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The composer’s first Warsaw flat after moving to the city from Drozdowo was located in a now non-existent building on Marszałkowska Street, a central thoroughfare in the capital. After marrying Danuta, the couple moved across the Vistula River to the Saska Kępa district, settling on Zwycięzców Street. However, intrusive noise – a radio loudspeaker was installed barely 200 metres from their window – had a negative effect on the composer, who needed peace and concentration. A villa in the Żoliborz district, on Śmiała Street, bought by Lutosławski in 1968, turned out to be a good place for work, with Danuta designing his composing studio. He lived and worked there until his death.