Novák, Vítezslav – Signorina Gioventù, Ballet pantomime Op. 58 (Piano Reduction)
Michael Beckerman, one of the leading English-language writers on Czech orchestral music, places composer Vítězslav Novák in the “all-purpose pantheon of Smetana, Dvořák, Fibich, Janáček, Suk, Foerster and Martinů.” Author and music critic Max Brod called his music “authentically spiritual”, and each of his life anniversaries were publicly celebrated. Antonín Dvořák, his master class professor at the Prague Conservatory from 1891-1892, encouraged him to explore Slovakia and its Wallachian (Moravian) border region. Novák had entered the conservatory in 1889, studying piano with Josef Jiránek (from 1889-96) and counterpoint with Karel Stecker, who outlasted Dvořák at the Conservatory. Novák‘s early work attracted the attention of Brahms, who scouted new talent (including Dvořák) for his publisher, Simrock. Most of Novák’s orchestral scores were published by Universal Edition (Vienna).
A well-respected member of the Czech modernists, Novák’s musical style combined neo-romantic form and orchestration with elements from Moravian and Slovak folk music. The highpoint of Novák’s compositional career preceded World War I: both Pan, op. 43 (a five-movement, motivically-generated piano work featuring a beautiful scene by a mountain stream) and Bouře [The Storm], op. 42 (a turbulent, windswept cantata) were published in 1910 and widely performed. Pan was orchestrated in 1912, and Novák went on to publish four operas, more symphonic poems, and challenging, chromatic choral works. …
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