• Witold Lutosławski
  • Les Espaces du sommeil (1975)

  • 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, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM).

  • 3(2pic)33(bcl)34331timp.3perchp.pf.celstr
  • baritone
  • 15 min
    • 23rd September 2020, Royal Festival Hall / London / UK
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Programme Note

In December 1974 in Warsaw, after a recital which he had given with Sviatoslav Richter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau asked me if I had ever composed anything for baritone. I have always been an admirer of his and the prospect of hearing my music performed by that outstanding artist was a tremendous stimulus to me. I put aside all other work and devoted nearly the whole of 1975 to composing Les Espaces du sommeil, the text being the poem by Robert Desnos.

The first performance took place in Berlin on 12 April 1978 when I conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the soloist was Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, to whom the work is dedicated.

© Witold Lutoslawski

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