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Zdenek Lukas
1928 - 2007
Czech Republic
Z. Lukas
Zdenek Lukas (21/08/1928 - 13/07/2007), a Czech composer, born in Prague. He graduated from a teachers' college and worked as a teacher at first. From 1953 to 1963 he was a producer at the Czech Radio station in Pilsen and chorusmaster of the Ceska pisen Choir. Between 1962 and 1970 he had regular consultations in composition with Professor Miloslav Kabelac. He has been strongly influenced by folk music and throughout his career has concentrated on vocal music. From the 1960s on his approach to composition has been enriched by several elements culled from avant garde techniques. His works, which include six symphonies, several operas, a number of oratorios and cantatas and dozens of choral works, have often received prizes abroad, e.g. his Parabolae Salomonis in the 1965 Ernest Bloch Competition in the United States, Versos d'amor i de comitat in Barcelona in 1972, and his Fifth Symphony the 1973 Premio Citta di Trieste. Apart from his composition, he continues his work with choirs both at home and abroad.
Requiem in F sharp major
Composed in:1992
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Clarton CQ 0014-2 231
Requiem, Op.252, "per coro misto", for a cappella mixed choir. Duration: 23'48. It contains:
- Requiem aeternam 4:28
- Dies irae 1:57
- Lacrimosa 3:19
- Offertorium 3:11
- Hostias 3:53
- Sanctus 1:08
- Agnus Dei 5:17
The group Quattro, founded in 1996, is made up of four composers: Sylvie Bodorova, Lubos Fiser, Zdenek Lukas and Otmar Macha, each belonging to a different generation and representing a different development and artistic approach; though often heading in opposite directions, these artists nonetheless share the same idea of the substance of musical composition and its function in society, and they believe in art being a vitally important "ecology of the soul". Quattro present their music at performances by leading artists. They are guided by their manifesto and by a wish to foster effective contact with their audiences. Quattro devote themselves entirely to composition are therefore able to respond quickly to any inspirational commission. Their approach is to be illustrated by their appearance at a 1997 Prague Spring Festival concert. Works by the members of the Quattro group have most recently been released on a Supraphon Records CD, SU 3272-2 031 "Prague Guitar Concertos". Further concerts, workshops, courses, lectures, recordings and publication of compositions are planned.
The Quattro group:
Z.Lukas; O.Macha;
S.Bodorova; L.Fiser