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Lutosławski. Guide to Warsaw

Lutosławski. Guide to Warsaw Lutosławski. Guide to Warsaw

In connection with the celebrations of Lutosławski Year in 2013, a special multimedia application has been prepared, showing users around places in Warsaw associated with the composer. It offers an interesting way to learn about the composer’s life, the places he lived in or frequented, the people who influenced his private or professional life, his music and his strong ties to his native city. The Guide, featuring detailed texts written by Danuta Gwizdalanka, also contains a set of historical and present-day images of Warsaw and photographs of the composer, both official poses and family snaps.

The app is available free of charge on three platforms:  iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows Phone, in Polish and English. It offers four possible ways of visiting Warsaw. The first has a map of the city marked with places associated with the composer. When you select a particular site on the map, a menu opens, offering a description of the site, then by choosing ‘navigate’ the navigation mode is triggered. This is the second way of visiting Warsaw with Witold Lutosławski, enabling you to get to the selected site associated with the composer. Along the way, you can add new sites, which can be saved as your own route, to be read at any time. You can also manage routes (edit names, change the sites or their order, etc.). An extra option is to select the pre-defined routes prepared by the authors of the app.

Seven scenarios have been prepared: Warsovian, a trail around the places where the composer lived; Pupil and student, where we learn how and where Lutosławski received his education and training; Applied music, a route connected with the period in Lutosławski’s life when he worked as a pianist and accompanist and wrote music for radio and theatre; Social activity, a trail presenting the social organisations in which the composer was active, including the Polish Composers’ Union; Listener, performer and creator, a route passing by places particularly crucial to the composer, connected with his artistic work; Windows on the World, a trail focussing on the composer’s journeys abroad, covering the addresses of seventeen embassies representing those countries that stand out in the composer’s artistic biography; Important figures, showing sites connected with other artists who lived in the city – musicians, painters, poets and theatre people, many of whom played an important role in Lutosławski’s life.

The last way of visiting is to have the app working in the background. You choose a radius within which the app tells you about any nearby addresses connected with the composer. You can also indicate the types of places you want the app to take into account (the default mode selects them all). In this hibernation mode, you don’t have to keep looking at the screen. The app will inform you when you are approaching a site previously marked on the map and then present the information with a description of the site.

The Witold Lutosławski Guide to Warsaw is the first in a series of planned smartphone guides.

This guide was produced thanks to collaboration between the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the Institute of Music and Dance and the Witold Lutosławski Society.