Montreal : Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada ; Cracow : Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014. ISBN 9788376761992 / ISBN 8376761994 / ISBN 9780986885143 / ISBN 0986885142. Polish and Canadian copies required distinct ISBN numbers.
Lutoslawski: Music and Legacy contains proceedings of the International Lutoslawski Conference, held at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, November 21, 2013, as well as interviews with the composer and documents from his 1993 visit to the Polish Institute and McGill University.
This book is found in only six library collections worldwide and deserves a wider recognition of its rare studies and materials about Lutoslawski's life and work that it contains.
- Foreward / Sean Ferguson, Dean of Solich School of Music at McGill University
- Introduction / Stanisław Latek and Maja Trochimczyk
Part I. A life remembered
- Lutosławski as I knew him / Robert Aitken ;
- Lutosławski as model and mentor / James Harley ;
- An interview with Witold Lutosławski (1988) by Grzegorz Michalski, translated by James and Maria Anna Harley
Part II. Style, technique, and legacy
- The Lutosławski legacy / Charles Bodman Rae ;
- Witold Lutosławski and the ethics of abstraction / Lisa Jakelski ;
- Witold Lutosławski and musique concrète: the technique of composing with sound planes and its sources / Maja Trochimczyk ;
- Witold Lutosławski - an algorithmic music composer? / Stanisław Krupowicz and Karol Lipiński
Part III. Individual works in context
- Strategies of instrumentation and orchestration in Lutosławski's cello concerto / Chris Paul Harman
- Neoclassicism in Lutosławski's double concerto / Taylor Brook
- Centrifugal and centripetal forces in Witold Lutosławski's Chain 3 / Duncan Schouten
Part IV. Lutosławski in Montreal, 1993
- Hommage à Lutosławski / James Harley
- Witold Lutosławski -- Calendar of Life / Maja Trochimczyk
- Witold Lutosławski -- List of Works / Maja Trochimczyk
After staying away from engagement in official politics and devoting his life to composing and conducting his music for over 35 years, Lutosławski joined the reformers of the Solidarity movement in 1981, making a memorable speech about truth in the arts at the Independent Culture Congress in Warsaw that was cut short by the declaration of the martial law on December 13, 1981. He lived in interesting times. His music remains a testimonial to his individuality, original artistic vision, and talent. Performers, composers, and scholars continue to be drawn to it. Many books and studies have been published, but many gaps remain in the understanding of his compositional technique, his unique aesthetics, and the details of his biography. Our book seeks to fill some of these gaps with new information and new scholarly interpretations.
Why did he come? He had a soft spot for Polish libraries and cultural centers around the world; after having lost many manuscripts in the war, he believed in the importance of promoting and documenting Polish culture. He also needed to go to Japan in November, for the award ceremony of the Kyoto Prize granted to him by the Inamori Foundation, so instead of flying east through Asia, he went around the world, heading west… One of us (Maja) was a co-organizer of the visit, as McGill’s doctoral student in musicology, the youngest member of PIASC, and a liason to the composer, through his biographer, Martina Homma, Lutosławski’s personal friend and the only scholar who had access to his sketches and manuscripts during his life.