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In this piece I tried to work on scales (moduses?) containing eight notes. And thus the first theme has been composed using two-equal-tetrachords-scales, the second- a chromatic scale of eight notes. Later on I abandoned that procedure and searched solutions elsewhere.
The “ouverture” has been composed in a sonata-form with two contrasting themes, the exposition, the development and the recapitulation.
The first performance was given in November 1949 by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under Fitelberg in Czechoslovakia.
Witold Lutoslawski 16 February 1983.