Prelude for Guildhall School of Music and Drama

orchestration: orchestra
  2222, 2221, timp, batt, archi
year composed: 1989
about premiere
location: Londyn
date: 11 V 1989
orchestra: Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
conductor: Witold Lutosławski
edition: PWM, Chester Music

Composed in 1989, this work received its world premiere on May 11 of the same year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in a performance by the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra, directed by the composer. The Prelude's instrumentation is for double winds, timpani, percussion, and strings, and its duration is about 4 minutes. The Prelude was conceived as a gift for the School, of which Witold Lutosławski was an honorary member beginning in 1978.