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Otmar Mácha

Otmar Mácha

Otmar Mácha


Otmar Mácha (October 2, 1922, Ostrava-December 14, 2006 Praha). was a Czech composer and musical director. His early compositions, from the end of World War II, are deeply romantic. There is a strong feeling for folk style in the song cycles of 1945-7, but the sonatas for violin and cello that followed are harder and harmonically more adventurous. He became known to the musical public in the middle of the 50s with his oratorio composition, The Legacy of J A Komensky (Comenius) (1955) Read more on Last.fm
Otmar Mácha (October 2, 1922, Ostrava-December 14, 2006 Praha). was a Czech composer and musical director. His early compositions, from the end of World War II, are deeply romantic. There is a strong feeling for folk style in the song cycles of 1945-7, but the sonatas for violin and cello that followed are harder and harmonically more adventurous.

He became known to the musical public in the middle of the 50s with his oratorio composition, The Legacy of J A Komensky (Comenius) (1955), in which he used Moravian folk intonations in an understandable and simple musical language. Later, he achieved a completely characteristic expression especially in the symphonic poem Noc a naděje (Night and Hope) (1959) and in Variations on the Theme and Death of Jan Rychlik for symphonic orchestra (1964) which were performed abroad several times with exceptional success. Symfonicka; intermezza and the symphonic poem Noc a nadeje (Night and Hope), which won prizes at the 1960 Jubilee Competition, are of greater originality, though the Orchestral Variations (1964) again draw on folk music. This is not the case in his two stage works: Polapena nevera (Infidelity Unmasked), a piece based on 17th-century Czech farces and showing a keen sense of characterization, and Jezero Ukereve (Lake Ukereve).

The latter is a powerful piece in which, against the violent background of the colonization of Africa, German doctors and biologists unsuccessfully attempt to combat an epidemic of sleeping sickness—the score makes interesting use of tapes within the orchestral texture. The principal starting point for Mácha´s symphonic, chamber, vocal and dramatic music has been and remains the tradition of Czech music from the first half of the 20th century which he developed in the frame of a more generally understandable and approachable musical language, which was in the course of time, enriched by new possibilities offered to music by the development in the third quarter of the 20th c. The pieces, Four Monologues to the lyrics of F X Salda and Lasske heleckacky, a song cycle of mountain songs for SSAA, received awards in the Jubilee Competition for the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution (1967) and in the Jihlava International Choral Competition (1973). Hoj, hura, hoj and Ho-ja-ja, ho-ja-ja are two songs from this award winning song cycle of mountain songs for SSAA, Lasske helekacky, published by Alliance Publications, Inc.

Fish Creek, WI. The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir under the direction of Jiri Chvala have recorded and performed Macha’s choral works with great success on their European and American tours. Choral Music by Otmar Macha published by API Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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