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    Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    Today Andy and I did some more sightseeinge. We stayed in a flat in the heart of Prague and had an enjoyable time. In the afternoon I departed with Petr to Brno. Andy is heading back to New York in the morning and I am heading to Brno and then Vienna in the morning.

    Brno is smaller than Prague, but also a musical and beautiful city. Petr took me on a tour of the Janacek Concert Hall. Petr has conducted many concerts there. Across the street was the Janacek Academy of Music where Petr studied music. Then we walked around Brno and to St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. There were rehearsals taking place there with the Czech National Choir (110 singers) and the Brno Philharmonic (80 players). The cathedral had great acoustics. Petr told me his father was the resident composer and organist at the cathedral for many years. While at the cathedral, we heard Rimskey-Korzakov's “Russian Easter: and Gounod's “Cecilian Mass” Absolutely enthralling!

    We visited the Janacek Theatre – stunning ornate theatre with lots of detail. We then saw where Janacek lived when he was teaching music at the academy.

    You must have guessed that Leos Janacek was a very popular composer who lived here. Perhaps some GPO Janacek demos are in order if anyone is up to it (not for the faint of heart).
    When I return I will post pictures.

    More soon...

    Gary Garritan

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    Smile Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    I live not so far from wonderful towns as Vienna Brno and Prague. Your description is only enforcing my existing plan for a musically oriented tour of the MittelEuropa region, where every stone is a piece of the history of music...
    (...the other one seems to be in Orcas Islands, but a little bit too far for me...;-)


    Thanks Gary for your report.

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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    Thank you for the update Gary!

    Dan

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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    Sounds like you are having way too much fun! I look forward to some pictures, have a great time.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    I studied for 1 year with the czech composer,Petr Eben.
    He was awonderful composer and a lovely guy.
    Could you ask Petr,is his music still well thought of in Czechoslavakia?
    Is he still performed?
    Regards

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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    Gary wrote:
    "You must have guessed that Leos Janacek was a very popular composer who lived here. Perhaps some GPO Janacek demos are in order if anyone is up to it (not for the faint of heart)."

    Janacek, Sinfonietta Mov. 4
    http://www.wusik.com/song.php?id=672

    Apologies to Janacek for making a hack of his great composition and apologies to Gary and Tom for turning their wonderful performing instruments into a GM module. Please forgive my overflowing enthusiasm
    .

    The original midi file was found at www.classicalarchives.com,
    converted using the method described here
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum...ead.php?t=28578
    SIR reverb using the 1800seat set found for free at www.noisevault.com

    YBaCuO

    http://ybacuo.wusik.com
    GPO mock-ups, Synful experiments, original compositions

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    Are there enough trumpets in the GPO trumpet section for the Sinfonietta???

    Lovely work of music. All movements are great but the first is spectacular . . . gotta love the extra trumpets!!

    Brasspig
    Donald W. Sorah
    Doctoral Teaching Assistant
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL

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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    hi gary,

    nice to hear that you had a wonderful time in prag.
    will you be in frankfurt for the musikmesse this saturday?
    i'll be there, it will be wonderful to meet you there.

    cu andy

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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    Andy,

    Yes, I will be there. Please stop by at Booth 5.1D54. If I'm at a meeting please come back. Look forward to meeting you.

    Gary

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    Re: Goodbye to Prague, Hello Brno

    Quote Originally Posted by joaz
    I studied for 1 year with the czech composer,Petr Eben.
    He was awonderful composer and a lovely guy.
    Could you ask Petr,is his music still well thought of in Czechoslavakia?
    Is he still performed?
    Regards
    Petr Eben is one of the most famous Czech composers. Petr Pololanik's father was a colleague and personal friend of Mr. Eben. Petr mentioned that Mr. Eben was a concentration camp survivor and a remarkable man. His work is still performed often in the Czech Republic. You are fortunate to have studied with Petr Eben.

    Gary Garritan

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