Four Orchestral Signals

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Opis materiału
  • Composer:Witold Lutosławski
  • Original title: Cztery sygnały orkiestrowe
  • content: 1. Own motif
    2. Mazovian motif
    3. Rzeszów motif
    4. Łowicz motif
  • year of completion: 1954
  • instrumentation: orchestra
  • commission: Second Festival of Polish Music (Warsaw, 1955)

Warsaw hosted the Second Polish Music Festival in 1955 – a huge event with propaganda overtones that lasted a few months. The organisers asked Lutosławski to write special fanfares for orchestra that could open symphonic concerts during the festival. The composer responded to this commission by writing the Four Signals.

The style of these pieces makes them similar on one hand to signals he wrote for local Polish Radio stations a few years earlier, and to fanfares for brass and percussion that he wrote in the 1980s and 1990s.