• Witold Lutosławski
  • Little Suite [Mala suita] (1951)

  • 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).

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  • 11 min
    • 20th February 2021, Konzerthalle, Bamberg, Germany
    • 21st February 2021, Konzerthalle, Bamberg, Germany
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Programme Note

The original version of this work, scored for chamber orchestra, was written in 1950 in response to a commission from Warsaw Radio. In the following year the composer revised and slightly extended the work, and rescored it for symphony orchestra. The first performance was given by the Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grzegorc Fitelberg, in Warsaw on 20 April 1951.

The work uses folk melodies form the village of Machów in the region of Rzeszów, east of Cracow. These meoldies are presented as themes, but in the manner of the Concerto for Orchestra (1950-54) they are also subtly transformed to produce motives for textural elaboration.

1. Fujarka (Fife) Allegretto
2. Hurra Polka Vivace
3. Piosenka (Song) Andante molto sostenuto
4. Taniec (Dance) Allegro mo>

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Little Suite: I. Fujarka (Allegretto)
Little Suite: II. Hurra polka (Vivace)
Little Suite: III. Piosenka (Andante, molto sostenuto)
Little Suite: IV. Taniec (Allegro molto)

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