Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Moravian baroque and folk music

A rare meeting between two worlds.

Friday 9 June 2021 19:00 — On-line concert, Brno, Czech Republic.  (Event on Facebook)

Due to epidemiological measures the public could only visit this concert on-line.


RukyNaDudy (Frenštát pod Radhoštěm):
Plaisirs de Musique (Brno):
Special guests:




Folk songs
Arrangement: M. Friedl
Bože, dobry Bože — Na vrchu kopečka
Anonymus (cca. 1700) Bourlescha — Policionello — Aria hannaco   (CZ–Nlobkowicz X Lb 207)
Anonymus (cca. 1700)
Arrangement: M. Friedl
Aria hannaco   (CZ–Nlobkowicz X Lb 207)
Folk song
Arrangement: M. Friedl
Bajačkine nuty
Folk songs
Arrangement: J. Čižmář
Suite rusticana   (CZ–Bm A 20.545)
Polon[aise] — Deutsche — Der Franzos — Der Wälsche — Kossack — Der Türk
Folk songs
Arrangement: M. Friedl
Leopold I (1640 — 1705) Borea   (CZ–KRa A 918)
Francisque Caroubel (1556 — 1611?)
Arrangement: M. Friedl
Anonymus (cca. 1700)
Arrangement: J. Čižmář
Walachica   (CZ–Bm A 20.545)
Anonymus (cca. 1700)
Arrangement: M. Friedl
Valachia   (CZ–Bm A 20.545)
Folk lyrics
Anonymus (cca. 1700)
Arrangement: J. Čižmář
Faber   (CZ–Bm A 27.750)
Marian Friedl (*1979) Išli, išli

About the programme


Transcription of the dialogues

Jan Čižmář: Welcome to our concert of the two ensembles: RukyNaDudy band, which you just heard performing folk music using unusual archaic instruments, and the Plaisirs de Musique ensemble, which specializes in playing Renaissance and Baroque music on period musical instruments. We are very interested, and that is the reason why we have prepared our concert together, we are interested in the musical instruments of the RukyNaDudy band. I understand that they are historical folk instruments similarly to ours, which we consider to be historical courtly instruments. Perhaps the bandleader Marian Friedl could tell us more about this issue.

Marian Friedl: This is the RukyNaDudy band from Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, which aims at playing archaic styles and musical instruments from this part of the Beskid Mountains. We use different kinds of folk flutes, hollowed-out fiddles, small dulcimer, bagpipes and many other instruments that we will introduce today. This concert is especially interesting because of the meeting between two ensembles focusing on historical musical instruments and music of two different social stratas that mixed very rarely in history. We decided to change this and link the musical literature, which Jan found in historical manuscripts in archives, with the folk musicians who play probably the same instruments that were played in those times. Maybe the folk musicians who played them could also meet with the court musicians...

Jan Čižmář: Let me add that the sources Marian just mentioned come from the Kroměříž chateau as well as from the Hradisko monastery, both situated quite close to the Beskid Mountains. You can find there pieces called for example Valachica meaning Walachian or Aria Hanaca, a song from the Haná region, which you will hear just now.

Photo: Scene from the video.

Jan Čižmář: This was a suite of national dances that we have arranged for historical instruments and folk instruments because of the folk origin of the dances. They were written down in the Hradisko monastery at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. Now I will deliver a short promo of our common goal. It is to record the music we play and release it on CDs to present this music to our listeners. Now Marian will introduce a song from a CD which has already been recorded.

Marian Friedl: We are going to play a set of bandit (“Robin Hood”) songs. Each band from the Beskid Mountains must have these songs in its repertory because they are very typical just for this region. The musical album which is just about to be released is called Vlastimil Bjaček: Ruky na DUDÁCH (Hands on PIPES). Insiders immediately recognize that this is an album aimed at the bagpipes (gajdy) in the hands of our bagpiper Vlastík Bjaček. It will include a lot of music from different times and in different instrumentations. We decided to include songs where the bagpipes are accompanied with a jazz rhythm section and you will also hear historical music played with the court musicians playing the lute and the traverso, a bit of electronic music and of course very much of our authentic folk music which we are the most familiar with. This album will be released in spring 2021.

Jan Čižmář: And after that we will continue with a composition by the Emperor Leopold I. This composition was written by Leopold and can be found in the archiepiscopal archives in Kroměříž in the Haná region, which is quite close to the Beskid Mountains. With our ensemble we plan a CD recording in Kroměříž with compositions from the Kroměříž archive, including some of Leopold’s. But it will not be purely early music, we will also invite musicians from the RukyNaDudy band and other guests. It will be an amalgam of different styles from the perspective of the early music, from the 18th century’s point of view. This project will be recorded in 2022 because nowadays it is quite difficult for foreign guests to participate, which makes it impossible to continue now.


RukyNaDudy: Vlastimil Bjaček, Martin Kocián, Marian Friedl, Petr Domčík, Lukáš Mrkva.

The band RukyNaDudy from Frenštát pod Radhoštěm (Frankstadt) has been playing the archaic form of traditional music of the so-called Hukvaldy (Hochwald) Beskid Mountains since 2004. Its musical inventory include little-used or completely forgotten musical instruments such as the koncovka, fujarka, shepherd’s whistle, “salašovka”, “ochlebky”, gajdy (bagpipes) and small dulcimers. The individual instrumental sets that the band RukyNaDudy uses in their production have their models in real forms known from the past or from other Carpathian regions, and the styles of playing range between the poles of archaic reconstruction and world music. The repertoire of RukyNaDudy includes unknown or little-played songs as well as newly created songs based on local idioms.


Marian Friedl

Marian Friedl, musician, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, member of several music projects of various specializations, in which he sings, plays the double bass, folk flutes, bagpipes, clarinet, small dulcimer and other instruments. He has performed on more than two dozen CDs, often with leading performers from the Czech scene and abroad. In 2014 he recorded, for example, the album NOCZ and Iva Bittová (Hevhetia), in 2016 Divé Husy with Jitka Šuranská and Martin Krajíček (nominated for the Anděl Music Award 2016) and in the same year the album Mateřština with Jiří Slavík (Anděl award 2016 in the World Music category). He embodied his personal vision of Moravian World Music in his self-conceived project Lambs and Wolves; the album of the same name won the Anděl 2017 award in the Folk category. In 2019 he released his solo album Beskydská Odysea (Indies Scope), the neo-folklore project Píseň ZEMĚ (Animal Music), and also performed as sideman on albums of the Norwegian-Czech group NOCZ and Choir (Hevhetia) and in the project Slovak Dances of the composer and conductor Peter Reiner (Naxos).

Plaisirs de Musique

Plaisirs de Musique: Marta Kratochvílová & Jan Čižmář.

Plaisirs de Musique specializes since 2013 on authentic interpretations of early music on period instruments, its members being leading European experts in the field. The projects that the ensemble performs in are partly regular concerts, but they also comprise collaborations on staged, dance and opera productions. The ensemble appeared in concerts at various festivals at home and abroad (Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and Belgium). Its artistic leader Jan Čižmář is taking inspiration especially from recent discoveries from musical archives, and strives for an attractive presentation of early music in the context of other disciplines of art. The ensemble’s activities also include educational events and concerts for children.


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

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 Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Statutory City of Brno.

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