In order to make a living, Witold Lutoslawski (who, at 28, had already established got lost during the Warsaw uprising, but the Paganini variations survived and. Sheet Music – £ – The full score for Witold Lutoslawski’s ‘Paganini Variations ‘, For Solo Piano And Orchestra. Rescored from Variations For Two Pianos. An Analysis of Witold Lutoslawski’s “Variations on a Theme by Paganini” for Two Pianos and an. Original Composition “Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra”.

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The dissertation is divided into two parts.

This consists of a detailed analysis preceded by a brief introductory discussion of Witold Lutoslawski’s variwtions and musical background. The composer has followed Paganini’s model faithfully as far as the basic thematic material is concerned.


“An Analysis of Witold Lutoslawski’s “Variations on a Theme by Paganini” by Ling Chao Chen

However, his addition of supporting harmonies, imitative and free countermelodies, and rhythmical accompaniments make this setting an original composition.

This analysis focuses on harmony, dynamics, counterpoint, rhythm, form and general texture of the piece. The main issues to be discussed are Lutoslawski’s manipulation of the original subject matter, his development and usage of the above mentioned techniques. In harmony, the usage of polytonality, quartal and whole-tone harmony, tritone and third relationships are discussed.

Graphic analyses illustrate the way dynamics shape the entire piece. Although Paganini’s theme was written for solo violin, Lutoslawski makes his version extremely contrapuntal by incorporating canon both strict and inversion between and within piano parts.

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Rhythmically, Lutoslawski follows the original version, but introduces some syncopations and off beat accents. Tempo, dynamic markings, texture and density make the piece seem to fall into three parts.


The second part of this dissertation is an original composition,”Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra. The tempos of the movements are fast-slow-fast.

Paganini Variations (Full Score)

The entire piece includes quotations of Taiwanese folk tunes. The first movement’s tempo scheme is a palindrome: It has also elements of lutolawski Sonata form regarding thematic materials.

The second movement is through composed. It employs quotations in a free manner.

Movement three is a set of variations using a folk tune as the theme. In addition to the two solo pianos, the orchestral instrumentation includes the following: Abstract The dissertation is divided into two parts.

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