Alphabet - Witold Lutosławski

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Absolute music

On many occasions Lutosławski argued for autonomous music – music that speaks only about itself. Works such as the Cello Concerto, or Symphony No. 3, however, encourage their interpreters to look for biographical and political references. We should not mistake programmatic assumptions with the composer’s experiences that influenced his work at a given moment – Lutosławski often stressed that even if he did attach some extra-musical content to the music he created, this content was of ephemeral nature and marginal significance.