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Witold Lutosławski
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The lack of a consistent musical language was an enduringproblem for Western art music in the 20th century. Any com-poser whose works offered the possibility of an amalgamation of the different styles in vogue attracted attention as a possible master who might bring forth a new classicism. Witold Lutosławski was such a composer. He left a relatively short catalogue of orchestral works, but among them are many important compositions. In the modern age, his music represents one of the most important contributions to the European musical heritage.