Interlude for orchestra
Lutosławski would have it in composing his Interlude,
his two independent works for violin, Chain II and the Partita in
its version with orchestra, can be presented jointly, in succession. Taking into account the dramaturgy of their sequence and the soloist’s comfort,
the composer decided to add a short orchestral link for the cycle, to be
performed between the ending of Chain II and the beginning of the Partita.
He composed the Interlude, considered one of the most mysterious among
The composition is devoid not only of dramaturgy, but also of any clear contrasts. From the beginning its dynamics are quiet and its tempo is slow. Its enigmatic “plot” comprises two threads. The first consists of chords played by the strings. Against this background, the winds, percussion and strings, in pairs or trios, perform short, broken ornaments that form part of the second thread. We hear, one by one, piccolo with xylophone, oboe with marimba, trumpet with harp, two clarinets with celesta, trombone with vibraphone, cor anglais with glockenspiel, trombone and bells, bassoon and piano. As the last chord is sounded, the Interlude ends. Or, to be more precise, it stops.
Its mysterious mood, discontinued “plot” and lack of a clear ending give the work a dream-like quality. Lutosławski’s oneiric vision in the Interlude is rightly regarded as one of his great achievements.