Author: Ирина Владимировна Копосова

FUGUE FOR 13 SOLO STRINGS BY WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI: BETWEEN THE AUTHOR’S COMMENTARY AND MUSICOLOGICAL REFLECTION

Abstract: The Fugue for 13 Solo Strings by Witold Lutoslawski is one of the remarkable examples of a sonorous interpretation of the Baroque form. The first researcher to study the Fugue was Yuzef Kon, who chose Lutoslawski’s own statements about his opus as a starting point for research. Further studies are based, largely, on the conclusions made by Kon. Among them a special mention should be made to significant contributions by Valeria Tsenova and Natalia Simakova. Thus, the existing Russian research framework concerning the Lutoslawski Fugue is largely determined by the composer’s commentary and does not embrace elements of the form. The analytical part of the article explores issues that have not been the focus of research to date. It shows how sonorism transforms the theme texture, the logic of relations between the subject and the answer, the juxtaposition of the subject and countersubject. The article also discusses the choice of the means for the development and conclusion of the sections of the form and describes changes to the poetics of the Fugue. The article is a follow-up and a contribution to the development of Yuzef Kon’s ideas about the reinterpretation of the form of Lutoslawski’s Fugue. Download the article