Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Photo: Our Lady before Týn.

Eureka! — È una nota d’oro!

Chamber music around Prague’s “Count of the Lute”.

Thursday 17 December 2020 19:00 — On-line concert, Prague, Czech Republic.

Due to epidemiological measures the public could only visit this concert on-line.
Voluntary admission (suggested 150 Kč / 90 Kč or 4.00 € / 2.25 €)



Jan Antonín Losy (ca. 1650 — 1721) Suite B-flat major   (GB-Lb [1])
Allemande — Courante — Sarabande — Gavotte — Rondeau — Marche — Menuet
Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687 — 1750)
Jörn Boysen (*1976) — reconstruction of the lost flute part
[Duo pour luth et flute] fait à Prague 1719   (WeissSW 14, GB–Lb Add. 30387)
Adagio — Gavotte — Sarabande — Menuet — Bourée — Ciacona
Jan Antonín Losy (ca. 1650 — 1721) Suite D major
Ouverture — Allemande — Bourlescha — Policionello — Vacherelle — Aria hannaco

[1] Formerly owned by Christopher Hogwood and Franklin Zimmerman. Materials kindly provided by Michael Robertson (independent researcher), Christopher Scobie (British Library) and Tim Crawford.

About the programme

The œuvre of Jan Antonín Losy represents a unique part of the Bohemian and worldwide musical legacy. Losy’s compositions were enormously popular in Europe at that time, as evidenced both by the amount of pieces surviving in manuscripts around the world and by the number of transcriptions of his lute compositions for other musical instruments. Today, almost two hundred of his original compositions and more than two hundred concordances and transcriptions are known, but no comprehensive catalogue of his works has been established. The recent discovery J. A. Losy’s dissertation represents a breakthrough in the historical research of the Losy family, revealing the hitherto unknown turbulent origin of this family and the circumstances of its arrival in the Lands of the Bohemian Crown.

Descriptions of Losy’s musical style often only give simple-minded clichés about Losy’s aim for a creative synthesis of the French and Italian styles. Such simplistic evaluations do not take into account how the composer developed and the various influences that affected his work at different stages of his compositional development. Completely separate remain reflections about Losy’s art of transcribing and adapting some of the generally popular compositions of the time. Today’s concert programme aims to explore these problems and to bring the music of the “Prague Lute School” closer to the audience.


Marta Kratochvílová

Photo: Marta Kratochvílová.

Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. Subsequently, she completed studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized on baroque and renaissance traverse flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and on chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She attended masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France she performed in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique, Le Masque, Bohemia Duo and NotaBene. At renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) she performed regularly with the Consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

She performs regularly throughout Europe, primarily in chamber projects with her artistic partners, including artists such as Christophe Coin, Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Marc Hervieux, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Martyna Pastuszka, Emmanuel Soulhat, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau, and the ensembles {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna or Plaisirs de Musique, of which she is a founding member. She is also the artistic leader of the renaissance flute consort Tourdion.

As a teacher with many years of experience she is invited to presentations and masterclasses throughout Europe; she teaches also privately baroque and renaissance traverso playing and historical interpretation.

Jan Čižmář

Photo: Jan Čižmář.

Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with of baroque and renaissance repertoire, and is the artistic leader of the ensemble Plaisirs de Musique.

After graduating in guitar and musicology in his native city Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar. He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music.

Jan Čižmář taught lute and related instruments at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland and at the Academy of Ancient Music of the Masaryk University in Brno; currently he is teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.

He appears on some dozens of CDs; his first solo CD was released in 2020 (Supraphon), dedicated to the music of Codex Jacobides.

Thank you

The concert takes place with financial support from the Capital City of Prague and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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