By Zbigniew Skowron
The writings of twentieth-century Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski display many vital features of his method of song and his viewpoints as an artist and as a guy. In Lutoslawski on track, the 1st complete selection of writings by way of this well-known composer, Zbigniew Skowron has accrued an exhilarating collection of essays, speeches, lectures, and articles, lots of that are newly translated in English and formerly unpublished. After an introductory autobiography, the writings, grouped in 5 components, illustrate a number of facets of the composer's creativity, and talk about musical shape, compositional procedure, and belief. Lutoslawski examines his personal works in addition to these of alternative composers, and expresses his perspectives on the most important facets of twentieth-century track, together with the function of Schoenberg and Debussy and the effect of the western avant-garde of the Fifties. The booklet additionally includes Lutoslawski's inventive Diary, his 'notebook of principles' written from 1959 to 1984 containing intensely own reflections that don't seem in his public speeches and writings. Concluding with a opt for bibliography, this assortment will supply readers a special and entire evaluate of the fellow and his track, encouraging a whole appreciation of Lutoslawski's compositional strategy and aesthetic perspectives, in addition to his place within the heritage of twentieth-century music.
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