Bryce Dessner's Réponse Lutoslawski was co-commissioned by the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland and the Mexico National Orchestra and first performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Poland on November 29 2014.
Réponse Lutoslawski was written as an homage to Witold Lutoslawski’s amazing composition for string orchestra, Musique funèbre. I spent months studying the score and recordings of the work as well as many of his other pieces. This was an amazing process of discovering one of the 20th-centuries great musical minds and allowing his adventurous spirit to influence my own musical decisions. My Réponse Lutoslawski is written in five movements, each of which is inspired either directly or indirectly by the Lutoslawski score. I like to think that his music opened a window in a certain direction for me, or pushed open a door, through which I could then pass and take my journey with the music.
Duration: Approximately 20 minutes