Motet (Excerpta Tractati Logico-Philosophici)

Lutyens, Elisabeth   Wittgenstein, Ludwig        


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Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) was a significant English composer. She is credited with bringing Schoenbergian serial technique (albeit her own very personal interpretation of it) to the UK. She disapproved of the ”overblown sound” of Mahler and similar composers, and instead chose to work with sparse textures and develop her own type of serialism; she first used a 12-note series in Chamber Concerto I for 9 instruments (1939), a work that has been compared with Webern’s op.24 Concerto, but earlier than this she had been using the techniques of inversion and retrograde fundamental to a serial idiom, and she claimed she had been inspired to this by precedents she found in older British music, especially Purcell.
She did not always employ or limit herself to 12-note series; some works use a self-created 14-note progression, for instance. She was very fond of the music of Debussy, whose musical influence can be distinctly perceived in her work, and she became close friends with Luigi Dallapiccola. But her negative opinions of strict serialism caused an ideological rift between herself and her serialist colleagues. Descriptions of her music cite ”extraordinary achievements, demonstrating a completely personal serial style and very original structures”, arguing that even though without a tonal centre, the notes in her music seem to have a natural and ”precisely ordered place”. (Wikipedia)

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