A July Garland for baritone, male choir and orchestra

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Opis materiału
  • Composer:Witold Lutosławski
  • Original title: Lipcowy wieniec na baryton solo, chór męski i orkiestrę
  • content: 1. Struggle
    2. Reconstruction
    3. Song of the Defenders of Peace
  • year of completion: 1949
  • instrumentation: baritone, male choir, orchestra
  • commission: Dom Wojska Polskiego
  • text author: Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński
  • kind of text: literary
  • Text language: Polish
Commissioned by the Home of the Polish Armed Forces, Lutosławski composed the piece to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the July Manifesto, establishing the wartime communist government of Poland. The work comprises three mass songs, conforming to the convention of the genre. Lutosławski’s music and Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński’s text have been preserved in very short fragments only.

It is worth noting at this point that Lutosławski’s collaboration with Gałczyński was not limited to The July Garland. The artists were planning in spring 1949 to write a children’s opera, Volcano at Łowicz, “in honour of the god Mercury that connects Łowicz to Olympus”, as the poet wrote in a surviving libretto sketch. A combination of Gałczyński’s typical grotesque with Lutosławski’s musical style could have produced an outstanding work, but for unclear reasons they quickly abandoned the work. There are no surviving musical sketches in the composer’s legacy associated with the opera; the work probably was not very advanced when it was abandoned and Lutosławski may not have made any notes.