Włodzimierz Kotoński

Włodzimierz Kotoński (1925) – Polish composer and pedagogue, author of books on music.

Włodzimierz Kotoński was a student of Piotr Rytel and Tadeusz Szeligowski. He was a researcher into folk, electronic, and percussion music. He authored the first Polish electronic music composition, Concrete Study in One Cymbal Stroke (1959), collaborated with the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw, and participated in the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. His composition students included Hanna Kulenty, Paweł Szymański, Tadeusz Wielecki, and Paweł Mykietyn.

In conversation with Grzegorz Michalski, Włodzimierz Kotoński said that he met Lutosławski "at the meetings held in the Polish Composers’ Union when he himself was in his early twenties. It was in the year 1948-1949". The two composers collaborated on drawing up the Warsaw Autumn festival program. Kotoński described Lutosławski’s aesthetic predilections in the following manner: “He had his favourite composers and musical directions, but he was not against currents he did not understand. I’m thinking here of minimal music or Neo-romantic currents. He definitely did not like the music of such people as Krauze or Ligeti, meeting with the latter in private many times, but not liking the music. His approach to [the music of] Xenakis was also rather cautious, as if he was unsure of its real result. He accepted [the music of] Xenakis, but the later [works], not the mathematical ones. His favourite French composer was Dutilleux, and he loved Nordheim”.

On July 21, 2014, Włodzimierz Kotoński received the Year of Lutoławski Medal in his Warsaw home for his outstanding contribution to the dissemination of the music and knowledge about the composer.

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