Piano Music of the Czech Romantics

Piano Music of the Czech Romantics

A Performer's Guide
David Yeomans
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/12/2006
Format: Paperback 38 halftones, 122 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21845-2
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Piano Music of the Czech Romantics is an anthology of forty compositions for piano by eighteen composers representing two centuries of Czech musical history. Drawing upon well-known composers—Smetana, Dvorák, Janácek, and Martinu—to ones lesser known—Benda, Fibich, and Suk—these examples, many of them out of print, are accompanied by biographical information, analyses, interpretive suggestions for each piece, as well as listings of recommended repertoire, editions, recordings, and source material for each composer. An attached CD of sixteen of the pieces in the anthology, recorded by Dr. Yeomans, is also included.

Author Bio

Dr. David Yeomans is Professor Emeritus at Texas Woman's University, where he taught Piano, Piano Literature and Pedagogy, and Music History. He is author of Bartók for Piano (IUP 1987, 2000).


“Piano Music of the Czech Romantics collects and analyzes the piano music of Czech composers from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. ”

“Piano Music of the Czech Romantics gathers and analyzes the piano music of Czech composers from the late 18th through the early-20th centuries. In addition to the full piano scores, this collection contains essays that will be useful for liner and program notes, and for pedogogical and performance insights. A CD featuring 16 of the pieces discussed accompanies the volume.”

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Table of Contents

1. Georg Anton (Jírí Antonín) Benda (1722 - 1795)
The Prussian Connection
2. Leopold Kozeluh (1747 - 1818)
The Viennese Connection
3. Jan Ladislav Dusík (1760 - 1812)
The London Connection
4. Václav Jan Krtitel Tomásek (1774 - 1850)
The Musical Patriarch of Prague
5. Jan Václav (Hugo) Vorísek (1791 - 1825)
The Bohemian Schubert
6. Bedrich Smetana (1824 - 1884)
An Icon of Nationalism
7. Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Humoresques and Beyond
8. Zdenek Fibich (1850 - 1900)
An Intimate Life's Journey
9. Leos Janácek (1854 - 1928)
The Moravian Connection
10. Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859 - 1951)
A Lifetime of Lyricism
11. Vítezslav Novák (1870 - 1949)
The Slovakian Connection
12. Josef Suk (1874 - 1935)
The Dvorák Legacy Transformed
13. Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959)
From Tower Dweller to Cosmopolite
14. Alois Hába (1893 - 1973)
Master of Microtones
15. Ervín Schulhoff (1894 - 1942)
The Berlin Connection
16. Viktor Ullmann (1898 - 1944)
The Hero of Terezín
17. Klement Slavicky (1910 - 1999)
The Janácek Legacy Transformed
18. Petr Eben (b. 1929)
Folklore, Antiquity, Spirituality
Appendix: Repertoire, Editions, Recordings—A Selective Listing
Selected Bibliography