Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog
Witold Lutosławski first travelled to Baranów on 11 September 1939 as a radiotelegraph operator for Cracow troops retreating from the German forces. He returned there in September 1976, but this time in completely different circumstances and a completely different role, invited by the organisers of ‘Musical Gatherings’ held at the Renaissance castle.
On 8 September, during a concert in the castle courtyard, he conducted the Polish Chamber Orchestra in a performance of his Preludes and Fugue. The next day, he gave a lecture on his composition technique and also took part in a seminar devoted to his vocal-instrumental works. On 11 September, Bohdan Pociej’s new book Lutosławski a wartość muzyki [Lutosławski and the value of music] was presented to those assembled, but it is not known whether the composer associated the time and place with the dramatic events of thirty-seven years previously.
A year later, also in September, Lutosławski found himself back in Baranów again. As the then director of PWM Edition, Mieczysław Tomaszewski, initiator and organiser of the ‘Gatherings’, related: ‘The theme of the festival and symposium in Baranów was “music within music”. I asked Lutos if he could interpret some of his works from that perspective. He replied: “Of course: the Concerto for Orchestra, since the material of that large symphonic composition is provided from beginning to end by Polish folk music”.’
Castle in Baranów Sandomierski. (creative commons)
Partecipants of Spotkania muzyczne in Baranów (1976). First row from the left: Krystyna Tarnawska-Kaczorowska, Wanda i Mieczysław Tomaszewscy, Michał Bristiger, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Halina Kenarowa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Hoffman, Witold i Danuta Lutosławscy, Stefan Jarociński. Phot. Stanisław Szlęzak.