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WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI

(b. 25 January 1913, Warsaw - d. 7 February 1994, Warsaw)


Photo by Betty Freeman, Los Angeles, 1993.

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Manuscripts at the Polish Music Center



Manuscripts at the Polish Music Center


Lutoslawski's Manuscripts, photo by Maja Trochimczyk, 2000.

In January 1985, on the occasion of the dedication of the Polish Music Reference Center (now: Polish Music Center), within the Music Library of the University of Southern California, Witold Lutosławski donated five complete manuscripts of the final versions of his compositions. The ceremony was held at the Music Library in Doheny Library at USC, in the presence of the composer, officials from USC (including the Dean of the School of Music, William Thomson, and the Dean of the Libraries, Dr. Robertston), founders of the Center, Dr. And Mrs. Wilk, invited guests and the press.

The Lutoslawski holdings of the PMC were increased in May 2001, thanks to a donation of the composer's copy with manuscript title pages and notes of Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux, given by Józef Patkowski. The Lutosławski manuscripts are on deposit in the Special Collections Department of the Doheny Library at USC and may be viewed in the reading room of the Library. All study and research requests should be directed to the Special Collections Department at USC.




    List and Description of the Manuscripts

    1. Mini-uwertura [Mini Overture]. 1982. Manuscript score: 3 bi-folios, 11 pages, including cover page in ink and the music pages in pencil. On 20-stave B&H musci paper with logo.

    2. Preludia i fuga na 13 instrumentów smyczkowych [Preludes and Fugue for 13 strings]. 1970-1972. Completion date 29 June 1972. Manuscript score of over 150 pages, with a cardboard cover and title handwritten by the composer, the score in pencil with annotations in red and blue. 20-stave Dom Książki paper. Seven preludes and fugue: Prelude 1 (10 pages dedicated to Mario D. Bonaventura), Prelude 2 (8 pages), Prelude 3 (12 pages), Prelude 4 (12 pages), Prelude 5 (7 pages), Prelude 6 (14 pages), Prelude 7 (14 Pages), Fugue (74 pages).


      Preludes and Fugue, photo by Maja Trochimczyk, 2000.

    3. Mi-Parti for orchestra. Completion date 15 June 1976. Manuscript score of 43 pages, individual sheets, written on one side in pencil, with marginal marks (X) to show annotations and changes and inserts attached with paper clips to cover crossed off sections. On Panopus Score system made in England C30, L45 paper.
    4. Novelette for orchestra. 1979. Manuscript score of 46 pages, individual sheets, written on one side in pencil, with pencil annotations and taped inserts correcting sections with corrections in red. On Panopus Score system made in England C30, L36, L40, L 45 paper.


    5. Novelette manuscript, photo by Maja Trochimczyk, 2000.

    6. Paroles tissées for tenor and orchestra. 1965. Completion date 10 May 1965. 12 bi-folios, 48 pages, in pencil with blue and red pencil annotations, title page in black marker. Pages 24-25 contain inserts attached with a paperclip over a crossed-out section of the score. 32-stave PWM music paper. Paper in poor condition.


      Corrections to Paroles tissees, photo by Maja Trochimczyk, 2000.

    7. Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux: partition d'orchestre. [Three Poems by Henry Michaux: orchestral score]. Orchestral score of work for double chorus and orchestra. 45 pages, blue print copy from the composer's mansucript, with a handmade cover, title page signed by the composer who wrote the title in large letters. Oversized.

    8. Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux: partition de choeur. [Three Poems by Henry Michaux: chorus score]. Choral score of work for double chorus and orchestra. 45 pages, blue print copy from the composer's mansucript, with a handmade cover, title page signed by the composer who wrote the title in large letters. Oversized.



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