24.9.2009  rubrika: Title - Classical

Choreae vernales for Flute and Piano - Jan Novák

Jan Novák - Choreae vernales - Foto: Nakladatelství ČRo

Jan Novák - Choreae vernalesFoto: Nakladatelství ČRo

Choreae vernales (Spring Dances) were written in 1977, originally as a composition for flute and guitar. Only later on did Jan Novák transcribe the work for flute and piano, and also for flute, string orchestra, celesta and harp.

The piece consists of three loosely connected movements, each with its individual character and inherent contrasts. The inspiration for the main theme of the first movement comes from Horatio's verse "Diffugere nives, redeunt iam gramina campis / arboribusque comae" (The melted snow the verdure now restores, And leaves adorn the trees). 

The exact rhythm of this Latin hexameter is in fact transferred to the first three-part phrase at the beginning of the Allegretto. Also the two remaining movements retain the spirit of spring and dance, with slow bucolic songs alternating with raucous Bacchic revelries... But let each performing artist find their own combination of pace and movement! 

The composition Chorea vernales was recorded on CD by LH Promotion with the following performing artists: Clara Novakova - flute, Jean-Bernard Marie - piano. 

Other compositions by Jan Novák published in Czech Radio:
Aeolia
Capriccio - score
Capriccio - piano score
Elegantiae tripudiorum
IV Hymni Christiani
Choreae vernales for Flute and Guitar
Choreae vernales for Flute, String Orchestra and Harp with Celesta or Piano
Odarum concentus choro fidium
Panisci fistula
Prima sonata
Rotundelli
Sonata brevis
Sonata da chiesa II for Flute and Organ
Sonata tribus
Sonatina for Flute and Piano
Tibia fugitiva
Toccata chromatica
Variations on the theme by Bohuslav Martinů 

 

instrumentationfl, pfte
descriptionscore, part
publ.NoR 184
price190,- CZK

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