as the leaves on Petrin Hill overlooking our offices slowly start changing colour from green to brown, a sudden spike in cultural activity lets it be known that the autumn is finally here. One of the many contributions to this flurry of events is Contempuls, one of Prague's leading contemporary music festivals, in relation to which we bring you this issue's flagship text: an interview with theatre director of a musical persuasion, Jiri Adamek, whose collaboration with composer Martin Smolka will receive its Czech premiere at the festival. We also present a survey of this year's Ostrava Days biennale, with its typical barrage of premieres and performances turning late-August Ostrava into the capital of the world in terms of contemporary music.
However, we're also not forgetting our historical component, with several texts on historical sources and developments of the 16th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
I'd particularly like to mention Dina Snejdarova's illuminating expose of the life of composer Antonin Rejcha, which she concludes with a mention that Rejcha is still, to an extent, waiting to be rediscovered. That process is already underway, as attested to by a review of the second in Ivan Ilic's Rejcha Rediscovered five-CD series, which you will find at the end of this issue.
Wishingyou a busy and inspiring autumn, Ian Mikyska
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2019|
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