Six Children’s Songs
When composing the 6 Songs, for the first time in his career Lutosławski used poems for children. He did it again later, on several occasions, though these works were not always addressed to audiences of children. Some were written with child performers and listeners in mind, others were meant for professional performers and young listeners, while there were also those that Lutosławski wrote for adult musicians and audiences. 6 Children’s Songs belong to the first group, and the fact that they are to be performed by and for children is emphasized in the title by the word “children’s”.
Playful, fast songs alternate with slow, lyrical ones. Despite their utilitarian nature, all remains works of high quality. Three of them, The year and trouble, Kitten and Little river, are musical pieces of exceptional depth of expression.
This recording contains five of the six songs issued by PWM in 1948. The first two were in the same year published separately.
The composer arranged the 6 Songs for unison children’s voices and orchestra in 1952.