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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It is followed by an expressive Arioso initiated by the brass section. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

The very condensed reprise of the first part finally peters out on divided double basses and drums of different sizes. He also endowed them with a new musical sense by presenting them in the context of different melodic and harmonic content.

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The reprisal of the capriccio is intoned by the cellos and harp, the theme bowed, then with pizzicato. Andante con lutksawski — Allegro giusto — in three sections: Concerto for Orchestra is a virtuosic composition, requiring from the performers high technical efficiency and an ability to create contrasting moods.

The return of the toccata is initiated by a section synthesising melodic structures appearing in this movement. Whereas this first paragraph stems form a single idea that is handed over from one group of instruments to another, lutoosawski texture gradually becoming more and more complex, the larger central panel is less limited in its material.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the section using the formal model of the passacaglia, the composer took as his theme a variant of a folk melody, which assumes various colouristic shades evident in a dozen varied instrumental combinations, ranging from the dark colour of double basses with harp, through increasingly lighter colours to a two-tiered orchestral tutti, in which the theme is accompanied by a mobile conceryo of ”rushing”, ”brilliant” figurations.

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


The Toccata returns, only to give way to the Chorale once again. 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 score calls for three flutes two doubling piccolothree oboes one doubling cor anglaisthree clarinets one doubling bass clarinetthree bassoons one doubling contrabassoonfour hornsfour trumpetsfour trombonestubatimpanisnaretenor and bass drumcymbalstambourinetam-tamxylophonebellscelestatwo harpspiano and strings.

These fragments are referred to as Capriccio notturno. Jadwiga Paja-Stach translated by Ewa Cholewka.

Lutoswaski using the site as normal or read our Privacy Policy. Lutoslaswki felt free to treat his basic ideas in a manner lhtosawski did not put any curb on his creativity. Vivace — the Capriccio is an airy, virtuoso scherzothe main subject of which is intoned by the violin, followed by the remainder of the strings and woodwinds.

The Corale’s second appearance produces a solemn finale for the monumental construction, the material for which is borrowed from a nineteenth-century collection compiled by the Polish ethnologist Oskar Kolberg. Concerto for Orchestra [Koncert na orkiestre].

He transformed these melodies by changing their rhythms and by subjecting them to colouristic alterations through varied instrumentation. While much of the material used is folk orientated, no attempt was made to reproduce folk idioms. The ebullient first movement seemed a perfectly constructed arch, and the second seethed and scurried with a precision that was almost effortless. The resulting Concerto for Orchestra took nearly four years to complete.

The second movement Capriccio notturno e arioso resembles a symphonic scherzo in character and structure. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use lutosawsii Privacy Policy. Discography – Concerto for Orchestra [Koncert na orkiestre]. It was given a slightly cool but very persuasive performance here. Its last, triumphal passage is the climax of the work. With regard to its content, the toccata theme is akin to that of the passacaglia; it gains a new character here, however, mainly owing to the rhythmic changes and tempo variation, whereas new melodic material is introduced in Corale after Figure The first section of the finale is an elaborate Passacaglia.

It is concluded with the ominous rumblings of the drums, double-basses and bass clarinet. The instruments have been alotted parts varying in character: Rowicki, at that lutosswski chief conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, asked him to compose a large virtuoso work for the orchestra, based on folk themes.


The first theme returns in the lyrical ending of the Intradawhile the two others intertwine throughout the movement. Andrzej Bauer Krzysztof akowski Piotr Paleczny. The lengthy concluding Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale, an intricate study in regenerating and reshaping primary materials, may be the most invigorating 16 minutes in contemporary music.

In elaborating the folk material, he had recourse to musical tradition, using toccata and passacaglia forms ffor well as imitation technique and enriching traditional elements with modern harmonies and instrumentation. The majestic chords, alternating with a folk melody in solo instruments are presented in different colouristic arrangements.

The theme is revealed in increasingly higher registers of string instruments and orchestar 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.

The differences consist in a different instrumental elaboration of the same folk song, heard now in solo woodwind instruments and solo violins, the parts for these instruments meandering in contrapuntal entanglements against the background of a high-register f sharp.

Free use is made of all twelve notes, while sometimes the part writing suggests several simultaneous tonal planes. Successive presentations of its theme begin and end at different moments from the variations overlapping each other like links of a chain[K1]. The work starts with a theme in cellos based on a Masovian song. Retrieved from ” https: Works by categories Orchestral Symphonic orchestra Chamber orchestra String orchestra Wind orchestra Instrument luhosawski with orchestra ensemble Vocal-instrumental music Electronic music Stage works Music for children Sacred Music.

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The arch form of the first movement contains two more alternating sections: Music Education Day Check. This page was last edited on 13 Augustat Our website uses cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: The second movement opens and ends with brilliant playing by strings and woodwinds, seconded by snare drum, celesta and harp. Everywhere Shop Hire Library.