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LUTOSLAWSKI, Witold
b Warsaw, 25 January 1913
d Warsaw 7 February 1994, aged eighty-one

His first piece, a prelude for piano, dates from 1922, when he was nine years old. Much of his early work has been lost because of the Nazi occupation and the later Stalinist era. He studied privately from 1924 to 1925, then was at the Warsaw Conservatory from 1932 to 1936, receiving diplomas in piano and composition. From 1932 to 1955 he appeared as a pianist, and since 1953 has been a conductor. He has lectured in the USA, Denmark, England, Sweden and Germany, and has won many international awards and honours.

1934 (21)

Piano Sonata

1938 (25)

Symphonic Variations for orchestra

1941 (28)

Variations on a Theme of Paganini for two pianos

Symphony No 1 (1941-7)

1949 (36)

Overture for strings

1950-3 (37-41)

Concerto for orchestra

1951 (38)

Little Suite, for orchestra

Silesian Triptych, for soprano and orchestra

1954 (41)

Dance Preludes/ first version for clarinet and piano

1955 (42)

Dance Preludes, second version for clarinet and instruments

1957 (44)

Five Songs

1958 (45)

Funeral Music, for strings

Three Postludes for orchestra (1958-63)

1959 (46)

Dance Preludes, third version, for instruments

1961 (48)

Jeux Venitiens, for chamber orchestra

1962-3 (49-50)

Trois poemes d'Henri Michaux, for mixed chorus of twenty voices, wind instruments, two pianos, harp and percussion

1964 (51)

String Quartet

1965 (52)

Paroles tissees, for voice and instruments

1967 (54)

Symphony No 2

1968 (55)

Livre pour orchestre

1969-70 (56-7)

Cello Concerto

1972 (59)

Preludes and Fugue for thirteen solo strings

1975 (62)

Les espaces du sommeil, for baritone and orchestra

Sacher Variation, for cello

1976 (63)

Mi-Parti, for orchestra

1978-9 (65-6)

Novelette, for orchestra

1979 (66)

Epitaph, for oboe and piano

1981 (68)

Grave, for cello and piano

1982 (69)

Mini Overture

1983 (70)

fp Symphony No 3

Chain I, for small orchestra

Lutoslawski has also written vocal and instrumental music for children, and music for radio.

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