Thursday, 27 March 2014

Piece of the day: Little suite by Witold Lutosławski

Today I wanted to share a rarely-played piece by the Polish composer Witold Roman Lutosławski (25 January 1913 – 7 February 1994), who composed some great music.

Witold Lutoslawski

His compositions use traditional folk melodies of his native Poland, and in his mature years take on an individual sort of twelve-tone atonality that he developed.

This piece is absolutely brilliant, and has some great moments, like the alternating meter sections in the first movement, the joyful second movement, the languishing but discrete melodies in the third, and the up-beat feeling to the fourth. Enjoy!

Witold Lutosławski, Little Suite