Chór Chłopięcy NFM / fot. Karol Sokołowski
Chór Chłopięcy NFM / fot. Karol Sokołowski
Choral concerts
Songs for Children. Witold Lutosławski World Days
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall

W. Lutosławski
Garlands, Goodbye to Holiday – two children’s songs for voice and piano
The Tale of Little Spark and other songs for children for voice and piano
Nightbird and other children's songs for voice and piano
ABC and other children's songs for voice and piano
Four Silesian Melodies for four violins (oprac. na kwartet smyczkowy / arr. for string quartet: M. Markowicz)
Children’s Songs for voice and instruments


Małgorzata Podzielny – conductor
Agnieszka Lewandowska-Gryś – piano
NFM Girls’ Choir
NFM Boys’ Choir

Lutosławski Quartet:
Roksana Kwaśnikowska – 1st violin
Marcin Markowicz – nd violin
Artur Rozmysłowicz – viola
Maciej Młodawski –  cello
Paweł Jabłczyński* –  double bass

LutosAir Quintet:
Jan Krzeszowiec – flute
Wojciech Merena – oboe
Maciej Dobosz – clarinet
Mariola Molczyk* – clarinet
Alicja Kieruzalska – bassoon
Mateusz Feliński – horn

NFM, Red Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
from 20 to 55 zł

The works of Witold Lutosławski include not only symphonies and concertos, but also works intended for the youngest. His songs for children were written mainly in the post-war decade. Some of them will be heard during a Witold Lutosławski World Days concert performed by young vocalists – the NFM Girls’ Choir and the NFM Boys’ Choir conducted by Małgorzata Podzielny, as well as the Lutosławski Quartet and LutosAir Quintet.

The composer divided his works for children into two separate categories – for children listening to music and for singing children – these he referred to as “children’s songs”. This group includes, among others Wianki (Wreaths) and Pożegnanie wakacji (Goodbye to Holidays), written respectively to the words of Stefania Szuchowa and Lucyna Krzemieniecka, and dated 1953. “[Lutosławski] produced a series of works that entered the bloodstream of musical life, set the line of the applicable level, set a high tone in the field treated purely functionally. There is simplicity in them achieved through concentration, not giving up on means, using their rich ensemble, but allusive, counting on the sensitivity and intelligence of the listener. Every sound that might not be there disappears, the texture becomes thin and fragile as a plant, but it is doubly important: even in the quietest piano every note must sound, every note is important,” highlighted the Polish musicologist and theorist Mieczysław Tomaszewski. It is hard to dispute his words, as this area of Lutosławski’s work is still an important contribution to musical literature intended for children. 

The Four Silesian Melodies is an expression of Lutosławski’s interest in Polish musical folklore. Although they were originally intended for four violins, this evening they will be performed in an arrangement for a string quartet. They will be preceded by the Dance Preludes from 1954. This cycle is a five-movement suite, also clearly inspired by Polish folk music. Lutosławski himself described the work as his “farewell to folklore”.



NFM Audio Player - obsługa komponentu Event

NFM Video Panel - obsługa komponentu Event

Sibyl's Prophecies
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Love Songs
Lutosławski Piano Duo / Chór NFM
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Lux perpetua
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Songs of Ariel
Martina Batič / NFM Choir
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Mater et chorus
Choral Academy choirs - Singing Poland
5:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Her Voice
Closing of the NFM Choir Season
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall

NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

Like most websites, we use cookies to facilitate online booking and to ensure we give you the best possible experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume you're happy to receive cookies. You can learn more about changing your settings in our Privacy Policy. Learn more

Accept & close
Newsletter Melomana
We announce new concerts, we remind you about the start of ticket sales, we let you know about the last vacancies