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Alois Hába (1893-1973) Czech Your Quarter-tones
« on: July 11, 2015, 10:15:17 PM »
Besides his many chamber music compositions, (and the Matka opera) the Grove lists these for orchestral works:
 
Mládí [Youth], 1913
Ov., op.5, 1919–20
Symfonická fantazie, op.8, pf, orch, 1920–21
Cesta zivota [The Way of Life], sym. fantasy, op.46, 1933
Valasská suita [Wallachian Suite], op.77, 1951–2
Vn Conc., op.83, 1954–5
Va Conc., op.86, 1955–7

and Piano music:

3 Fugues, op.1a, 1918; Variace na kánon od Roberta Schumanna, op.1b, 1918; 2 morceaux, op.2, 1917–18; Sonata, op.3, 1918; 6 Pieces, op.6, 1920; Suite no.1, op.10, 1/4-tone, 1922; Suite no.2, op.11, 1/4-tone, 1922; Suite no.3, op.16, 1/4-tone, 1923; Fantazie no.1, op.17, 1/4-tone, 1923; Fantazie no.2, op.19, 1/4-tone, 1923; Fantazie no.3, op.20, 1/4-tone, 1924; Suite no.4, op.22, 1/4-tone, 1924; Suite no.5, op.23, 1/4-tone, 1925; Fantazie no.4, op.25, 1/4-tone, 1925; Fantazie no.5, op.26, 1/4-tone, 1925; Fantazie no.6, op.27, 1/4-tone, 1926; Fantazie no.7, 1/4-tone, op.28, 1926; Fantazie no.8, op.29, 1/4-tone, 1926
Fantazie no.9, op.30, 1/4-tone, 1926; Fantazie no.10, op.31, 1/4-tone, 1926; Toccata quasi una fantasia, op.38, 1931; 4 moderní tance, op.39, 1927; Sonata, op.62, 1/4-tone, 1946–7; Suite, op.88, 1/4-tone, 1957–9; Fantazie, op.89, 1/4-tone, 1957–8; Six Moods, op.102, 1971

and of course, the Chamber pieces:

String Quartets: No.1, op.4, 1919;
no.2, op.7, 1/4-tone, 1920; no.3, op.12, 1/4-tone, 1922; no.4, op.14, 1/4-tone, 1922; no.5, op.15, 1/6-tone, 1923; no.6, op.70, 1/4-tone, 1950; no.7, op.73, 1950–51; no.8, op.76, 1951; no.9, op.79, 1952; no.10, op.80, 1/6-tone, 1952; no.11, op.87, 1/6-tone, 1957; no.12, op.90, 1/4-tone, 1959–60; no.13, op.92, 1961; no.14, op.94, 1/4-tone, 1963; no.15, op.95, 1/5-tone, 1964; no.16, op.98, 1/5-tone, 1967

other chamber and instrumental

Fugue on H–A–B–A, org, 1913;
Sonata, op.1, vn, pf, 1914–15;
Fantazie, op.9a, Hudba [Music], op.9b, 1/4-tone, vn, 1921;
Fantazie, op.18, 1/4-tone, vc, 1924;
Fantazie, op.21, 1/4-tone, vn, pf, 1925;
Suite, op.24, 1/4-tone cl, 1/4-tone pf, 1925;
Fantazie, op.32, va, 1/4-tone pf, 1926;
Fantazie, op.33, vc, 1/4-tone pf, 1927;
Fantazie, op.34, fl, pf, 1927–8, rev. op.34a, b cl, pf, 1968;
6 Pieces, op.37, 1/6-tone hmnm, 1928;
Fantazie no.1, op.40, nonet, 1931;
Fantazie no.2, op.41, nonet, 1932;
Duo, op.49, 1/6-tone, 2 vn, 1937;
Sonata, op.54, gui, 1943;
Suite, op.55, 1/4-tone cl, 1943;
Nonet no.3, op.82, 1954;
Nonet no.4, op.97, 1971
Suite, op.56, 1/4-tone tpt, trbn, 1944;
Suite, op.59, chromatic hp, 1944;
Sonata, op.60, diatonic hp, 1944;
2 skladby [2 Compositions], op.61, diatonic hp, 1944;
Suite, op.63, 1/4-tone gui, 1946;
Suite, op.69, bn, 1950, rev. op.69a, b cl, 1969;
Suite, op.72, 4 1/4-tone trbn, 1950;
Qt, op.74, 4 bn, 1951;
Fantazie ‘Te Deum laudamus’, op.75a, org, 1951;
Fantazie a fuga HABA, op.75b, org, 1951;
Sonata, op.78, cl, 1952, rev. op.78a, b cl, 1968;
Suite, op.81a, vc, 1955;
Suite, op.81b, vn, 1955
Suite, op.85a, 1/6-tone, vn, 1955;
Suite, op.85b, 1/6-tone, vc, 1955;
Suite, op.91, cimb, 1960;
Suite, op.93, 1/4-tone, vn, 1961–2;
Suite, op.96, b cl, 1964;
Fantazie no.4, op.97, nonet, 1962–3, 1970;
Suite, op.99, sax, 1968;
Suite, op.100, b cl, pf, 1969, MS;
Suite, op.103, vn, pf, 1972
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Violin and Viola Concertos - Re: Alois Hába
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 10:17:11 PM »
I've searched but cannot find a reference that these two works have ever been recorded.
There's no vinyl LP that I can find issued by Supraphon.
Certainly, there's never been any CD issued.

Anyone heard either of these on a radio broadcast?
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Re: Alois Hába (1893-1973) Czech Your Quarter-tones
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 01:01:09 AM »
Which two works?

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RE: Violin and Viola Concertos - Re: Alois Hába
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 05:07:02 AM »
Look at the subject of post.   ;)
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Re: Alois Hába (1893-1973) Czech Your Quarter-tones
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2015, 08:57:07 PM »
Besides his many chamber music compositions, (and the Martha opera) the Grove lists these for orchestral works:

I think you have misread this, it should be Matka (Mother) op. 35    His other opera is New Land (Nová Zemé)  op. 47
There is a famous opera, Martha, by Flotow.

I also cannot see the two unrecorded works to which you refer.
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Re: RE: Violin and Viola Concertos - Re: Alois Hába
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2015, 11:17:33 PM »
Look at the subject of post.   ;)
the subject of the post is Czech your Quartertones.

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Re: RE: Violin and Viola Concertos - Re: Alois Hába
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2015, 12:52:54 AM »
the subject of the post is Czech your Quartertones.
Post subject. Not topic subject. 'Re: RE: Violin and Viola Concertos - Re: Alois Hába'
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2015, 01:46:34 AM »
I think you have misread this, it should be Matka (Mother) op. 35    His other opera is New Land (Nová Zemé)  op. 47

Fixed!  I was typing what I was thinking about instead of paying attention.  :-D
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Haba (1893-1973) Czech Your Quarter-tones
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2015, 09:25:41 AM »
Fixed!  I was typing what I was thinking about instead of paying attention.  :-D

Too bad!  I thought you had discovered an opera by Haba that was unknown to me!

I spent some time looking for information on the Soviet-era Violin and Viola Concertos: according to one source, neither are in a microtonal style.
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Re: Alois Hába (1893-1973) Czech Your Quarter-tones
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2018, 10:47:15 AM »
Returning to Hába after a sizeable break.  Going to go through the string quartets chronologically.

No.1 was composed in 1919 under the guidance of Franz Schreker and shows a mastery of classical formal structure.  The language is highly chromatic but never abandons tonality.  Nothing to write home about, but probably outdoes Hindemith's first essays in the genre.

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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2018, 04:38:47 AM »
Returning to Hába after a sizeable break.  Going to go through the string quartets chronologically.

No.1 was composed in 1919 under the guidance of Franz Schreker and shows a mastery of classical formal structure.  The language is highly chromatic but never abandons tonality.  Nothing to write home about, but probably outdoes Hindemith's first essays in the genre.

You have recordings of all of them?!  I am impressed!  Somewhere in my archives are scores for two string quartets, photocopied in the 1970's, which I should revisit also! 
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Re: Alois Hába (1893-1973) Czech Your Quarter-tones
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2018, 02:31:09 PM »
You have recordings of all of them?!  I am impressed!  Somewhere in my archives are scores for two string quartets, photocopied in the 1970's, which I should revisit also!

It's the NEOS box set by the Hába Quartett (highly recommended):



Which quartets do you have the scores to? I'll need to see if I can get ahold of something through ILL - the 2nd is on IMSLP...