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Suite for Oboe and Piano Op.17

Pavel Haas (b. 1899 - d. 1944)

Katya Apekisheva (photo credit: Jack Liebeck)

Katya Apekisheva (photo credit: Jack Liebeck)

Composer
Pavel Haas (b. 1899 - d. 1944)
Composition Year
1939
Work Movements
1. Furioso
2. Con fuoco
3. Moderato
Artists
Katya Apekisheva [piano], Charlotte Riedijk [soprano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Pavel Haas was in Terezin from December 1941 until he was transported to Auschwitz in October 1944. While in Terezin he wrote at least eight works, three of which survived. Due to a drastic shortage of manuscript paper, most Terezin compositions were learnt by heart,

The Oboe Suite was written in the dark days of Czechoslovakia’s long nightmare that began with the craven Munich Agreement in 1938 followed by the complete Nazi occupation in March 1939. Haas made several unsuccessful efforts to leave the country but he did succeed in protecting his family by divorcing his wife, who along with his daughter survived the War. In these bitter times, fearing but not yet knowing the worst, the composer tries to balance his desperation with hope. The opening Furioso lives up to its name, an opening subject that is a cry of protest and pain is contrasted with a melody that seems momentarily to sing of hope but fades into uncertainty. The fiery second movement strides out boldly and indeed as if to confirm this boldness, he quotes the Hussite hymn Ye who are God’s warriors,a symbol of Czech militancy ever since Smetana’s Má Vlast. And he reinforces this in the final movement by quoting the tenth-century Saint Wenceslas chorale, used several times in the twentieth century to symbolise the Czech people when ever danger threatened. At the end Haas transforms his music into a sung lament of devastating power and beauty. 

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Suite for Oboe and Piano Op.17

Composer: Pavel Haas (b. 1899 - d. 1944)
Performance date: Tuesday 29th June 2010
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Pavel Haas (b. 1899 - d. 1944)
Work Title Suite for Oboe and Piano Op.17
Composition Year 1939
Work Movements 1. Furioso
2. Con fuoco
3. Moderato
Artist(s) Katya Apekisheva [piano], Charlotte Riedijk [soprano]
Performance Date Tuesday 29th June 2010
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:17:24
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Duo
Instrumentation S-solo, pf
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Pavel Haas was in Terezin from December 1941 until he was transported to Auschwitz in October 1944. While in Terezin he wrote at least eight works, three of which survived. Due to a drastic shortage of manuscript paper, most Terezin compositions were learnt by heart,

The Oboe Suite was written in the dark days of Czechoslovakia’s long nightmare that began with the craven Munich Agreement in 1938 followed by the complete Nazi occupation in March 1939. Haas made several unsuccessful efforts to leave the country but he did succeed in protecting his family by divorcing his wife, who along with his daughter survived the War. In these bitter times, fearing but not yet knowing the worst, the composer tries to balance his desperation with hope. The opening Furioso lives up to its name, an opening subject that is a cry of protest and pain is contrasted with a melody that seems momentarily to sing of hope but fades into uncertainty. The fiery second movement strides out boldly and indeed as if to confirm this boldness, he quotes the Hussite hymn Ye who are God’s warriors,a symbol of Czech militancy ever since Smetana’s Má Vlast. And he reinforces this in the final movement by quoting the tenth-century Saint Wenceslas chorale, used several times in the twentieth century to symbolise the Czech people when ever danger threatened. At the end Haas transforms his music into a sung lament of devastating power and beauty.