Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog

Mikołajki

From the memoirs of Konrad Tarasiewicz, a close acquaintance of Danuta and Witold Lutosławski from the war years:

‘We went on two sailing trips, on which Witek was the main leader of the expedition. Their boat was called DAWI (DAnuta – WItek). I don’t remember if it was Mikołajki or Giżycko, but in any case on one occasion there were many people there from the yacht club in which Witek took his first steps as a mariner. When they saw us, they called through a megaphone: “Welcome to the Lutosławskis’ boat, DAWI”. That was the greeting which met us as we sailed into port. They were friends with an outstanding sportsman and sailor, the engineer Tadeusz Szuch. It was very nice of him to join the first expedition in order to look after Witek, who was a novice. Thanks to that, somehow we crossed all those Masurian lakes, which were completely new to us.

He was a perfectionist. Everything was done according to the maritime rules. He always took care to avoid the places where stones lay beneath the surface of the water. You had to avoid them, so as not to damage the boat. Fortunately, they were marked on a map. It was all quite charming. In the evening, when we went to bed – they in the boat and my wife and I in a tent on dry land – we could make out their whispered conversations, from which it emerged that they were conferring over how to deal with some technical detail the following day. If in the night a radio was playing in a nearby boat or tent, which for Witek was unbearable, then Danusia would boldly make her way to that tent and ask: “My husband is a composer. Do you think you could turn the radio down a bit, because it no so much annoys my husband as prevents him from composing and is injurious to his health”.’

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Aix-en-Provence Appearances
Aldeburgh Appearances
Amsterdam Appearances
Århus Education
Aspen Appearances
Austin Other
Baranów Sandomierski Other
Basel Other
Basztowa Street Performance spaces
Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts Other
BBC Orchestra and other ensembles Appearances
Belfast Other
Berea Performance spaces
Berlin Appearances
Białystok Education
Boston Appearances
Brisbane Other
Budapest Other
Calgary Education, Other
Cambridge Other
Celle Publishers / Bookshops
Chicago Appearances
Cincinnati Other
Cleveland Appearances
Cologne Other
Copenhagen Appearances
Cracow Philharmonic Performance spaces
Dartington Education
Donaueschingen Other
Dresden Other
Drozdowo Flats
Düsseldorf Appearances
Edinburgh Other
Evian Appearances
Filmography Radio / TV
Florence Appearances
Geneva Appearances
Glasgow Other
Graz Other
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Hagen Other, Performance spaces
Hamburg Other
Hanover (New Hampshire) Other
Helsinki Education
Herkulessaal Appearances, Performance spaces
Houston Other
Huddersfield Appearances
Indianapolis Other
Jagiellonian University Education
Katowice Other
Kazimierz nad Wisłą Other
Komorów Flats
Lancaster Appearances
La Rochelle Appearances
Leeds Appearances
Leipzig Education, Performance spaces, Publishers / Bookshops
Lisbon Appearances
Liverpool Appearances
London Sinfonietta Performance spaces
Los Angeles Appearances
Louisville (Kentucky) Other
Lublin Appearances
Lucerne Other
Łagów Other
Łomża Education
Madrid Appearances
Manchester Appearances
Mikołajki Other
Milan Appearances
Montreal Appearances
Moscow Appearances
Munich Philharmonic Appearances, Performance spaces
New York Appearances
Odense Education, Performance spaces
Olsztyn Education
Opio (near Grasse) Flats
Oslo Other
Paris Appearances
Pittsburgh Appearances
Poznań Other
Prague Appearances
PWM EDITION Publishers / Bookshops
Riga Performance spaces
Rome Other
Rotterdam Appearances
Royal Albert Hall Appearances, Performance spaces
Royal Philharmonic Society Appearances
Saint Paul (Minnesota) Other
Salzburg Other
San Francisco Appearances
Strasbourg Appearances
Stawisko
Stockholm Appearances
Sydney Appearances
Szczecin Other
Tanglewood Education, Other
Tokyo Appearances
Toronto Education
Toruń Education
Venice Performance spaces
Vienna Performance spaces
Villars-sur-Ollon Other
Warsaw Appearances, Flats, Other, Performance spaces
Washington Appearances
Wawel Appearances
Wehr near Rheinfelden Other
Wrocław Other, Performance spaces
Wzdów Other
Zagreb Performance spaces
Zegrze Other
Zurich Performance spaces