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Jan Klusák (b.1934): Inventions Nos. 1-10

Album Summary

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 1 for chamber orchestra
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 2 for chamber orchestra
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 3 for string instruments
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 4 for orchestra ("The Burrow")
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 5 for wind quintet ("A Game of Chess")
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 6 for nonet
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 7 for orchestra
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 8 for small orchestra ("Quadratura circuli")
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 9 for contralto, male chorus & orchestra ("In the Autumn")
>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 10 for orchestra ("Tetragrammaton sive Nomina Eius")
>Klusak, Jan : Perished Happiness, symphonic poem for orchestra
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

At home, the name of Jan Klusák (as an actor and composer) is most frequently connected with cult Czech films and the Jára Cimrman Theatre. Yet he is also the creator of remarkable and singular music. A pupil of Jaroslav Rídký and Pavel Borkovec, he was among the first Czechs - the Communist regime's resistance notwithstanding - to embrace the techniques of the Second Viennese School, New Music, dodecaphony and serialism. The presented set of "Inventions" shows the ground Klusák has covered over the more than half a century since the first of them was completed (1961). "I denominated my form using the term known from J. S. Bach - invention, always the term for the form with a single musical idea... Only considerably later did I notice that since my first compositional attempts I have sought a musical form with a single theme, hence my strong interest in the fugue. Invention granted me the experience of feeling happy with the origination of a super personal order. Roman Berger said the following unforgettable words about the Seventh Invention '...clouds racking on the sky...' I would consider myself fortunate indeed if clouds racking on the sky were left after me in the world." Jan Klusák's Inventions - half a century of spirited seeking of formal perfection.



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>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 1 for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1961

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 2 for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Kofron
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1962
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 3 for string instruments
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Prague Chamber Soloists
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1962

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 4 for orchestra ("The Burrow")
  • Conductor: Vaclav Jiracek
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 5 for wind quintet ("A Game of Chess")
  • Ensemble: Prague Wind Quintet
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 6 for nonet
  • Ensemble: Czech Nonet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 7 for orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 8 for small orchestra ("Quadratura circuli")
  • Conductor: Tomas Hanus
  • Running Time: 13 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 9 for contralto, male chorus & orchestra ("In the Autumn")
  • Performer: Jaroslava Maxova
  • Conductor: Tomas Hanus
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992-2012

>Klusak, Jan : Invention no 10 for orchestra ("Tetragrammaton sive Nomina Eius")
  • Conductor: Jiri Starek
  • Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Klusak, Jan : Perished Happiness, symphonic poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006-2011
  • Studio/Live: Live