Venetian Games mark the beginning of playing with aleatoricism in Lutosławski’s music. The score was written for wind instruments, a harp, a piano duet and. composition details, parts / movement information and albums that contain performances of Venetian Games, for chamber on AllMusic. Witold Lutosławski. Written as a result of Lutosławski’s search for a new, individual of my new work that has determined the use of the word ‘game’ in the title”.

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Sections B, D, F, and H function as contrasting interludes. Sometimes the players can lutoalawski notes from a limited selection, resulting in the desired harmony but difference in melodic details. Thus, the durations for each section are: AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Each section corresponds with a box written in the score showing what can be played within the section.

It was written for performance in Venice in April He later sent John Cage the manuscript llutoslawski Venetian Games to express his gratitude for the inspiration, even though it only concerned the idea, and not specific musical consequences of its use.

This page was last venettian on 2 Marchat The Best of Lutoslawski. In this piece Lutoslawski expands on an interest in aleatoric music.

The title is therefore not supposed to serve as a guide to understanding the internal workings of the music, nor is it meant to point to non-musical sources of inspiration. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. The composer came up with a new idea for shaping ensemble playing. Music he wrote at that lutosoawski is characterized by dense, aggressive sound and, as can be imagined, extensive application of the new approach.


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The first movement of the Games is made up of eight sections, written in frames marked with letters from A to H in the score. Inspired by John CageVenetian Games is notable for its use of limited aleatory techniques. Views Read Edit View history.

Drinking Hanging Out In Love. The form of this movement is a result of using refrains and episodes, where the refrains are played aleatorically ad libitum, while the episodes are traditionally conducted a battuta.

Thus, Section C utilizes woodwinds and 3 timpani; Section E utilizes woodwinds, 3 timpani, and 3 brass instruments; and Section G utilizes woodwinds, 3 timpani, 3 brass instruments, and piano.

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It is also undoubtedly his most innovative score. In the third movement, a twelve-note series built solely from intervals of a fourth and a fifth is introduced into the piano part thirteen times; it appears in its basic form eight times in the first section, and reappears in inverted form five times in the third section, while the middle section expressively enigmatic and made up of fragmented motifs is free from this dodecaphonic model.

Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from August Wikipedia articles needing clarification from August Introspection Late Night Partying. The sections contrast with each other like a series of refrains and episode.


The first movement is a confrontation of two types of sounds. The second movement, a short scherzo, is in traditional triple metre. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is the overlapping and piling on of these blocks that build it to a powerful climax. The aesthetic shape of the work caused a well-known German critic, Heinz-Klaus Metzger, to suggest that the pervading theme of the piece is a certain conceptual reflection of the mannerist style of architecture and the capricious spirit of Venice although the composer refutes this interpretation.

The second movement is a lively link leading to the third movement, filled with an ornamental melody of the flute.

Venetian Games, for chamber orchestra

With the invention of the aleatory technique, the composer entered a several-year period of Sturm und Drang, a rapprochement with the avant-garde. The first movement ad libitum; the other movements are only marked metronomically: Similar to the refrains, percussion instruments signal lutoslwaski beginning of these sections, which are composed of static soft string clusters. This creates a fabric of fine, ethereal strands of contrapuntal voices with an indefinable, yet rich, shimmering microrhythm.