Can the season of the year influence the style of a music composition? And in what ways?
Clarinet Quartet (1993), written in Lusławice, was, as Penderecki explained, “marked with the privacy, (…) with the peculiar idyllic character of the place. The music I create in the spring differs from that written in the autumn and winter.” Composed in the spring, the Quartet was inspired by Rostropovich’s and other artists’ interpretations of Schubert’s Quintet. In the 1990s Penderecki focused mainly on chamber music and the ideal of claritas. This is evident in the Quartet’s 1st movement, a thoughtful nocturne, in which we hear the clarinet first solo, then with a viola. The popularity of this work made the composer arrange it for string orchestra and convert it into the Sinfonietta No. 2.