Jirásek, Jan

Ad unum • [1988]
for organ
Org.
World Premiere: Olomouc, Juni 1991
Duration: 13’
Sy. 3826 // *Partitur

Again • [1989]
for clarinet
Kl.
World Premiere: Prague, Feb. 1989
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3793 // *Partitur

Bitte an das Publikum / We ask the audience / Zádáme publikum

for mixed choir
Jan Jirásek
Chor SATB
Sy. 4246 // Chor-P.

Bread and Circuses • [1992]
for six percussionists
6 Schlzg.
World Premiere: München, Duration: 14’
Sy. 3790 // *Partitur / Sti.

Dilemma • [1987]
for violoncello
Vc.
Duration: 11’
Sy. 4261 // Partitur

Dilemma • [1987]
for viola
Vla.
Duration: 11’
Sy. 4262 // Partitur

Eccentric Prayer • [2007]
For flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano
Fl. Kl. Vl. Vc. Klav.
World Premiere: Memphis (Tenn.), 22.6.2007
Duration: 13’
Sy. 3795 // Partitur / Sti.

Encountering an Illusion (Suite 2)
[Filmmusik The Countess / Hrabenky]
SATB or boys’ choir, piano, percussion, flute ad libitum
World Premiere: New York, 17.9.2011
Duration: 10’
Sy. 4248

Encountering an Illusion. Suite No. 1

Soundtrack  „The Countess [Hrabenky]”
for orchestra
2 (Picc. Afl). 2 (Eh). 2 (Bkl). 1. / 3. 3. 3. 1. / Pk. Schlzg. Klav. Hf. / Str.
Duration: 18’
Sy. 4247 // Partitur / Sti.

Fragile Balance • [2012]
for string quartet
2 Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: Atlanta, 9.11.2012
Duration: 23’
Sy. 4277 // Partitur

Introduction and Etude
for two pianos
2 Klav.
World Premiere: Colorado Springs, Juli 2002
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3797 // Partitur

Katharsis • [1990]
For flute, violin, violoncello and cembalo
Fl. Vl. Vc. Cem.
World Premiere: Prag, Sept. 1990
Duration: 11’
Sy. 3792 // Partitur

Král Lávra (König Lávra/King Lávra)
For mixed choir or children’s choir, piano and percussion
according to Karel Havlícek Borovský
Sy. 4279 // Partitur / Sti.

Missa propria • [1995]
For mixed choir or boys‘ choir
1. Kyrie eleison; 2. Gloria. Miserere. Gloria; 3. Credo. Agnus Dei
Chor SATB od. Knabenchor
see also version for womens‘ choir or children‘s choir
World Premiere: Prague, Mai 1994
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3825
*Chor-P.

Missa propria • [1995]
for womens‘ choir or children‘s choir
1. Kyrie eleison; 2. Gloria. Miserere. Gloria; 3. Credo. Agnus Dei
Chor SA od. Kinderchor
see also version for mixed choir or boys‘ choir  
World Premiere: Colorado Springs, Juli 2006
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3827 // Chor-P.

Mondi paralleli • [1999]
for mixed choir or boys‘ choir  
1. Miserere; 2. Benedictus. Baruch Haba; 3. Agnus Dei. Wheresoever you look...; 4. Sanctus; 5. Miserere. Avinu malkenu; 6. Te Deum laudamus. OM AH HUM; 7. Dona nobis pacem. ...is the face of God
Choir SATB or children’s choir
Duration: 19’
Sy. 3794 // Partitur / Chor-P./ *Stud.-P.

Mondi paralleli • [1999]
for women’s choir or children’s choir
1. Miserere; 2. Benedictus. Baruch Haba; 3. Agnus Dei. Wheresoever you look...; 4. Sanctus; 5. Miserere. Avinu malkenu; 6. Te Deum laudamus. OM AH HUM; 7. Dona nobis pacem. ...is the face of God
Choir SA or children’s choir
Duration: 19’
Sy. 4069 // Partitur / Chor-P.

Muses and Tempters (Renaissance Regained)
• [2008]
for orchestra
1. A Happy Dance I; 2. Gavotte; 3. The Tempter; 4. Bathory Dance; 5. The Psalm; 6. Pavane; 7. Letter from Buda - Plunder in Cachtice; 8. Nadasdy Dance; 9. Darvulia; 10. A Happy Dance II
2 (2 Picc. Afl). 2 (Eh). 2. 2 (Kfg). / 2. 1. 0. 0. / Klav. Cem (od. Hf). Pk. 2 Schlzg. / Str.
World Premiere: Portland, 24.10.2009
Duration: 18’
Sy. 3844 // *Partitur / Sti.

O chlapci, ktery se nestal cislem (Vom Jungen, der keine Nummer geworden ist)
• [2009/10]
opera in two acts
Libretto: Ivan Klima
Narrator (T.), Boy Thomas (Ks. od. T), Father (Bar), Mother (S), 1. Inquisitive drop (S), 2. Inquisitive drop (Ms), Unknown Woman (Ms), Dark Ruler (T), Commandant (B), Announcer (Bar. verst.), Railway Man (Bar), Corporal (T), Detainee (Ks. od. T), Porter (Bar), Fisherman (Bar)
Chor SATB / 2 (Picc). 1. 1 (Bkl). 0. / 3. 2. 1. 1. / Pk. Schlzg. Mar. Vib. Klav. Syn. / Str.
Duration: 0’
Sy. 3799 // Partitur / Kla. / Sti.

Si, vis amari, ama
for children’s- or womens‘ choir with piano and percussion ad libitum
Text: lat Sprichwörter; G. B. Shaw
Duration: 7’
Sy. 4249 // Partitur / Sti.

Soul mate
• [2011]
for piano
Klav.
Duration: 12’
Sy. 4185 // *Partitur

To Dance with the Universe • [2010]
Concerto for Organ and Small Orchestra
Org.
1. Picc. 1.1. BKl. 0. / 1. 0. 1. 1. / Cel. Hf. 2 Schlzg. Pk. / Str.
World Premiere: Olomouc, Duration: 17’
Sy. 4094 // Partitur / Sti.

„Vivat Comenius” – Musik zu einer Ausstellung
• [2006]
for choirs and orchestra
I. Kennmelodie; Der Sohn der Toleranz; Hoffnung; Der Trauernde; Neue Heimat; Der Weg des Lichts; Verlorene Hoffnung; Früchte der Enttäuschung; Der Friedensengel
Text: liturgischer Text
chidren’s choir. Choir SATB. / Blfl. Krummhorn. / 3. 1. 3. 0. / Psalterium. Cem. Org. Syn. / Glsp. Pk. Schlzg. / Vla da gamba. Str.
World Premiere: Naarden, Nov. 2006
Duration: 27’
Sy. 3908 // Partitur / Sti.

Voice on Canvas
• [1997]
for soprano, violin and piano
Text: Anonymus, Lord Alfred Douglas, Hl. Franziskus von Assisi, T.M.Masaryk
S. Vl. Klav.
World Premiere: New York, Mai 1998
Duration: 5’
Sy. 3791 // Partitur

Voice on Canvas • [1997/2012]
song cycle for soprano and piano
1. My Voice (Oscar Wilde); 2. Fiorito (Ottavio Rinuccini); 3. The Harlot‘s House (Oscar Wilde); 4. Svítá; 5. Voice on Canvas (Anonymus, Lord Alfred Douglas, Hl. Franziskus von Assisi, T. G. Masaryk)
Text: Oscar Wilde; Ottavio Rinuccini; Oscar Wilde; anonym; anonym/Lord Alfred Douglas/Hl. Franziskus von Assisi/T. G. Masaryk
S. Klav.
Version for mezzo-soprano on demand
World Premiere: Karlovy Vary, Duration: 15’
Sy. 4278 // Partitur

World of Bosch – Town of Bosch – Work of Bosch
• [2007]
music for an exhibition
for children’s choir, mixed choir and orchestra
I. World of Bosch; II. Town of Bosch; III. Work of Bosch
Text: liturgischer Text (Kinderchor); Vokalise (gem. Chor)
Kinderchor, Chor SATB / 1. 1. 1. 1. / 3. 1. 3. 1. / Glsp. Pk. Schlzg. Syn. / Str.
World Premiere: s-Hertogenbosch, Feb. 2007
Duration: 21’
Sy. 3909 // Partitur / Sti.

„Yet It Still Goes Round...” • [1984]
for two synthesizer and orchestra
Org.
2nd version for organ and orchestra
World Premiere: Olomouc, Mai 1984
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3796 // Partitur / Sti.

Zoe
for cembalo solo
Cem.
Sy. 4076 // Partitur

*9.1.1955 Rychnov nad Knežnou / Czech Republic

1981–1985
Studied at the Janáček Academy of Musical Art in Brno (JAMU), composition with Prof.Zdeněk Zouhar as well as electro-acoustic, computer and electronic music and music theory

since 1990
Musical works internationally performed at the following festivals:
“Synthese 90” Festival in Bourges; “Elektronmusik Festival” Stockholm; “ler Colloque International des jeunes Compositeurs de Musique Electro-accoustique 1991,” UNESCO in Paris; Ars Electronica; Prague Spring Festival; Schleswig-Holstein Festival; “Czechoslovak Night” Munich 1990; Munich Bienale.
Won the Czech Musical Foundation Award for the composition “Labyrinth” (for flute, voice and electronics)

1992
Premiere of the composition “Bread and Circuses” (sextet for percussion) at the Munich Biennale Great Hall of the Philharmonic

1993
Theatrical performance “Tower of Babel” (dir. J. Krofta) with music by Jirásek premiered in Charlesville (France)

1994
Premiere of the “Missa propria” at the Prague Spring Festival (Spanish Hall, Prague Castle)

1994
Composer-In-Residence, 5 colleges/universities in the USA (Lehigh University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Lafayette College, State University of New York)

1994
Theatrical performance of “Don Quijote” (dir. J. Krofta) with music by Jirásek premiered in Adelaide (Australia)

1994
Theatrical performance of “Coco-Kaba” (dir. J. Krofta) with music by Jirásek premiered in Vancouver, WA

1995
The CD “Renaissance of Humanity” released by BMG Classics with music by Jan Jirásek, Arvo Pärt and Hildegard von Bingen
The CD “Renaissance of Humanity” (Jirásek, Pärt, von Bingen) was presented by BMG Classics as “CD of the Month” in Germany

1996
Premiere of the “St. Luke Passion” (recomposition of a piece according to the manuscript of J.S.Bach and concept of Carl Orff) in Gasteig Munich, by Munich Philharmonic on February 25, 1996 and recorded by Bavarian Radio, Munich (Commissioned by the Kulturkreis Gasteig e.V., Munich)
Wrote music for the film “An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World” (dir. Juraj Jakubisko) and won the “Czech Lion Award” for the best score

1996
Won Fulbright Fellowship and spent the academic year 1996-97 as a visiting professor of composition in USA (Hartt School of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder)

1997
The CD “Bread and Circuses” released by BMG Classics
Premiere of “Voice on Canvas” (for soprano, violin and piano based upon texts of an Anonymous, Lord Alfred Douglas, St. Francis of Assisi and T. G. Masaryk) and “Forgotten Metaphor” (violin and piano) Merkin Concert Hall, New York City
Awarded the prestigious film music prize “The Czech Lion” for movie “An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World” (dir. Juraj Jakubisko)
Taught at the Colorado College at Colorado Springs

1999
Two performances of the organ piece “Ad unum”, by Věra Heřmanová at the Prague Spring Festival (at the Prague Castle)

1999
Taught at the International Music Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest organized by Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna
Premiere of the movie “Melancholic Chicken” (dir. Jaroslav Brabec) with Jirásek’s music in Prague

1999
The CD “World Festival of Sacred Music Europe” with Jirásek’s piece “Kyrie” launched by His Holiness the Dalai-Lama in Germany

2000
The CD “St. Luke Passion” (Bach/Orff/Jirásek) released worldwide by Danish company Classico
United States premiere of “St. Luke Passion” in Ted Man Hall, Minneapolis, USA (Plymouth Music Series, conductor: Philip Brunelle)
Premiere of musical for children “Pinokio” with Jirásek’s music, in Prague (this performance is a combination of musical, opera, theatre and circus.)

2000
Premiere of movie “Kytice” (Wild Flowers) with Jirásek’s music, in Prague

2001
Invited to teach at the International Music Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest organized by Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna

2001
Awarded the prestigious film music prize “The Czech Lion” for the movie “Wild Flowers” (dir. F. A. Brabec)

Wrote a film score for Rajko Grlic’s movie the “Josephine”

2001
Wrote a film score for Jaroslav Brabec’s movie “Samota”(Solitude)

2002
Taught at the International Music Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest organized by Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna
Wrote music for the “Secrets and Beauties of the Czech Republic” exhibition

2003
composer-in-residence at the Colorado College at Colorado Springs

2003
Jan Jirásek was commissioned to write a piece for organ and tuba “Viribus unitis”for festival Voor de Wind in Amsterdam
Wrote a film score for Jaroslav Brabec’s movie “PF 77” This movie was awarded with the Czech TV prize ELSA
Taught at the Colorado College at Colorado Springs

2004
Taught a master-class at the Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA, his choral piece “Missa propria” was performed there

2004
Jirásek’s piece “Something Happened” was commissioned and premiered by the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Wrote a film score for F.A.Brabec’s movie “Bolero“

2005
Jirásek’s piece “Praga mystica” was performed by the Prague Symphony Orchestra and broadcasted to 15 European countries (EBU)
Jirásek’s pieces “Dilemma” (for cello) and “Castles in the Air” (for one percussionist were performed at the festival in Chico, California, USA

2006
Czech choir “Jitro” won the “World Choral Games” in Xiamen, China with Jan Jirásek’s piece “Te Deum laudamus”

2007
Scored music for the TV series HRABENKY (17 chapters, produced by the Czech TV Prague)

2008
Scored music for the international film BATHORY (dir. Juraj Jakubisko)
Signed a contract with the publishing house Ricordi/Universal, Munich, Germany.
Ricordi publishes all works by Jan Jirásek

2009
Wrote a film score for Jaroslav Brabec’s film “Post bellum” based on a screenplay by Vladimir Korner

2009
Finished a choral capella piece “Mondi paralleli” (The Parallel Worlds). This piece was recorded by the Czech Radio Prague and aired all over Europe

2010
Intimate Grammar – director Nir Bergman (music: Jan Jirásek and Ondrej Soukup) Intimate Grammar won the Haggiag Award for Best Full-Length Feature Film at the 27th Jerusalem Film Festival and won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix Award

2010
Jan Jirásek scored movies by Jiří Krejčík, Milan Cieslar, Jaroslav Brabec, Jiří Strach and other Czech film directors

2010
Jan Jirásek’s organ music has been performed in Ulmer Münster, Ulm Germany by a famous German organist Jürgen Essl

2011
Jan Jirásek’s music was widely performed – Sydney Opera (Australia) “Missa propria”, Avignon Festival, France (“Missa propria”), etc.
Jirásek’s piece “Encountering an Illusion” was premiered by the Khorikos Ensemble along with other Jirásek’s piece “Missa propria” in New York City, NY (St. Anthony of Padua Church in Manhattan, Sept. 17, 2011)

2012
Jan Jirásek’s organ concerto “Dance with the Universe” will be premiered in Portland, Oregon, USA (organ: J. Essl. Portland Chamber Orchestra, conductor: Yaacov Bergman)

2012
Vega String Quartet commissioned and premiered Jirásek’s piece “Fragile Balance/Letter to Heaven” in Atlanta

2012
Jan Jirásek scored a film by Jiri Strach “Vrasky z lasky” (Wrinkles out of Love)

2012
Jan Jirásek scored a film by Jiri Strach “Stastny smolar” (A Lucky Loser)

2013
April 2nd, Czech childrens choir Permonik performed Jan Jirásek’s piece “Missa propria” in the St.Patrick Cathedral in New York and in the Carnegie Hall, NYC

2013
May 11, Jirásek’s micro-opera “King Lavra” (for chorus, piano and percussion) was premiered by Khorikos in the Bohemian National Hall (Czech Center), NYC

2014
April 17, the ballet “Guru” will be premiered in the National Theatre in Prague (commissioned by the National Theatre in Prague)

2014
May 25, Jan Jirásek’s concert at the Prague Spring Festival

2014
June 26, St. Luke Passion by Bach/Orff/Jirásek will have its Czech premiere at the Smetanova
Litomyšl International Music Festival

2015
March 21, Jirásek’s opera R.U.R. will be premiered at the National Theatre in Prague

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