Choir concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival8. 12. 2015
Choir concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival, taking place on the day of the 125th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
under the patronage of Minister of Culture Daniel Herman
This concert of music by BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ (1890–1959) is prologued by the animated Legend of Saint Dorothy, from the ballet The Chap-Book. A composition featuring jazz-inflected rhythms sets a down-to-earth folk version of the legend about the saint of the title. It will be performed here with a newly arranged instrumental accompaniment. The cantata Mount of Three Lights was written towards the end of the composer’s life. Its projection of the story of Jesus Christ is filled with the kind of profound and pregnant music that characterizes his late output.
Likewise dating from Martinů’s late period are the two “Highland cantatas”, to the texts of Miloslav Bureš. The Romance from the Dandelions, one of the most demanding compositions of the Czech choral repertoire, tells a melancholy love story set in summertime nature. The cantata Mikeš from the Mountains is a larger-scale work. Beyond its inventive musical treatment of a naive story of a young cowherd chasing off the final chills of winter frost, it also conveys an urgent anti-war message climaxing in the cantata’s breathtaking finale.
The concert benefits by financial support from the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.