Andrzej Chłopecki, Epilogue. A Guide to Witold Lutosławski's Music
This final, unfinished book by the known critic and musicologist was written on commission by the Witold Lutosławski Society. Those who followed the former publications of Andrzej Chłopecki will not be surprised – the critic did not change his views, though his assessments have become deeper, more firm, indicating with certitude Witold Lutosławski’s foremost role in comprehending the greatest dilemmas of twentieth-century music. The author was conscious of the fact that such a book could only be achieved today, with the knowledge and experience of several decades of inquiry, and that its content does not constitute a search for the answer as to the significance of Lutosławski’s music, but an answer to that search. In Chłopecki’s output, this is a rare moment of certitude, accompanied by a polemical need and desire for conversation and debate with an intelligent and kind reader, al. dictated by the author’s very stance as a critic. The publication is financed with the programs of the Minister of National Cultural Heritage and the Capital City of Warsaw.
This book is a 300-page album prepared by Elżbieta Markowska, containing selected statements by the composer, reminiscences of his family and friends, as well as photographs evoking a true picture of the people and the times. This publication seeks to help complete Lutosławski’s portrait as an artist and individual. It contains as little (and as much) as the results of a session in the family and friends’ archives which were made accessible to the researcher, and in a basic collection of institutional archives (e.g. that of the Polish Radio). Moreover, it brings together remarks and materials dispersed in different publications, often issued for special occasions and rare in today’s times. The readers will of course find here the basic information about Witold Lutosławski, but they will also be invited to a biographical journey off-the-beaten-path, which will sometimes lead through never before visited nooks and crannies. This album has been published by the Witold Lutosławski Society in partnership with the Historical Museum of the Capital City of Warsaw.