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June 2022
25. June 2022

This concert by the Martinů Voices ensemble will pay tribute above all to the works of two Polička natives – composer Bohuslav Martinů and poet and novelist Miloslav Bureš. Jiří Gemrot’s cantata The Burying of Light on Bureš’s lyrics, which Martinů also wished to set to music, will be heard for the first time.

“I still can’t understand that farewell. He smiles and waves his hand: »Send me the verses, The Burying of Light, in a month from now. I will be able to work again by then. Will make them into a new cantata,” he thinks of the old beautiful habit of the Vysočina glassmakers we were talking about.”

Miloslav Bureš about his last meeting with Bohuslav Martinů, 1959

Jiří Gemrot

Elegy for Military Secretaries

for solo voices, mixed choir, violin, viola and cello; lyrics by Jiří Dědeček

Jiří Gemrot

The Burying of Light

Premiere of a cantata for narrator, baritone, mixed choir, String quartet and piano. Libretto was written by Vojtěch Stříteský, based on rhymes, texts and a collection of the same name by Miloslav Bureš.

Bohuslav Martinů

Five Czech Madrigals

for mixed choir a cappella H. 321 (1948) 

The message delivered by the Dove

My Aching Head

Geese Floating on Water

Riding to See My love

Spells and Calumnies

Bohuslav Martinů

Mikeš from the Mountains

cantata on the text of a poem by Miloslav Bureš, for soli, mixed choir and instrumental accompaniment H. 375


venue / Smetana House

Little Smetana gave his first concert in the summer palace in whose place now stands the city’s Neo-Renaissance cultural center.

More on venue Smetana House

Festival catalogue

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Shuttle service

To all festival ticket holders we offer free transports from/to their accommodation facility outside the town of Litomyšl in distance up to 20 km, and from the train station in Česká Třebová.

Zukal Matouš
Zemlinského kvarteto
Martinů Voices
Vasilek Lukáš 
290 / 390 / 490 CZK 50% discount for health disability cards holders


presale from 27th 4.

1 Intermission Estimated end of the concert at 4.50 p.m. The programme uses a sound system


about the event


Jan Šťastný – artistic recitation Pavla Vykopalová – soprano Roman Hoza – baritone Martin Šrejma – tenor Matouš Zukal – piano Zemlinsky Quartet: František Souček – violin 1, Petr Střížek – viollin 2, Petr Holman – viola, Vladimír Fortin – cello Martinů Voices Conductor Lukáš Vasilek

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