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Ladislav Simon
1929 - 2011
Czech Republic
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L. Simon
Ladislav Simon (03/04/1929 - 19/05/2011), a Czech (Jazz-) composer, born in Klanovice, died in Čerčany, Prague. He was a solo and chamber pianist until 1970, during which time he concentrated on romantic and modern music. He studied composition under A. Haba. From 1959 to 1970 he was the director of the orchestra at the Vinohrady theater, from 1970 to 1975 he was the director of the orchestra of the players' drama company in the National theater, and from 1974 to 1977 he was the conductor and dramatic adviser for the National theater. He also concentrates on educational activities at the Prague conservatory. He concentrated his composing efforts firstly on dramatic and film music (150 compositions for plays, 500 for television, e.g., theme tunes, the theme for Vecernicek (Good Night Children), and then, in the sixties, mostly chamber music, where he verified techniques for writing New Music (Missa non sacra). Simon's musical phrases are fascinating today because of the interesting contemporary synthesis of classical music with stylized jazz elements. His most popular works include a Concerto for piano, the wind quintet Perokresby (Pen and Ink drawings), the ballet Jennifer, and Requiem za zemrele, pro ktere byla hudba zivotem (Requiem for the dead, for whom music was life), written in 1992.
Requiem za zemrele, pro ktere byla hudba zivotem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1992
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:52'
In memory of:the dead, for whom music was life
Label(s):Clarton CQ 0003-2231 06C073
Requiem for the dead, for those to whom music was their life (1992): oratorio for soloists (soprano and baritone), mixed choir, two jazz bands and organ. Duration: 52 minutes. Text: Latin, but fragmentary.
Movements:
1. Introitus 7:37
2. Dies irae 13:47
3. Tuba mirum 13:35
4. Agnus Dei 4:42
5. Sanctus 39:17
Author:Arye Kendi
Requiem for the dead, for whom music was life for soprano, baritone, mixed choir, 2 jazz bands and organ. Well, this is different. It really is a Requiem and it commemorates musicians both famous and unknown, both in the public limelight and obscure. It sets the text of sections of theRequiem mass, in Latin. It is a big-band jazz work, using two jazz bands placed antiphonally, chorus, organ and soloists. The music derives from Ellington, Bernstein, Eisler, and those inflated rock-orchestral extravagances of the 70s (the composer seems to know his Pink Floyd pretty well). Does it work? Yes, actually, surprisingly well. If you are offended by Bernstein's Mass, don't bother, but if this vernacular approach to serious matters strikes you as refreshing, or entertaining, or you don't see why philosophy shouldn't swing, then give it a try. The worst you're likely to be is entertained and amused.
Source:www.recordsinternational.com
Simon's musical phrases are fascinating today because of the interesting contemporary synthesis of classical music with stylized jazz elements. His most popular works include a Concerto for piano, the wind quintet Perokresby (Pen and Ink drawings), the ballet Jennifer, and Requiem za zemrele, pro ktere byla hudba zivotem (Requiem for the dead, for whom music was life), written in 1992.