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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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Against the background of a bass beat we hear a distinctive melody, then its successive, increasingly complex versions are spread in the strings and woodwinds. The first theme returns in the lyrical ending of the Intradawhile the two others intertwine throughout the movement.

An analogous section A1 ends the Intrada. The first movement, entitled Intrada, is cast in an arch form composed of a number of sections: The folklike Intrada, arresting in its propulsive rhythms, yields to the gossamer textures of the Capriccio notturno e Arioso. The reprisal of the capriccio is intoned by the cellos and harp, the theme bowed, then with pizzicato.

With regard to its content, the toccata theme is akin to that conderto 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 Concerto for Orchestra is characterised by clarity of form and a dynamic musical action, the climax lutosawwski which occurs in the third and last movement of the work.

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.

Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra

Newsletter PWM Sign up. Concerto is a work of rich instrumental colour and lively musical action embracing a wide range of moods and emotions. Successive presentations of its theme begin and end at different moments from the variations overlapping each other like links of a chain[K1].

Views Read Edit View history. 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 layer of ”rushing”, ”brilliant” figurations.


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.

Music Education Day Check. 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.

In elaborating the folk material, he had recourse to musical tradition, using toccata and passacaglia forms as well as imitation technique and enriching traditional elements with modern harmonies and instrumentation. It is concluded with the ominous rumblings of the drums, double-basses and bass clarinet.

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra, etc.

The whole ends with a concise, impressive coda. The three movements are: The beginning of the work leaves us in no doubt that it is a composition written on a grand scale. The second movement is also in tripartite form and it displays a similar contrast between its outer sections based on the same material.

Lutoslaswki felt free to treat his basic ideas in a manner that did not put any curb on his creativity. Andrzej Bauer Krzysztof akowski Piotr Paleczny. 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.

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. This brittle but brilliant work is enormously direct. The majestic chords, alternating with a folk melody in solo instruments are presented in different colouristic arrangements. 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.

The first section of the finale is an elaborate Passacaglia. The resulting Concerto for Orchestra took nearly four years to complete.

Andante con moto — Allegro giusto — in three sections: Continue using the site as normal or read our Privacy Policy.


Concerto for Orchestra is a virtuosic composition, requiring from the performers high technical efficiency and an ability to create contrasting lutosawsli.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. He transformed these melodies orchfstra changing their rhythms and by subjecting them to colouristic alterations through varied instrumentation.

The Toccata returns, only to give way to the Chorale once again. Its last, triumphal passage is the climax of the work. Free use is made of all twelve notes, while sometimes the part writing suggests several simultaneous tonal planes.

Jadwiga Paja-Stach translated by Ewa Cholewka. They are coloured in new ways, owing to the instrumental, dynamic and textural transformations.

Lutosławski Witold, Concerto For Orchestra

Discography – Concerto for Orchestra [Koncert na orkiestre]. Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: The arch form of the first movement contains two more alternating sections: Retrieved from ” https: These fragments are referred to as Capriccio notturno. This page was last edited on 13 Augustat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

That period ended unexpectedly quickly, as can be seen in works composed shortly after the Concerto: The finale contains many spectacular effects such as the harp glissandos, the tremolandos in the piano and other instrumental parts as well as rapid passages with forte fortissimo dynamics.

While much of the material used is folk orientated, no attempt was made to reproduce folk idioms. Works by categories Orchestral Symphonic orchestra Chamber orchestra String orchestra Wind orchestra Instrument solo with orchestra ensemble Vocal-instrumental music Electronic music Stage works Music for children Sacred Music. The concerto finishes with a dramatic flourish and climax from the whole orchestra.