Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog


‘Yesterday [29 July 1942], Umińska played here with her quartet – recalled the writer Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. – It was a beautiful summer’s day, but very hot. They came here just after dinner and soon set about playing. Besides that, [the Polish violinist Eugenia] Umińska, accompanied by Witek Lutosławski, played a couple of things by Karol [Szymanowski] for violin solo… They claim that the acoustic in our drawing-room is excellent, and apart from that they knew that they were playing for just a few people, but people with a great love of music. After tea and good wine, which I had happened to receive from somewhere, we saw them off to the station. The whole troupe looked quite comical, with us in toe, strung out along the path to the station. We all looked like some itinerant band of rustic musicians lost in the wood. The moon was rising. It was perhaps the happiest day of the occupation’.

Witold Lutosławski recalled another visit to Stawisko, in entirely different circumstances. In 1955, when he was a juror of the Chopin Competition, the organisers were also hosting the then queen of Belgium, Elisabeth, known for her great love of music (since 1937, a music competition under her patronage has been held in Belgium). Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz invited her to his home in Stawisko for a grand breakfast, and Lutosławski was also among the group.

– [Iwaszkiewicz] specially brought in a wonderful chef from Sopot (he was a former cook at the imperial court) – as Lutosławski recalled that special feast years later in conversation with Irina Nikolska. – […] He prepared that magnificent breakfast; there was some fish for the first [course] – but there was no fish service, only […] forks. Two forks. When that fish service was not so common, one ate with two forks. And she [the queen] didn’t know this. She didn’t know how to begin eating, because there was no fish service. She didn’t know – and everyone waited. And for a long time no one ate – because until the queen started, no one could start. Evidently, someone in the end must have picked up one fork in one hand and the other in the other – and she, very observant (as queens are, they see and know everything […]), then started, and somehow it went from there.

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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
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
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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
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Wehr near Rheinfelden Other
Wrocław Other, Performance spaces
Wzdów Other
Zagreb Performance spaces
Zegrze Other
Zurich Performance spaces