3.12.2008  rubrika: Title - Classical

Death's Triumph - Zdeněk Lukáš

Zdeněk Lukáš - Death's Triumph - Foto: Nakladatelství ČRo

Zdeněk Lukáš - Death's TriumphFoto: Nakladatelství ČRo

Cantata to Francesco Petrarca´s text Death's Triumph was set to music by Zdeněk Lukáš (1928 - 2007) for the singer Magdalena Kožená in winter 2004. Lukáš comes back to Petrarca after the great success of his piece Time's Triumph, which was composed for the lyrics of Petrarca´s cycle. It is also a piece which received the first prize among Czech composers in a competition of the Prague Chamber Philharmonic on the first day of the third millennium.

The scholarly critique of the Triumphs cycles points out the excessive descriptiveness, outer classicizing decoration and lack of poeticism. Apparently, this is related to the crisis of the medieval culture then. However, this gives the composer, Lukáš, a large space for cuts in the text. The literary "deficiency" then ironically is good for the music piece itself as it creates areas for orchestral instrumentation and enables to develop the melodic curve of the musically lavish talent which together with the genial intuition chose the liveliest part of the Triumphs: Laura's death - Death appeared beautiful in her beautiful face. 

Other compositions by Zdeněk Lukáš published in Czech Radio:
Concerto grosso
Contrasti per quattro
Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Symphony Orchestra
Quis potest dicere, op. 346
Ricordi, Concerto per violoncello e per orchestra d´archi
Symphonic Concerto
The Prayer
Trio Boemo 


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instrumentationmezzosoprano solo, fl picc, 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2fg, 3cor, 2trb, perc, archi
publ.NoR 111
price310,- CZK

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