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The International Cultural Exchange Project


Janacek and Revueltas
Duo Skarka-Pohl

The 1st Composition Award Janacek - Revueltas 2008

Download program of the Czech part of the tour
Program of the Czech part of the project

Download program of the Mexican part of the tour
Download program of the Mexican part of the project

Program of the concert events of the 1st Janacek - Revueltas Composition Award 2008
I) The selected award winning works of the 1st Janacek - Revueltas Composition Award 2008
II) Works by composers related to the project
III) Works by Leos Janacek and Silvestre Revueltas
IV) Works by important Czech composers
I) The award winning works
Jose Miguel Delgado: El mar sigue adelante (The See Goes On)
Carlos Barraza: Tres poemas (Three Poems)
Alexander Daniels: Un dia (One Day)
Mario Duarte: Inventar la verdad (To Invent the Truth)
Marco Cecchetti: Li-Po
Concert Schedule

Czech Republic
13/08 - Opening Gala
Prague (Antonin Dvorak Museum)
26/08 - 1st complete presentation of the project
Rejvíz (Vlastimil Lejsek's Residence)
14/10 - 1st complete public presentation of the project
Javornik (The Cultural Centre of the City)
15/10 - 2nd complete public presentation of the project
Jesenik Spa (The Mirror Hall)
17/10 - Presentation of the project as a part of the recital of Duo Skarka-Pohl
Vilémov (Castle)
21/10 - Concert of the project
Brno (Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts)
26/10 - Final concert of the Czech part of the project
Prague (St. Lawrence Church)
21/11 - First Concert in Mexico
The Claustro de Sor Juana University
23/11 - Chamber Recital
Chapultepec Castle
27/11 - Recital
The Claustro de Sor Juana University
01/12 - Recital for Live Broadcast
Foro A - Institute for Mexican Radio Broadcast
05/12 - International Concert
Carlos Chavez Hall (Mexican National Autonomous University)
06/12 - Final Concert of the Project
Old Archbishop Palace
Comments about the pieces by their authors
José Miguel Delgado:
"José Emilio Pacheco's poem, El Mar Sigue Adelante, is of an unmeasurable beauty. Its words are full of raw power, describing the Sea as a prisoner for eternity, forever struggling. The music I wrote aspires to prolong that idea."

Carlos Barraza:
„3 poemas (3 poems) is a small cycle of 3 miniatures, made with 3 poems by Jaime Sabines: El día,
Horal and Dońa luz XVIII; all of them are a bit contemplative, but with a clear line from dawn to death.
With this music, I seek to represent the atmosphere in which I submerge when I read the poems, and
I hope that the listener can submerge like I do, in that world of expectation and contemplation that I
experienced in those months in which I worked on the piece.“

Alexander Daniels:
„The piece "Un día..." (One day...) is based on a book of haikus by José Juan Tablada, the first Spanish speaking poet who used this short Japanese poetic form. Haikus are very powerful as they can conjure a visual image instantaneously and with very little words.
The musical textures of the piano intend to create a mini-atmosphere for each poem. The melodic material comes from two tone-rows: one derived from the number of syllables of all the haikus of the book, and one conceived as a color-pallet for harmonization. These two rows are twisted around each other and stretched, without changing the order of the notes, to recreate Tablada's pictures: singing birds, raining emeralds and angry geese.
The book is divided into 4 parts: La manana (Morning), La tarde (Afternoon), crepúsculo (Dusk) and La noche (Night); with a prologue at the beginning and an epilogue at the end. This piece is the first part of the book (Prólogo and La manana).“
Mario Duarte:
"And where is the truth?... This work is creating a different perspective, an existential searching which is not resolvable by itself, but by jump, in the changings of the vision, in wonder and self-irony as well... Music makes an allusion of confrontation of the love, in a momment of impetus and passion more than of sweetness of a delicate love-affair. Musically, the piece is based on steps (Major and Minor 2nd), utilised as a set for the intervallic system, note collection and a dodecafonic row. The main parameter explored is the rythm, represented in exhaustive forms of ostinatos along with constant changes of the range and the texture. Mellodic line is used in a free manner, utilising the material of steps, series and thus setting foundation for rhythmical interplay."

Marco Cecchetti:
“When i heard the idea of composing for baritone and piano i felt very eager about it but i didn’t know how to affront  the compositional process; it would be a new challenge to me. So by that time It came to me this magnificent ideographic  poem by José Juan Tablada and I’ve realized that it could satisfy all of my musical expression needs. Because of the dramatic and lyric characteristics and the wealthy expressive gamma the musical form and language reveled to me instantly. Tough the rest came along with a very ease.”   
II) Works by composers related to the project
Pavel Kopecký: Sen (The Dream)
Omar Rojas: Dos Cuerpos (Two bodies)
Edgar Merino: Mariquita Maria (Ladybug Maria)
Comments about the pieces by their authors
Pavel Kopecký:
"Dream. Song on the lyrics by Josef Kainar. For tenor and piano. The song came to existence during my studies at the Academy of Arts. The eternal theme of love and death, touching and simple, man´s statement, is stylized by a poet in a collection Lazarus And Song. All is there. I didn´t wish music to explain – it is not necessary. What I desired was to stress and intensify meaning of pronounced thoughts and insert it into the frame of tones. The picture has been perfect. My work was that of a picture-framer."
Omar Rojas: „By this work I would like to express a tribute to one of the greatest mexican writers Octavio Paz (this year we commemorate 10th anniversary of his death). My goal was to resemble the intertwining of the contrasting ideas of the poem and to create a fusion of them reaching the climax at the end of the work according to the author of the text envisioning thus the image of "two bodies laced into the night".
Edgar Merino: „The words used in this play come from a popular song from the Costa Chica, a region between the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.  It is a song (or piece) divided into three fragments where different sonorities are explored.  In the first fragment, mainly two intervals (second minor and fourth increased) are explored, in the second fragment, this interval is used for the creation of a twelve row sequence, and in the third fragment both intervals are added for the creation of another sequence.  In this piece, we are also looking for the employment of other vocal resources such as the sounds without pitch or rhythm.“
III. Works by Leos Janacek and Silvestre Revueltas
Leoš Janáček: Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs - Loučení (Parting), Osamělý (Lonely), Pérečko (Light Feather), Láska (Love), Koníčky milého (Lover´s Horses), Folk Ballades (Detva Songs) - Pod javorkom (Under the Maple)                        
Aria of Forester (from The Cunning Little Vixen)
Silvestre Revueltas: Las cinco horas (Five Hours), Caminando (Walking)
IV. Works by important Czech Composers
Antonín Dvořák: Biblické písně (Biblical Songs), Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Tunes)
Bohuslav Martinů: Nový Špalíček (New Anthology)
Petr Eben: Ballade des dames du temps jadis (Ballade About Ladies of the Past)
To see selected video clips from live performances of the works, please use the navigation panel on the left side of the page.

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