WARSAW, Poland -- Witold Lutoslawski, 81, a modern classical composer who led the emergence of contemporary Polish music after World War II, died Monday in Warsaw.
Composer Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the leaders of the Polish school who followed Mr. Lutoslawski, called his death an enormous loss for Polish music. "This death cannot be expressed, as the man who created the great part of Polish 20th-century music has gone," Mr. Penderecki told the PAP news agency.
Mr. Lutoslawski created a unique style in modern classical music, considered by many to be equal to that of Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok.
His Symphony No. 3 brought him the Grammy Award in the United States for best contemporary composition in 1986. It also won the first University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for music composition in 1985.