The Warsaw Autumn Festival

October 25, 2022, 8:00 pm

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Witold Lutosławski
Witold Lutosławski (Photo: Karol Langner, via Wikimedia Commons)

Though Poland didn’t escape communist rule until the 1980s, Stalin’s death in 1953 led to the relaxing of some laws regarding culture and politics. Created in 1956, the Warsaw Autumn Festival is the largest annual international Polish festival of contemporary music and has long been one of the most important events for the development of Poland’s composers. In this program for Polish Heritage Month, host Adela Skowronski takes a look at three of the most influential composers whose works premiered in the first years of the festival: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Górecki, and Krzysztof Penderecki.