleczny. An energetic entry by the strings opens the Toccatawhich then gives way to the Choralethe solemn theme of which is intoned orchextra oboes and clarinets.


The third movement Passacaglia, toccata e corale is the most artistically constructed movement containing at the same time a feature characteristic of the composers late works, namely a chain-like combination of musical motifs. The whole ends with a concise, impressive coda. Concerto for Orchestra is characterised by clarity of form and a dynamic musical action, the climax of which occurs in the third and last movement of the work.

The final section provides a much condensed, quiet reprise of the opening one, the pedal F sharp now sounding in the high register.

These fragments are referred to as Capriccio notturno.

Witold Lutosławski

It was given a slightly cool but very persuasive performance here. Views Read Edit View history. In his Concerto for Orchestra he drew on several folk tunes from the Mazowsze region. The first section of the finale is an elaborate Passacaglia.

In turn, in the section Allegro giusto after Figure 61there appears for the first time material marked by the constant, rapid movement of the toccata.

Concerto for Orchestra is a virtuosic composition, requiring from the performers high technical efficiency and an ability to create contrasting moods. The B section contains motifs of a new folk melody, appearing in the score with the expression cantando, whereas the C section starting from Figure 6 consists of freely composed material. Whereas this first paragraph stems form a single idea that is handed over from one group of instruments to another, the texture gradually becoming more and more complex, the larger central panel is less limited in its material.

It is followed by an expressive Arioso initiated by the brass section. The ebullient first movement seemed a perfectly constructed arch, and the second seethed and scurried with a precision that was almost effortless.

Lutoslaswki felt free to treat his basic ideas in a manner that did not put any curb on his creativity. Jadwiga Paja-Stach translated by Ewa Cholewka.