"Okna (Windows) - II. Isachar, the green window" - Autograph Musical Quotation
Unsigned AMQ from the Czech composer, who has penned six measures for trumpet and organ from "Isachar, the green window," the second of four movements in his "Okna (Windows)" cycle. In very fine condition. 8.25 x 7.5 inches (21 x 19 cm.).
"Of the considerable repertoire for trumpet and organ, Eben’s Okna (‘Windows’) remains the leading work of the twentieth century, finding a regular place in recital programmes. Petr Eben says that the listener may take the title to represent windows as the source of light. However, for him this cycle has deeper significance, from the impact on him of seeing pictures of Marc Chagall’s stained-glass windows, each of which has its composition dominated by a particular colour. He chose four of the twelve windows, representing the twelve tribes of Israel (Ruben, Issachar, Zebulon and Levi), which are in the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem, although it was not until some years later that he was able to go to see the windows at first hand for himself. In expressing the powerful spirituality of these windows, Eben chose to intensify their effect in sound by adding the brightness of a ‘real’ trumpet to the many colours available from the organ...The Green Window is pastoral in contrast, with the donkey (with the human expression so typical of Chagall’s animals) in the meadow, rich in flowers and vines." (Hyperion)
"Petr Eben was counted among the best known Czech composers....Apart from his concert activities he was a celebrated improviser on both piano and organ. He has given concerts abroad in Paris (Notre Dame), London (Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral), as well as at the festivals of Melbourne, Edinburgh, Vienna, Ossiach, Berlin and the USA." (Schott)
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