In connection with the celebration of 2013 as the Year of Witold Lutosławski, an application was prepared that served as a multimedia guide to places in Warsaw connected with Lutosławski.
The app provides an interesting way to learn facts about the life of the composer, places where he spent time and people who influenced his private and professional life; to learn about his work, and to realise how strong the bonds were that connected him with his hometown.
The guide, with richly detailed texts by Danuta Gwizdalanka, also includes a set of historical and contemporary photos of Warsaw and photos of the composer, both from official sources and from family albums.
Warsaw was the city where Witold Lutosławski was born, lived and worked for the majority of his life. It’s also the location of his grave, at Powązki Cemetery. The teenage Witold grew up downtown, living with his mother and brothers in a building on ul. Marszałkowska that no longer exists.
But Lutosławski’s Warsaw isn’t just apartments or even the schools where he was educated; it’s hundreds of addresses related to the places of his work, concerts, people who were important for him and historical events. This city, the most important in the life of the composer, can be explored in his footsteps, through the places described in the mobile guide Witold Lutosławski: A guide to Warsaw.
The guide was created thanks to a collaboration of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the Institute of Music and Dance and the Witold Lutosławski Society.
Text: Danuta Gwizdalanka
Editor: Kamila Stępień-Kutera
Translation: Anthony Sloan
Proofreading: Maria Aleksandrow
Narrators: Rafał Dziwisz, Ramon Shindler
Coordination: Artur Szklener, Adelina Kumor
Producer: NETIGEN Katarzyna Rachwał
Project manager: Kamil Ściseł
The application is available free of charge on three platforms: iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows Phone, in Polish and English.