• Witold Lutosławski
  • Dance Preludes [Preludia taneczne] (1954)

  • Chester Music Ltd (Worldwide except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of former Czechoslovakia, Croatia, former territories of Yugoslavia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and countries of former USSR)

Chester Music is the publisher of this work in all territories except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of the former Czechoslovakia, countries of the former Yugoslavia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM).

  • clarinetpf
  • 7 min
    • 24th October 2020, Hamburg, Germany
    • 5th November 2020, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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Programme Note

DANCE PRELUDES

DANCE PRELUDES were written in 1954 for Clarinet and Piano.

Although the work is based on folksongs from Northern Poland, the folk element minglesindecipherably with the composer’s customary skill, resulting in five little movements of considerable charm, lasting for about seven minutes. The individual movements are:

I. Allegro molto
II. Andantino
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante
V. Allegro molto

In 1955, the composer reworked the DANCE PRELUDES for Clarinet and orchestra and four years later produced a third version scored for Wind Quintet and Solo Strings.

© Sheila MacCrindle January 1984

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