In Witold Lutosłąwski accepted a commission by the musical director of the This is how the story of the Little Suite for chamber orchestra begins, a piece. The Polish Radio commissioned Lutosławski to write a piece in that would be rather popular in its nature and based on Polish folklore. The composer. Witlod Lutoslawski (Born in Warsaw, Poland, ; died in Warsaw, ). Mala Suita (Little Suite). Fujarka (Fife) – Allegretto; Hurra Polka.

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The young composer Witold Lutoslawski had just recently been severely chastized by the Communist-led Polish government and Communist Party in the presence of the USSR’s musical commissar Tikon Khrennikov for the modernist tendencies of his First Symphony. His career went into an immediate nose-dive, making this commission for an orchestral piece for the orchestra of Radio Warsaw very tempting.


This orchestra was known for its light and popular music.

Witold Lutosławski

He was obviously being given a chance to show he could conform to the party’s requirements for accessible lutoslawskj. He later said he could accept this compromise because it gave him a chance to sharpen his compositional skills without worrying about developing modernistic ideas.

It was written for the chamber-sized orchestra that premiered it on the radio, but not published until the next year, in a full-orchestral version. The music is based on Polish folk music from the lutoslawskl of the village of Mochowo in southeastern Poland.

The first movement features piccolo and snare drum, music of a light marching character. There follow, in order, a scherzo-like dance, a song, and finale that surrounds a song lutoslwaski two different dances.

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