Slides for 11 soloists
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The composer used a model tested in the finale of the Venetian Games (1961) and in the last of the Postludes (1960): The work consists of several episodes separated by a sharp signal. All episodes from Slides use the ad libitum technique – noted without bar lines and shaped in an aleatory manner, with the application of “controlled chance”. Percussion interventions are a signal for other soloists to stop playing and begin a new section; thus the percussionist functions as a conductor. After six such sections and seven interventions comes the climactic episode – the signal is repeated again and again, provoking short, sonorous replies from the entire ensemble. One intervention, however, is left without a reply. The percussionist repeats the signal increasingly quietly then finally, as if getting impatient, he performs it for the last time – very loudly (fortissimo) again, and accompanied by the final “cry” of the other instruments.
On Lutosławski’s 80th birthday, in 1993, he received a gift
from Carter – a virtuoso piece for solo clarinet, bearing the Polish title Gra, or Play.