VIDEO FLASHBACK: Witold Lutosławski’s Funeral Music

Witold Lutosławski honored monumental 20th-century composer Bela Bartók with his piece Funeral Music, which TŌN performed in February with conductor Leon Botstein in a physically distanced concert livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard. TŌN violinist Adam Jeffreys writes that the work’s “prophetic tone has sparked debates about the true meaning of what the piece mourns. While it was commissioned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Bartók’s death, one historian, Nicholas Reyald, argued that Lutosławski intended to honor Bartók by creating a work which mourned the sorrows of the 20th-century Polish experience, and which drew from his own personal tragedies and experiences.” You can read Adam’s complete concert notes on the music by clicking here.