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Petr  Eben

Born: January 22nd, 1929
Died: October 24th, 2007
Country of origin: Czech Republic

Petr Eben was counted among the best known Czech composers. He spent his childhood in Česky Krumlov where he also studied piano, violoncello and organ. After hard years of occupation he entered the Prague Academy of Music to study piano and composition. In 1955-90 Eben was teaching at the department of musical science at CharlesUniversity before being designated professor of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts. 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. However Eben’s core activity was composing.

His work includes all genres: the opera Jeremias, das Ballett Curses and Blessings (written for Holland-Festival 1983), the oratorio Apologia Socratus, the concert symphony Night Hours (written for Leipzig), Prague Nocturne (for the Vienna Philharmonic), the Second Organ Concerto (on the occasion of opening of the new organ for Radio Vienna) Missa cum populo (for the Avignon Festival), the oratorio Sacred Signs (for the Salzburg Cathedral), the oratorio Anno domini (for Paderborn) and Cusanus-Meditationen (for Mainz and Brixen).

Petr Eben has been awarded many international prizes for his song, chorus and organ series (the 1990 award for the piano cycle ‘Job’). Among his honors are the Order ‘Chevalier de lorde des Arts et des Lettres’ from the French Minister for Culture, nomination as Professor h.c. of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Stamitz Prize of the German Künstlergilde, a doctor’s degree h.c. from Charles University, the St. Constantin and Metod Prize from the Bishops’ Conference, the Kunst and Kulturpreis of the German Bishops’ Conference in Mainz, and an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal College of Organists.

Many of his compositions have been published and recorded on CD.

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  1. Gloria

    Gloria

    Zum 65. Geburtstag von Karl Kardinal Lehmann, Bischof von Mainz
    Download Edition
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED0 9777
    €3.99
  2. Duetina

    Duetina

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    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: soprano-instrument (recorder, piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin or trumpet) and piano
    Order No.: P 326
    €11.99
  3. Unkind Songs

    Unkind Songs

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    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: alto and viola (piano)
    Language: German - Czech
    Order No.: P 414
    €10.99
  4. Lasst uns preisen

    Lasst uns preisen

    Chorale fantasia
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    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 20714
    €11.99
  5. Prague Te Deum 1989

    Prague Te Deum 1989

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    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: Mixed Choir (SATB) with Organ or 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones; Timpani and Percussion ad lib.
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: ED 7840-01
    €3.99
  6. Medicamina sempiterna - Ewige Kosmetik

    Medicamina sempiterna - Ewige Kosmetik

    (Publius Ovidius Naso)
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: female choir (SMezA)
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin - German
    Order No.: C 47087
    €5.50
  7. Eine Mozart-Geschichte

    Eine Mozart-Geschichte

    "Herr Mozart war ein toller Kerl"
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: female choir or children's choir (SSAA)
    Edition: choral score
    Order No.: C 48755
    €3.80
  8. Image of Hope

    Image of Hope

    "Leuchtende Erde und schimmernde Meere"
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella or with organ
    Edition: choral score
    Language: German
    Order No.: C 49481
    €3.80
  9. Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude

    Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude

    Toccata Fugue
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 7543
    €17.50
  10. Letters to Milena

    Letters to Milena

    5 piano pieces inspired by Franz Kafka letters
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 8125
    €18.50

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Petr Eben was counted among the best known Czech composers. He spent his childhood in Česky Krumlov where he also studied piano, violoncello and organ. After hard years of occupation he entered the Prague Academy of Music to study piano and composition. In 1955-90 Eben was teaching at the department of musical science at CharlesUniversity before being designated professor of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts. 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. However Eben’s core activity was composing.

His work includes all genres: the opera Jeremias, das Ballett Curses and Blessings (written for Holland-Festival 1983), the oratorio Apologia Socratus, the concert symphony Night Hours (written for Leipzig), Prague Nocturne (for the Vienna Philharmonic), the Second Organ Concerto (on the occasion of opening of the new organ for Radio Vienna) Missa cum populo (for the Avignon Festival), the oratorio Sacred Signs (for the Salzburg Cathedral), the oratorio Anno domini (for Paderborn) and Cusanus-Meditationen (for Mainz and Brixen).

Petr Eben has been awarded many international prizes for his song, chorus and organ series (the 1990 award for the piano cycle ‘Job’). Among his honors are the Order ‘Chevalier de lorde des Arts et des Lettres’ from the French Minister for Culture, nomination as Professor h.c. of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Stamitz Prize of the German Künstlergilde, a doctor’s degree h.c. from Charles University, the St. Constantin and Metod Prize from the Bishops’ Conference, the Kunst and Kulturpreis of the German Bishops’ Conference in Mainz, and an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal College of Organists.

Many of his compositions have been published and recorded on CD.

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Products

per page
  1. Gloria

    Gloria

    Zum 65. Geburtstag von Karl Kardinal Lehmann, Bischof von Mainz
    Download Edition
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED0 9777
    €3.99
  2. Duetina

    Duetina

    Download Edition
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: soprano-instrument (recorder, piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin or trumpet) and piano
    Order No.: P 326
    €11.99
  3. Unkind Songs

    Unkind Songs

    Download Edition
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: alto and viola (piano)
    Language: German - Czech
    Order No.: P 414
    €10.99
  4. Lasst uns preisen

    Lasst uns preisen

    Chorale fantasia
    Download Edition
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 20714
    €11.99
  5. Prague Te Deum 1989

    Prague Te Deum 1989

    Download Edition
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: Mixed Choir (SATB) with Organ or 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones; Timpani and Percussion ad lib.
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: ED 7840-01
    €3.99
  6. Medicamina sempiterna - Ewige Kosmetik

    Medicamina sempiterna - Ewige Kosmetik

    (Publius Ovidius Naso)
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: female choir (SMezA)
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin - German
    Order No.: C 47087
    €5.50
  7. Eine Mozart-Geschichte

    Eine Mozart-Geschichte

    "Herr Mozart war ein toller Kerl"
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: female choir or children's choir (SSAA)
    Edition: choral score
    Order No.: C 48755
    €3.80
  8. Image of Hope

    Image of Hope

    "Leuchtende Erde und schimmernde Meere"
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella or with organ
    Edition: choral score
    Language: German
    Order No.: C 49481
    €3.80
  9. Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude

    Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude

    Toccata Fugue
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 7543
    €17.50
  10. Letters to Milena

    Letters to Milena

    5 piano pieces inspired by Franz Kafka letters
    Composer: Eben, Petr
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 8125
    €18.50

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