Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog


During the Warsaw Autumn festival in 1961, Witold Lutosławski had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of his contemporary Benjamin Britten (both were born in 1913). Britten and Peter Pears had been invited to Poland to give a vocal recital. Two years later, in June 1963, Britten included Lutosławski’s Dances Preludes on the programme of the Aldeburgh Festival, in a version for clarinet and chamber orchestra not previously performed in public, conducting them himself.

Paroles tissées,a work composed by Lutosławski specially for the Aldeburgh Festival, with a solo part for Peter Pears, was performed there two years later, on 20 June 1965. The soloist was accompanied by the Philomusica of London ensemble, and the composer conducted. Those songs differed from earlier works by Lutosławski, who admitted that he was inspired to write them by that amazing recital which he had heard four years previously in Warsaw.

Paroles tissées brought Witold Lutosławski back to the same spot seven years later, when, at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, a nineteenth-century malt house ceremoniously reopened as a concert hall in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II, he recorded them with Pears and the London Sinfonietta; that initiated Lutosławski’s highly fruitful and enduring artistic collaboration with the LS.

Lutosławski was invited to the Aldeburgh Festival twice more during Britten’s lifetime (in 1973 and 1975). He last visited Aldeburgh in 1983, when his seventieth birthday was celebrated with a performance of several works and a discussion and lectures devoted to his music. Absent from the audience was Britten, who died in 1976.

Place Category
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
Łagów Other
Lancaster Appearances
La Rochelle Appearances
Leeds Appearances
Leipzig Education, Performance spaces, Publishers / Bookshops
Lisbon Appearances
Liverpool Appearances
Łomża Education
London Sinfonietta Performance spaces
Los Angeles Appearances
Louisville (Kentucky) Other
Lublin Appearances
Lucerne Other
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
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