Prelude for winds, percussion and double-basses
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Though the composer has never formally withdrawn the piece, he was not satisfied with it: In an interview with Mieczysław Tomaszewski, he even pointed to it as the work he wished he had not written. He said, “I wrote it just as it came. I just wanted to try out some ideas…” Yet a similar approach produced the excellent Pittsburgh Overture, so perhaps the Prelude was not so bad after all?
In the journal Ruch Muzyczny, Tadeusz A. Zieliński praised it for its vigour and “tart and spicy acoustic taste”. Wolfram Schwinger noted the “simple interplay of extremes”, the juxtaposition of a piccolo flute and a double bass, of “quiet and loud, static and lively, distinctly bright and distinctly dark music”. Ernst Vermeulen described it as a “coloristic piece” typical of this composer.
All these epithets sound promising and possibly, even against the composer’s
will, the work may be revived on the wave of some future “vogue” for sonoristic
works coming from the so-called “Polish school of composition”.