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Photos: Book signing of Hrůša on Martinů

Book signing of Hrůša on Martinů publication took place on Monday, 20th September 2021, 10-11 a.m. in Café Rudolfinum, Prague. Thanks to everyone for a lovely morning!
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Czech children play Martinů for the Czech Centrer New York

Children from the Arts Elementary School Kladno recorded compositions on the occasion of Year of Martinů under the guidance of Ing. Michaela Bernášková, the principal of the school. Hynek Kubát Arts Elementary School (ZUŠ) in Kladno has been offering the home of arts for children in Kladno for more than 70 years. In 2022, school will commemorate it's 75th anniversary. In recent years, the shool has been involved in multimedia production education in cooperation with the Fabrika studio. The videos prepared for the 180th anniversary of A. Dvořák's birthday and for the 130th anniversary of B. Martinů's birthday are also a result of this cooperation.
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The Tears of the Knife in art film Struggle with the devil

Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin recorded the Martinů opera The Tears of the Knife, H 169 as a part of art film Struggle with the Devil (Im Kampf mit dem Teufel). Director Frederic Wake-Walker and visual artist Ergo Phizmiz bring to expressionistic life the one-act operas Sancta Susanna by Paul Hindemith and Slzy Nože (The Tears of the Knife) by Bohuslav Martinů, as well as the contemporary orchestral work Sinuous Voices by Ondřej Adámek.
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National Theatre in Prague | The Chap-Book concert

Tuesday 28. 9. 2021, 7 p.m. National Theatre, Prague Concert rendition of the Chap-Book, ballet with singing in 3 acts, H 214.
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Workshop Digital Editions in Music Organized by BMI

The third session of the 2021 Digital Humanities in Early Music Research workshop series is here, this time organized by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute together with the Old Myths, New Facts project. We would like to wholeheartedly invite you to participate. Given the ongoing pandemic situation, the session will again be held virtually. The workshop will take place via Zoom on September 23rd from 2:15 PM CEST, and September 24th from 10:15 AM CEST.
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Jakub Hrůša signed his book of essays on Martinů at the Rudolfinum

Jakub Hrůša is not only the chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and an artist who is in demand internationally all year round, but also the President of the International Martinů Circle. He has written a book of essays, Hrůša on Martinů, for admirers of the Polička-born composer. He presented the bilingual publication at a book-signing event in Prague’s Rudolfinum on 20 September 2021.
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Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded late Martinů pieces

The pieces Bohuslav Martinů composed between 1953 to 1958, towards the end of his life – Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca, The Parables and Les Estampes – are profound, extraordinary, truly mature gems. Their brilliance, however, is yet to be fully appreciated. The new recording made by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under the renowned conductor Tomáš Netopil affords hope that this will be set right.
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Czech Philharmonic Piano Trio won Vienna Competition with recording of Bergerettes

Czech Philharmonic Piano Trio won its category of Vienna International Music Competition with the recording of Bergerettes, H 275 by Bohuslav Martinů. Jiří Vodička, Martin Kasík and Vladimír Petr shot the recoding in period style of the thirties.
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The second issue of this year's Martinů Revue was published!

The new issue of the Martinů Revue is hot off the press! Within its pages, another early Martinů ballet receives attention - this time Istar, H 130, completed 100 years ago this year. We celebrate some notable birthdays (Gregory Terian, Michael Crump, Michael Beckerman) as well as the launch of the latest volume in the Complete Edition, featuring Martinů's last two piano concertos. Cellist Petr Nouzovský looks back on the experience of recording all Martinů's works for his instrument, and we remember the oustanding contribution made by Václav Nosek in promoting some of Martinů's most obscure stage works.
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Photo project Martinů in America, part of the Czenglishman in New York exhibition, is available online

The exhibition Czenglishman in New York is open for the whole summer in Czech Center New York. The exhibition was put together by the Center in close cooperation with the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague as part of the program cycle 2021: The Year of Martinů in America. It captures an important American period in the composer’s life (from 1941 to 1953 and briefly in 1956). An integral part of the exhibition is a special photo project entitled Martinů in America, put together by New York-based Czech photographer Kateřina Dvořáková Manková in the Spring of 2021. The photo project is available online too.
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Ariadne is the tenth volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition. The opera’s score was launched during Smetana’s Litomyšl

The Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition – an ambitious project of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, prepared by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute and published by Bärenreiter – continues its successful run with the tenth volume, the opera Ariadne. The launch of the publication was celebrated at Nové Hrady Castle on 30 June, in anticipation of the pre-premiere of Thrice Ariadne, a performance that encompasses three musical settings of the ancient myth, by Monteverdi, Benda, and – of course – Martinů.
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Harry Halbreich passed away five years ago

Five years ago, on 27 June 2016, the eminent Belgian expert on Czech music, musicologist Harry Halbreich, passed away after a long and difficult illness. He created the Bohuslav Martinů catalogue, comparable to the Köchel catalogue of W. A. Mozart's works. The catalogue was published in its second version in 2007 and became a synonym for reseach in Bohuslav Martinů's works across the entire world.
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Students of Janáček Academy performed The Voice of the Forest and Comedy on the Bridge

Opera performance students of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno performed two one-act operas by Bohuslav Martinů. Premieres were given to empty halls due to the pandemic restrictions. Videorecording is available on YouTube channel of the Academy until the end of June.
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