Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Panufnik And Lutoslawski

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991) and Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) in Warsaw in 1990. The occasion was Panufnik’s first visit to Poland since his 1954 defection to the West.

Panufnik and Lutoslawski had performed in Warsaw as a popular piano duo during the German Occupation; they had been restricted to working in cafes, since concert halls were closed for the duration of the German Occupation.

We heard compositions by both composers while we were in Paris.

I have always admired the Polish Modernists.

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