27. listopadu  2008  rubrika: Title - Classical

Quis potest dicere, op. 346 - Zdeněk Lukáš

Zdeněk Lukáš - Quis potest dicere, op. 346 - Foto: Nakladatelství ČRo

Zdeněk Lukáš - Quis potest dicere, op. 346Foto: Nakladatelství ČRo

The basis of this cycle of four songs for soprano, viola, string orchestra, triangle and drum called after the opening song Quis potest dicere are four statements from the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, whose author should be, as the tradition says (even thought it is inaccurate), king Solomon. The texts are organised in such a way that the first and third texts are conceived as trick questions, while the second and fourth texts have the character of exhortative statements. Zdeněk Lukáš (1928-2007) especially liked the opening text - Quis potest dicere - and he set it to music earlier and independently as a five-part choir a capella (op. 254). In this song cycle the obligatory viola seconds the solo soprano as a certain instrumental counterpart and partner in the dialogue.

Here, Lukáš consciously continued in the old composition practice known in baroque cantatas, concert (but also opera) arias of classicism and even in some romantic songs. Musical diction is simple, diatonic, based on a modal terrain with frequent flexes. The manuscript of his composition was finished in May 2005 and the premiere took place on the 28th of March 2007 in Prague as a part of the cycle Czech Premieres. The interpreters during this premiere were soprano Olga Jelínková, violist Jitka Hosporová and Kolegium českých filharmoniků under the direction of Jaroslav Kroft. 

Other compositions by Zdeněk Lukáš published in Czech Radio:
Concerto grosso
Contrasti per quattro
Death´s Triumph
Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Symphony Orchestra
Ricordi, Concerto per violoncello e per orchestra d´archi
Symphonic Concerto
The Prayer
Trio Boemo 


Parts only for hire at nakladatelstvi@rozhlas.cz 

instrumentationsoprano, vla - soli; trgl, tamb picc, archi
publ.NoR 146
price140,- CZK

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