Composition Commission issued to Peter Köszeghy
Prague Modern, Tschechische Republik
For the new concert series of Prague Modern, hailed by critics as the best Czechensemble for new music, artists such as Pascal Gallois, Jonathan Powell, fama Q ao. have been invited to create the programs according to their preferences, but always featuring contemporary composers from the Czech Republic and abroad, and always presenting a world premiere. Irena Troupova chose Berlin composer Peter Köszeghy. Troupova is one of the leading soprano vocalists on the Czech scene, especially in the field of Baroque or contemporary music, and she has in the past already performed with the members of Prague Modern (Romanian tour in 2011 – featuring works by Ligeti and Kurtág).
Commenting on his intentions and inspirations behind the piece composer Peter Köszeghy said the following:
“I want to compose a new work for Irena Troupova, a new work for voice and chamber ensemble (voice, flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass and percussion). The piece will feature a text by a Hungarian-Jewish poet, Miklos Radnoti. This figure was shot dead in 1945 in a death march and when his body was discovered some hand written short poems were found in his coat pocket. It was in fact these poems that ultimately led to the body’s identification. These short poems display very economical yet also very violent language. My idea is to set to music four of the poems by Radnoti – Razglednicak.”
May 5, 2014
The New Hall of Conservatory of Music, Prague, Czech Republic