- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521107407
- ISBN-13: 978-0521107402
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Lutoslawski and His Music 1st Edition
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The composer Witold Lutostawski (born 1913) is one of the outstanding musical personalities of the twentieth century. In this critical biography Steven Stucky traces Lutostawski's development from the Stravinsky-influenced music of his student days to his emergence in the 1960s as a leading avant-gardist.
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Nearly a hundred pages are dedicated specifically to these later works. In a chapter "Elements of the late works", Stucky tries to explain some general characteristics of these pieces, and then he explores a number of pieces individually. These are "Jeux venitiens", "Trois poems d'Henri Michaux", the String Quartet, "Paroles tissees", the Symphony No. 2, "Livre pour orchestre", the Cello Concerto, Preludes and Fugue, "Les espaces du sommeil", and "Mi-Parti". Stucky's work is a detail musicological investigation of Lutoslawski's oeuvre, with numerous illustrations taken from the scores, but it can be a useful resource for all fans of the composer's work, even if they have no formal musical training. One will understand the String Quartet much better after seeing a breakdown of its sections here.
The downside of the work is that it was written before the composer's Symphony No. 3 appeared in 1983. The piece not only came to be widely regarded as his masterpiece, but inaugrated a new style in a highly accessible neo-romantic vein that was to continue until his death in 1994. The material here is very helpful to any fan of the composer, but it is a pity that no second edition was ever issued.