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The Slovakian composer's thread.
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:59:51 AM »
Now, don't all reply at once  :P
This is really just an excuse to alert you to the new release of orchestral music by Eugen Suchon (1908-1993) on Chandos and I couldn't see a Slovakian composer thread (which doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't one!) I really liked the new Suchon CD and played it through three times in a row. It is late-Romantic tonal fare but immensely enjoyable; a bit like Novak meets Ravel and there is a strong, though integrated folk influence:


A much deeper work is Symphony 7 by Alexander Moyzes, in memory of his daughter who died young. I find this an incredibly moving work which seems to mirror the grief process from despair, rage, anger to a hard won acceptance, even triumph at the end. Not as great, perhaps as Suk's 'Asrael Symphony' but a powerful and moving score:

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2016, 10:31:10 AM »
I am a bit reluctant to reply here since I am not really sure which Czech (or Ex-Czech) is really Slovakian.
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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2016, 10:32:33 AM »
BTW, after Martina Navratilova got her US citizenship, she bought a new car with the licence plate reading "EXCZECH"
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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2016, 11:40:03 AM »
I am a bit reluctant to reply here since I am not really sure which Czech (or Ex-Czech) is really Slovakian.
At least you replied Paul  :)
Thank you - I'm not exactly confident in the nationality issue either but I really like both works. Do you know the Moyzes?
OT hope you are making progress.  :)
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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2016, 02:56:35 PM »
Suchoň, Eugen
(b Pezinok, Slovakia, 25 Sept 1908; d Bratislava, 5 Aug 1993). Slovak composer.


Moyzes, Alexander
(b Kláštor pod Znievom, nr Martin, 4 Sept 1906; d Bratislava, 20 Nov 1984). Slovak composer and teacher.
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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2016, 03:10:26 PM »
Now, don't all reply at once  :P


Many thanks for the notice about these composers!

YouTube offers this for Eugen Suchon:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/TT5FGqiRLKQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/TT5FGqiRLKQ</a>

And for Alexander Moyzes:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/U_kmvNJZWE8&amp;list=PLlNCBWE8s3N7SU4hNoQumZvRne74mdTVS" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/U_kmvNJZWE8&amp;list=PLlNCBWE8s3N7SU4hNoQumZvRne74mdTVS</a>
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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2016, 10:57:14 PM »
At least you replied Paul  :)
Thank you - I'm not exactly confident in the nationality issue either but I really like both works. Do you know the Moyzes?
OT hope you are making progress.  :)

Yes I have and I enjoy the Moyzes.

Slovakia should try to claim Mahler.
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Re: The Slovakian composer's thread.
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2016, 11:19:19 PM »
Many thanks Leo and Paul. Let us know what you think of the Suchon if you get round to hearing it.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).