Michna - The Czech Lute | Arta F10075

Michna - The Czech Lute

£15.26

Label: Arta

Cat No: F10075

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Ritornello

Conductor

Michael Pospisil

Works

Michna, Adam Vaclav

The Czech Lute (13 songs)

Artists

Ritornello

Conductor

Michael Pospisil

About

Adam Vaclav Michna (c.1600-1676), Knight of Otradovice, and the humanist Jan Amos Comenius were the two great Baroque poets of Bohemia. Michna was also one of the outstanding musical personalities of his time. This scholarly aristocrat, burgher, village organist and inn-keeper in one, expressed in his Czech Lute all the pain and yearning of Europe, torn by the Thirty Years War. Michna was not only the author of the verses and the composer of the music, but the publisher as well. He chose the simple, straightforward form of thirteen "dance songs", arias with an instrumental introduction and sometimes with an accompaniment, and thus created a remarkable poetic suite, an "oratorium". The intricate symbolism of the poetry is based on the parallel of two mystic marriages, that of the Blessed Virgin Mary with God, and that of the human soul with Christ. Michna guides the Soul, and us, through the dangers and temptations of the world, from the time of the Creation to the threshold of Paradise, in what is almost a theatrical performance.

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