Witold Lutoslawski, Symphony no. 3 : a critical analysis

Thia paper focuses on the compositional techniques and devices which Lutoslawski used in his Third symphony A general introduction to Lutoslawski's highly individual compositional style prefaces the analysis of the work. Separate chapters then detail the composition's pitch and rhythmic organization. The importance or the symphony's four note theme as the basis of it's tonal plan and as being the single most unifying principle in the symphony, is brought to the forefront. Many musical examples explicate Lutoslawski's signature compositional technique, "limited aleatorism." Additional musical examples display the breadth of Lutoslawski's harmonic chordal structures from his use of twelve note chords to distinct tonal harmonies. In reference to the composer's statement that the second movement or the symphony is a "quasi-sonata" form, the writer examines how closely the work correlates to the traditional form.