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Czech Chamber Music Society • Czech Saxophone Quartet


Martinů Hall in Liechtenstein Palace is coloured a shade of blue, but it will be full of the golden syncopations of the Czech Saxophone Quartet. The wind instruments invented by Adolph Sax will play music of the Renaissance (arrangements, of course) and contemporary works.

Subscription series DK | Duration of the programme 1 hour 10 minutes | Czech Chamber Music Society

Programme

Claudio Monteverdi / arr. Zdenko Kašpar
Io mi son giovinetta, SV 86 (3')

Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 (6')

Georg Friedrich Händel / arr. Pierre Hamon
Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 “Water Music”, selections (3')

Tomáš Hanzlík 
“In furto est opus dolo”, from the opera Endymio (5')
Gothic Suite, selections 
Intrada, Andante rubato (3')

Kateřina Horká 
Saxophone quintet (world premiere) (7')

— Intermission —

David Eben 
Short clothes (3')
Že by? (Might It Be?) (3')

Václav Pokorný 
Šumění deště (The Patter of Rainfall) (3')

Jaroslav Mangl / Jaroslav Kopáček / arr. Jiří Toufar
Dva roky jezdím bez nehod (I’ve been driving two years without an accident) (3')

Eduard Parma / arr. Jiří Toufar
Path to the Stars (4')

Sláva Eman Nováček / arr. Jiří Toufar
Mám život hrozně rád (I love life so much) (3')

Performers

Czech Saxophone Quartet
Roman Fojtíček saxophone 
Radim Kvasnica saxophone 
Otakar Martinovský saxophone 
Michal Kostiuk saxophone 

David Eben saxophone 

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Performers

Czech Saxophone Quartet  

David Eben  artistic director

DAVID EBEN

David Eben is a founder and an art director of the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble. After graduation from the clarinet studies at Prague’s conservatory in 1986, he took up musicology at Faculty of Arts of Charles University. Since the second form he specialized in medieval music, mainly in Gregorian chant. In 1991 he graduated from Paris conservatory (Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris), the program Conducting Gregorian Chant, and in the following year he worked as a conductor of the Choeur gregorien de Paris ensemble. Then he also often visited the Solesmes monastery, a centre of research into Gregorian chant, with the view of studying and consulting.

Since 1993 he works at the Institute of Musicology of Charles University where he lectures on topics related to Gregorian chant and liturgy (neumatic and choral notation, introduction to Gregorian chant studies, seminar on medieval monody etc.). In September 2008 he became profesor of Gregorian Chant at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). He regularly tutors in summer courses on theory and practice of Gregorian chant in France (Academie internationale de Sées, Centre de musique polyphonique de Picardie Saint-Valéry) and in Switzerland (Festival de Musique Sacré de Fribourg). On a long term basis he has been co-operating with the Czech Radio in creating programs on Gregorian chant (History of the Tone, a cycle Liturgical Year through Gregorian Chant).

Besides medieval sacred music he also deals with other music genres. Together with his two brothers he is active in the Eben Brothers Band.