Composers

Zámečník Evžen

5.2.1939—

Biography

Evzen Zamecnik studied violin and composition at the Brno Conservatoire (1956-61), and then he entered the Janacek\'s Academy of Perfoming Arts to study composition with Jan Kapr, graduating in 1968 with a one-act opera called the Farce of a Tub. He continued his composition studies while on a two-year\'s scholarship at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik with Gunter Bialas (1968-70), and completed his studies in the postgraduate work with Jiri Dvoracek at the Prague\'s Academy of Performing Arts (1974-79). After having been employed as a violinist in Brno\'s Janacek\'s Opera Theatre he moved on to the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, where he remained for 10 years. In 1982 he established the Brno Brass Band (BBB) chamber ensemble and became its music director and conductor. Until now he has composed a great number of pieces for this ensemble, both composing new works of his own and arranging works by other composers. He also worked as a repertory manager of the opera company at the National Theatre in Brno for five years. In 1992 he was appointed the artistic director of the Brno Conservatory (until 2002).

Zamecnik is a succesful, prize-winning composer of chamber music, orchestral and stage works. During the nineties he became worldwide known for his many brass band compositions and arrangements of different styles. He regularly composes for wind ensembles and brass bands, and in this genre of composition he managed to create something valuable which won him international acclaim. Zamecnik\'s unique style is notable for its exceptional expression as well as for its specific sense of humor and wit. He has also written several of works for his own instrument, the violin. His children\' s opera Ferda the Ant, produced by the Janacek Opera in Brno, has enjoyed over 80 repeat performances. His second children\' s opera entitled Bag the Beetle was commissioned by the Prague National Theatre. String Quartet No.2 and Suite for Wind Quintet won awards in the composers\'s competition for the Prize of the Town of Piestany, his female chorus Beskydy met with appreciation in the national choral competition in Jihlava. There is a mounting interest in the performance of his works abroad, where they have been greeted with favourable reviews. Zamecnik\' s compositions for large wind orcherstra have also met with marked success in Czechoslovakia and abroad. For instance the Variations on a Theme by Jindrich Pravecek were obligatory at the 1985 International Competition for Grand Wind Bands in Ostrava, the Moravian Dance called At Harabis was presented at the CISM (International Confederation of Musical Societies Congress in Luxembourg in 1985, and in the same year his Moravian Rhapsody was given a performance in Switzerland, commissioned for the Uster Festival.

In acknowledgement of his merits in the field of orchestral music Zamecnik\'s piece Babi hura was performed to critical acclaim at the Prague Premieres (a review of selected contemporary works) in 2005. This orchestral composition was written to mark the 150th anniversary of Leos Janacek\'s birth. For its jubilee 110th season, the Czech Philharmonic commissioned a new work from him, Concerto giocoso, which was performed at the gala anniversary concert in the Dvorak\'s Hall at Rudolphinum (on 4th January 2006).

 

 

Work

CHOICE OF COMPOSITIONS

Orchestral Works

HUKVALDY, a symphonic movement for large orchestra 0:07:00 (1967)
IN MEMORIAM IGOR STRAVINSKY for large orchestra 0:07:00 (1971), PA, Indra Musikverlag
MUSICA CONCERTANTE for string orchestra (1973), 0:17:00 CHF, r PA
MUSICA GIOCOSO for string orchestra (1973), CHF, 0:10:00 r PA
VIOLIN CONCERTO No. 1 (1976), PA, r PA 0:14:00
CONTACTONIA I for violin, flute and strings (1977) 0:07:00 r PA
PRELUDIO DECISO for large symphony orchestra (1978)CHF 0:11:00
DIVERTIMENTO SEMPLICE for string orchestra (1979) 0:12:00 CHF
PRELUDIO FILARMONICO for large orchestra (1980), CHF 0:11:00
MUSICA LAMENTOSA for large orchestra (1982), CHF, r PA 0:11:30
SERENATA PICCOLA for string orchestra (1983) CHF,
JAZZ-STUDY for violin and brass (1983), r PA 0:08:00
MOUTHPIECE STUDY for brass (1983), r PA 0:02:00
CONCERTO GROSSO for small wind ensemble and 0:15:00 symphony orchestra (1984), CHF
SYMPHONIC DIPTYCH for large orchestra and baritone solo to the text by Jan Skacel (1986), CHF 0:15:00
CONCERTINO GIOCOSO for clarinet and large wind orchestra (1996)
CONCERTINO for violin and large wind orchestra (1998), API
XYLOPHONE PARTY. On a visit with W.A.Mozart, G. Bizet, G. Rossini and V. Monti for xylophone solo and large wind orchestra (2004), Kliment Musikverlag

Works for 1 - 2 musicians

SUITE for solo violin (1963), CHF, Orlando - Musikverlag, Munchen 0:10:00
DUO I for violins (1966) Orlando - Musikverlag, Munchen 0:12:00
THREE PIECES for violin and piano (1965) 0:11:00
ELEGIES a) for violin and piano (1969) Orlando - Musikverlag, Munchen b) for violin and string orchestra, CHF 0:07:00
DUO II for two violins (1969) Orlando - Musikverlag, Munchen 0:10:00
DUO for violin and viola (1974) 0:10:00
DUO for two violas (1975) 0:13:00
DUO for two double basses (1975) 0:08:00
MUSICA PER PABLO CASALS. Variations on a Spanish theme for solo cello (1975), CHF, r SU 0:10:00
DUO for violin and cello (In memoriam Dmitry Shostakovich), (1975), CHF 0:14:00
3 INVENTIONS in an old style for violin and viola (1979) 0:10:00
CANTO for violin and piano (1979), CHF 0:06:00
STUDY in D for solo cello (1980), CHF 0:05:00
CAPRICCIO for solo accordion (1982), CHF 0:06:00
Introduzione e due toccate, for solo guitar (1988) 0:10:00
Duo for violin and clarinet (1990) 0:12:00

Chamber Works (3 - 9 instruments)

4 STUDIES for bass clarinet, percussion and piano (1963) 0:10:00
STRING QUARTET No. 1 (1964) Orlando - Musikverlag, Munchen 0:13:00
SERENADE for flute, oboe and clarinet (1969) 0:09:00
SUITE for wind quintet (1974), CHF, r PA 0:11:00
MEDITATIONS (In memory of Jiri Travnicek) for string quartet (1974), SU, r SU 0:14:00
STRING QUARTET No. II (1976), CHF 0:13:00
PICTURES for violin, cello and piano (1978), CHF 0:14:00
TRIO for three violas (1982), CHF 0:12:00
CHRISTMAS TRIO for three violins (1982) 0:03:00
CHRISTMAS INTERLUDES for 4 trumpets and 3 trombones (1984) 0:16:00
Tromboniad. A cycle of compositions for 2 - 4 trombones (1986)
String Quartet No. 3 (1987) 0:15:00
Kontaktonia II for flute, viola and violoncello (1989) 0:14:00
Trio for flute, violin and piano (1993)

Small Band

Midnight Serenade for bugle-horn and band (1987) 0:05:00
Studio Mate. Concert compositions for band (1988) 0:04:00
Trnka (Blackthorn). Dance for band (1988) 0:05:00
The Lachian Sun. Music tableau for band (1988) 0:09:00
Rondo ben ritmico for small band (1989) 0:04:00
Zoological Suite for band (1990) 0:12:00
Variations and Fugue TGM for band (1990) 0:10:00
Syncopation Forward. Concert galop for band (1992) 0:04:00
La derniere valse / The Last Waltz (1992) 0:09:00
Dance Echoes. Concert composition (1993) 0:06:00
Kerkrade Panorama. Variations and fugue on a Dutch folk song (1993) 0:14:00
Rondo buffo or \"Rainy Mosguito Wedding\" for two solo clarinets and symphonic band (1994) 0:08:00
Scout. A suite for symphonic band (1994) 0:13:00

Vocal Works

FOUR CHILDREN\' S CHORUSES to lyrics by Jan Carek (1964) 0:08:00
PEASANT S PRAYER. A cycle of 3 mixed choruses to the lyrics of Czech folk poetry (1968) 0:09:00
IMPROMTUS I for mixed choir a cappella (1969),CHF 0:04:00
IMPROMTUS II for mixed choir and solo trumpet (1969), CHF 0:08:00
THERE BENEATH THE HILLS, THE HIGH HILLS. Cantata for baritone, reciter, female choir and orchestra to texts by Moravian poets and to folk poetry (1975) 0:35:00
INDIAN SUMMER for solo soprano, mixed choir and two tam-tams to the text by Ivo Odehnal (1976), CHF, r SU 0:07:00
RIVERS. A cycle of 3 male choruses to texts by J. Kebza (1976) 0:09:00
LET\'S CREATE A LAND OF SONG. Children\' s double chorus to a text by Ivo Odehnal (1978) 0:09:00
AROUND FRYDEK. Mixed chorus (1983) 0:05:00
HOW WE ARE TO BEHAVE. Mixed chorus to a text by Jaroslav Hasek (1983) 0:06:50
BESKYDY. Female chorus to the text by Petr Bezruc (1984) 0:05:00
GAMES. A cantata to texts of medival student\' s poetry for soprano, tenor, flute, viola, mixed choir and brass ensemble (1984) 0:15:00
SINE AMORE NIHIL. Two sonnets for mixed choir to texts by Jan Skacel (1985) 0:08:00
Lachian Spring. Cantata for baritone solo, viola solo, mixed choir and orchestra to texts by Petr Bezruc and Lachian folk texts (1989) 0:30:00
Swift Arrows. Musical after J.Foglar\'s books for children (1992) 2:00:00

Large Wind Orchestra

UNDER THE BARE MOUNTAIN (1974) 0:05:00
HUKVALDY SERENADE (1974) 0:05:00
GET THE BETTER OF YOURSELF, a gallop (1974),PA, r SU 0:03:00
SOYUZ-APOLLO (1975) 0:05:00
EVEN IF WE ALL FELL. Variations on a longstanding worker\'s song (1978) 0:09:00
FROGS AND DINOSAURIA. A jolly piece for 4 trombones, 4 tubas and a full band (1987), 0:04:00
MORAVIAN PRELUDE (1979), CHF 0:07:00
AT HARABIS. Moravian dance (1980), CHF, r PA 0:04:50
OSTRAVA VARIATIONS (1981) 0:08:50
VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY JINDRICH PRAVECEK (1981) CHF 0:08:00
SPANISH METAMORPHOSES (1983), CHF 0:05:50
A FLOWER FOR VACLAV TROJAN (1983), CHF 0:05:00
MORAVIAN RHAPSODY (1984), CHF 0:10:00

Small Brass Ensemble

Menuetto per Gunter Bialas for brass ensemble (1986) 0:06:00
Trombone Miscellany. Cycle of compositions for 2- 4 trombones (1986) 0:22:00
Robber\'s Variations for chamber brass ensemble (1987) 0:09:00
Czech Repercussions, for bass and brass instruments, to texts of Frantisek Ladislav Celakovsky (1987) 0:15:00
Calls from the Tower. Suite on Bohuslav Martinu and Jan Novak motives for 3 trumpets, 2 horns and 3 trombones (1993) 0:20:00
Graz-Ostrava Fanfare, for 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and timpani (1994) 0:00:30

Operas

FARCE OF A TUB. A one-act buffa opera based on an anonymous Old French theme from the 15th century, libretto by the composer (1967), Dilia, r PA 0:25:00
FERDA THE ANT. A full-length children\' s opera, libretto by the composer based on Ondrej Sekora\' s book (1971), Dilia 2:00:00
BAG THE BEETLE. A full-lenght children\'s opera, libretto by Rudolf Zak based on Ondrej Sekora\' s book (1982), Dilia 2:00:00

 

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