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Dominican Convent of St. Giles in Prague

Under the auspices of doc. JUDr. Pavel Svoboda PhD., D. E. A., Member of European Parliament

Music Spring at Dominicans 2015

Music in the Services of Diplomacy and Peace

Baroque Refectory of the Dominican Convent of St. Giles (Entrance from street Jilská 7a)

28 – 31 May 2015


Would you like to know how Beethoven became famous or what Goethe was talking about to Napoleon who just seized Berlin? Or who was appointed by Louis XIV to provide entertainment for a grandiose show which was to dazzle and put in
a good mood the participants of a meeting upon which depended the future of France? Do you feel like tuning into such mood, too? Come then to the Music Spring at Dominicans at the end of May.

This year, the programme focuses on sacred and secular music composed in the context of the important European monarchs' and diplomats' meetings which resulted in reconciliation.

Music always played a major role at such meetings. The pieces composed to order or as a response to the plight preceeding the meetings had an influence over the whole situation.

Whether it was the Thirty Years' War and Peace of Westphalia, War of the Spanish Succession and Treaty of Utrecht or Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, all these events were linked to art. Louis XIV not only loved art but he as well used it for improving relationships with his neighbours and keeping peace within France itself.

The mentioned events connected the music from various parts of Europe and securing the periods of peace, they, in turn, helped to development of the music impulses. And so 300 years after the Utrecht meetings (1713 - 1715) and 200 years after
the Congress of Vienna (1814 - 1815), we can remember the topics which are very similar to the actual ones and also, on our modest scale, bring together musicians from various countries.

Thursday, 28 May 2015 19:30

Les Nations

Europe in the Baroque Music

Ensemble „La Botta Forte“ (Basel)

(Baroque intruments)

Shai Kribus, Amy Power - oboe and recorder
Katya Polin, Sonoko Asabuki - violin
Katia Viel - viola
Alexandra Polin - viola da gamba
Lillian Gordis - harpsichord

Music by François Couperin, Georg Philipp Telemann and Andre Campra.


Friday, 29 May 2015 19:30

Dona Pacem

The Peace of Westphalia and the Thirty Years' War (1648) in North German und Baltic Music

Refreshments after the concert organised together with the Latvian Embassy in the Czech Republic

(Baroque intruments)
Aija Veismane - soprano
Jana Chytilová, Jiří Sycha - violin
Alena Hönigová - harpsichord
Ilze Grudule - violoncello and direction

Music by Heinrich Schütz, Albert Heinrich and Samuel Scheidt.


Saturday, 30 May 2015 17

Dancing Europe

The Congress of Vienna and the Napoleonic Wars

(historical instruments)
Ilze Grudule – violoncello
Alena Hönigová – fortepiano  

Music by L. van Beethoven and I. Moscheles.


Saturday, 30 May 2015 17

Le Retour de la Paix

The Peace of Utrecht (1713 - 1715) and the War of the Spanish Succession

(Baroque intruments)

Markéta Cukrová – mezzo - soprano
Martina Bernášková – flauto traverso
Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

Cantatas and "petit motets" by Michele Pignolet de Montéclair, André Campra and François Couperin.