Czech Music

A quarterly magazine published by the Czech Music Information Centre. Articles are tailored for both music professionals and casual enthusiasts. Stories include profiles, interviews, current events, and long-form essays.

Articles from No. 1, January

A Czech Composer Who Travelled throughout Europe Rehof Pesin / Gregorius Peschin Bohemus Organista (B. Cca 1500, Bohemia / D. after 1547, Heidelberg)
Have you ever come across the name Rehor Pesin? Or Gregor (sometimes Georg) Pecin, Pesch, Peschins, Peschin, Pesthin, Petschin, Pischin, Pitschner, Pitsch, Pitschin, Posthinus, Poschin? Highly unlikely, as it is a name forgotten and not even mentioned...
Adam Viktora: "I Don't Serve Up Well-Known Pieces"
Adam Viktora keeps coming up with surprises. Even though he and his Ensemble Inegal mainly focus on historically informed performance of early music, paying particular attention to the Czech Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, he also embraces contemporary...
Czech Music Everyday Events at Home and Abroad in the Winter of 2016/17
During the winter, the Prague Radio Symphony was the large Czech orchestra that performed contemporary music the most frequently. At the end of 2016, it gave the Czech premiere of Miroslav Srnka's Piano Concerto, followed in February by the world premiere...
Frantisek Chaloupka Selected Works 2006-2015
Ivana Jenesova - oboe, Dan Hucek - bassoon, Frantisek Lukas, Frantisek Chaloupka - electric guitar, Pavel Zlamal - clarinet, Radim Hanousek - soprano saxophone; Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, Prague Modern, VENI Academy, Ensemble Modern, BERG Orchestra,...
"I Would like to Write Two Letters Every Day": The First Complete Bedrich Smetana Correspondence Edition
During his lifetime, Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) did not gain the same degree of international renown as did his younger contemporary Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). In the 1870s, however, he became the main representative of Czech national music, and...
Martin Marek Loudium
Ensemble Mondschein, Ensemble Konvergence, Kamil Dolezal - clarinet, David Danel - violin, Edita Adlerova - voice. TT 51:47. 1 CD Rosa Music RD2471 The composer Martin Marek died in 2014 after having lain in a coma in hospital for a long time, preceded...
Martin Smolka Poema De Balcones
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Martin Homann - percussion, Marcus Creed - conductor. Text: German, English. Recorded: 2008/2009. Released: 2016. TT: 54:01. 1 CD Wergo WER 7332 2 Martin Smolka's compositional style is quite well discernible within...
Miloslav Kabelac Symphonist
On the occasion of last year's publication of the complete set of Miloslav Kabelac eight symphonies on CD, recorded for Supraphon by conductor Marko Ivanovic and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, we present a study of this crucial chapter in the...
Ondrej Adamek Korper Und Seele
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Choir, conductor: Alexander Liebreich; Ensemble intercontemporain, conductor: Marco Angiuscn; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conductor: Manuel Nawri; Orchester der Lucerne Festival Academy,...
The Versatility and Beauty of Sound Art MUSICA NOVA 2016 International Competition
Today, sound art is a stylistically diversified discipline that has brought into being new sonic worlds, provided unprecedented possibilities for both traditional, modified and brand-new instruments, advancements in spatial sound projection, as well...
The Zeliv Monastery Music Collection
Thematic music catalogues serve as a useful aid and source of information for researchers, writers, as well as performers, who can select and compile from them their concert repertoires. The tradition of drawing up lists of pieces of music dates back...
Three Years with the Maestro: An American Remembers Antonin Dvorak
It may seem that Antonin Dvorak's life had been thoroughly mapped. Yet the new Czech-English publication contains materials that provide a highly singular view of the celebrated composer. It concerns edited correspondence between Josef Kovarik, who...
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