Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Fanfare opens with a sonorous chord played by the brass and presented in a shimmering ad libitum texture. By analogy with the “icy” chord of Mi-parti’s wind section, this chord can be described as “bitter”, the fragment’s characteristic bitterness provided by a strongly emphasized tritone interval. The initial chord is subsequently “reduced” to a single, loudly chanted note. Approximately halfway through the work, the procedure is reversed, and the sonorous note is a starting point for the construction of increasingly expansive sonic structures. At the climax of this process, and of the Fanfare, the initial “bitter” chord returns. Its sonorous repetitions, interspersed with timpani chords, close the piece.
Lutosławski did not participate in the premiere of the Fanfare, which took place during his trip to Canada and Japan. It is difficult to determine whether the recording of 4 November 1993 reached the composer and whether he had an opportunity to listen to his latest work – around that time, Lutosławski was diagnosed with an incurable illness, which defeated him several months later, in February 1994. Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic is the last composition Lutosławski completed.