Music for Prague 1968
is a programmatic work
written by Czech-born composer Karel Husa
for symphonic band
and later transcribed for full orchestra
, written shortly after the crushing of the Prague Spring
reform movement in Czechoslovakia
in 1968. Karel Husa was sitting on the dock at his cottage in America at the time, listening to the BBC broadcast of the events on the radio. He was deeply moved, and wrote Music for Prague 1968 to memorialize the events. This piece is a standard among wind ensemble repertoire.
The work was commissioned by Ithaca College
and was premiered in January 1969 in Washington, DC at the Music Educators National Conference by Dr. Kenneth Snapp and the Ithaca College Concert Band.
2 Piccolos, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, Eb Clarinet, 9 Clarinets, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, 8 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, 2 Baritones, 2 Tubas, Chimes, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Timpani, 3 Antique Cymbals, 3 Triangles, 3 Suspended Cymbals, 3 Tam-Tams, 2-3 Snare Drums, 3 Tom-Toms, Bass Drum
The piece is in four movements
- Introduction and Fanfare
- Toccata and Chorale
As a piece of program music, the work is bound together by symbolism
and allusions. A theme from the 15th Century Hussite
song "Ye Warriors of God and his Law"
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