Concentus Moraviae

The International Music Festival of 13 Towns CONCENTUS MORAVIAE will enter its 13th year in 2008. For the regions of South Moravia and Vysočina the festival has been a unique musical event. The festival has been held under the auspices of the governors of both regions and the mayors of the festival venues.

Sample imageThe festival contributes to development of tourism in both regions and its significance exceeds the frontiers of the Czech Republic. More than thirty concerts held in June every year take place in nearly 20 towns of South Moravia and Vysočina regions. The festival is unique in the structure of its organisation. The festival towns are co-organizers and intensely contribute to the festival preparation. That allows the mayors and representatives of the culture departments of the town councils to meet periodically on the communal level and facilitates their cooperation in other areas too. The festival heats up the local historic monuments and offers the audiences introduction to the wealth of both regions through first-class concerts in the inspirational environment of chateaux, castles, churches, synagogues and museums of the charming towns.


The dramaturgy of the festival in 2008 focuses on musical life in the Visegrad region from the Middle Ages to the Viennese congress in the years 1814-1815. The theme “early Music of Visegrad“ will be grasped on multiple levels. Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish composers will be introduced, musical life in the period capitals of Prague, Bratislava, Buda(pest) and Krakow (or Warsaw) will be mapped, music centres off the capitals (including monasteries) will be focused on and treasures of private and public music collections will be revived. Under the guidance of Barbara Marie Willi a complex image of the period music production in Central Europe from the Hungarian – Czech – Slovak – Polish frame of reference will be created by György Igric (Budapest), Václav Kapsa (Prague), Adrian Rajter (Bratislava) and Marek Dyżewski (Wrocław), with enrichment with another topical Visegrad aspect: current performing scene of early music of the participating countries. The year 1989 broke the information barrier and opened door for extensive changes of musical life in the Visegrad countries. A number of excellent early music ensembles playing historic instruments were established in the process. The 2008 Concentus Moraviae festival will focus on early music ensembles from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. An important ensemble in this context will certainly be the newly founded Visegrad Baroque Orchestra. 
Sample imageThe intention of the team of the festival dramaturges is to discover and introduce the past and present wealth of the Visegrad countries. The aim is not only to remind of the excellent foreigners in Central European service (M. Scacchi, J. J. Fux) and the successful emigrants from the Visegrad region (Stamic brothers, Benda family, F. Janiewicz) but also to introduce personalities that are not necessarily entries in general music dictionaries – such as A. Jarzębski, M. Zielenski, B. Pękiel, M. Vogt, A. Reichenauer, V. Jírovec, J. A. Štěpán, F. I. A. Tůma, S. Capricornus, J. Kusser, M. Rózsavölgyi, B. Istvánffy or B. Bakfark. Major music archives will reveal the fashions of the historic periods in question, the musical styles preferred in the individual locations and the composers popular and omnipresent at the time, even though forgotten by musical memory of the past, rightly or not. The festival will revive musical life in the courts of Kroměříž, Krakow, Györ, Trenčín and musical resources of Prague, Warsaw, Budapest and Bratislava. As the Visegrad identity is also based on common religious traditions, the festival will also touch the cults of saints (such as St. Elisabeth of Hungary or St. John of Nepomuk) as well as religious orders and their composers, such as A. Mazak, K. Pelikán or K. Rabovius, P. Roškovský or P. Bajan. Another strong common feature of the Visegrad countries is their strong musical tradition affecting already the Baroque composers of the region. “Hanácká opera on the Evil Brandenburg Soldier" or folk dances of the slovak Collection of Tunes, but also compositions by court composers called "alla pollaca“, “alla turca“ or “hungarica“ evidence the importance of local traditions and the longing of the over-sophisticated courtiers for naturalness.

We wish you a pleasant trip to the Visegrad past and the Moravian present.

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