Witold Lutoslawski, Poland's Most Renowned Composers
Of all this music, however, only the Piano Sonata remains, and its main value lies in the glimpse it provides us into a young composer's early influences. The French impressionistic influence is evident in this piece, and, although the musical language is not new and certainly not a foreshadowing of the mature musical language he would later use, the control of form and color which is a major element in the composer's mature works is already evident. To receive his diploma in composition from the Warsaw Conservatory, Lutoslawski wrote two requiem movements. One, the Requiem Aeternum, was his first composition with chorus. Unfortunately, like so much of his early work, it has been lost. The second, a Lacrymosa for soprano and orchestra, survives in manuscript and has even been published in an arrangement for voice and organ.

Shortly after receiving his diploma, Lutoslawski began work on what was to be his first major composition, the Symphonic Variations. Completed in 1938, the Variations were quite a contrast in style and language from his earlier student compositions. In the Variations, Lutoslawski gave free reign to his developing sense of harmony, color and texture. Although his teacher, Maliszewski, told the young composer that he did not like the piece, he neve

 
 
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