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Le Jazz

Le Jazz

Satz für Orchester und 3 Singstimmen (ABarB)


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: vocalise

 
Description
Alongside the Jazz Suite and many of his ballet compositions, the humorous orchestral piece Le Jazz is an example of Bohuslav Martinů’s preoccupation with American light music, which he encountered during his time in Paris between 1923 and 1940 and which inspired him to experiment with his own compositions within this field. Martinů wrote Le Jazz in friendly competition as his own version of the popular jazz pieces composed by his compatriot, Jaroslav Ježek, who was then studying in Paris.

The continuously repeated syncopated melody is ornamented in jazz style with the banjo accompaniment providing rhythmic drive and a flavour of the southern states. The sudden entry of singers performing a jazz vocalise is a cheeky surprise element.

Le Jazz remained unperformed for 34 years until its first radio performance broadcast from Brno in 1962. Since then, the work has found its place in the concert repertoire and continues to be enthusiastically received by both audiences and performers.
Details
Catalogue of works: H 168
Performance duration: 5'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Panton
Uraufführung : ca. 1962 Brno, Rundfunk (CZ)
Year of composition: 1928
instrumentation: 1 · 0 · 2 · 2 Altsax. · Tenorsax. · 0 - 0 · 2 · 2 · 0 - P. S. (Beck. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Legno) (2 Spieler) - Banjo · Klav. - Str. - 3 Singstimmen (ABarB) ohne Text
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Martin André
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica
2019-06-22 | Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal), Arrábida Schopping — 22:00
Conductor: Alexander Humala
Orchestra: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice)
2017-11-05 | Katowice (Poland), Sala Koncertowa — 12:00
Conductor: Jan Kučera
Orchestra: Symfonický orchestr hl. m. Prahy FOK (Prague Symphony Orchestra)
2017-07-02 | Litomyšl (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Stephen Pettitt
Orchestra: New Tyneside Orchestra
2016-11-26 | Newcastle (United Kingdom), Royal Grammar School, Jesmond — 19:30
Conductor: Adam Flatt
Orchestra: Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
2013-04-26 | Denver, CO (United States of America), KPOF Hall
Conductor: Heike Kiefner-Jesatko
Orchestra: Orchester der PH Heidelberg
2011-02-11 | Heidelberg (Germany), Pädagogische Hochschule
Conductor: David Ogden Stiers
Orchestra: Newport Symphony Orchestra
2010-04-25 | Newport, OR (United States of America), Performing Arts C enter
Conductor: David Ogden Stiers
Orchestra: Newport Symphony Orchestra
2010-04-24 | Newport, OR (United States of America), Performing Arts C enter
Conductor: Milos Krejci
Orchestra: Europera Jugendorchester
2009-10-25 | Zittau (Germany), Johanniskirche
Conductor: Milos Krejci
Orchestra: Europera Jugendorchester
2009-10-24 | Dresden (Germany), Kulturpalast
Conductor: Milos Krejci
Orchestra: Europera Jugendorchester
2009-10-23 | Zwickau (Germany), Neue Welt
Conductor: Simone Young
Orchestra: Philharmoniker Hamburg
2009-07-04 | Hamburg (Germany), Laeiszhalle (Großer Saal)
Conductor: Björn Vielhaber
2009-04-26 | Welzheim (Germany), Festhalle
Conductor: Björn Vielhaber
2009-04-25 | Gaildorf (Germany), Limpurghalle
Conductor: Björn Vielhaber
2009-04-19 | Murrhardt (Germany), Ev. Stadtkirche
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: North Czech Philharmonic Teplice
2009-03-19 | Teplice (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Milos Alexandr Machek
Orchestra: Moravská filharmonie Olomouc
2008-10-02 | Olomouc (Czech Republic), Philharmonic
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-02-21 | Zlín (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-02-20 | Zlín (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové
2008-01-16 | Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), Philharmonic Hall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Sebastian Hernandez-Laverny
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2007-10-04 | Mainz (Germany), Staatstheater, Großes Haus — 19.00 Uhr - Konzert für junge Leute
Conductor: Sebastian Hernandez-Laverny
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2007-10-02 | Mainz (Germany), Staatstheater, Großes Haus — 19.00 Uhr - Konzert für junge Leute
Conductor: Johannes Knapp
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
2006-12-05 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 11.00 & 19.00 Uhr - Jugendkonzerte
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Filharmonie Brno
2006-12-01 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum — 19.30 h
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Filharmonie Brno
2006-11-30 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum — 19.30 h
1962-01-01 | Brno (Czech Republic), Rundfunk | World Premiere
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Alongside the Jazz Suite and many of his ballet compositions, the humorous orchestral piece Le Jazz is an example of Bohuslav Martinů’s preoccupation with American light music, which he encountered during his time in Paris between 1923 and 1940 and which inspired him to experiment with his own compositions within this field. Martinů wrote Le Jazz in friendly competition as his own version of the popular jazz pieces composed by his compatriot, Jaroslav Ježek, who was then studying in Paris.

The continuously repeated syncopated melody is ornamented in jazz style with the banjo accompaniment providing rhythmic drive and a flavour of the southern states. The sudden entry of singers performing a jazz vocalise is a cheeky surprise element.

Le Jazz remained unperformed for 34 years until its first radio performance broadcast from Brno in 1962. Since then, the work has found its place in the concert repertoire and continues to be enthusiastically received by both audiences and performers.
Catalogue of works: H 168
Performance duration: 5'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Panton
Uraufführung : ca. 1962 Brno, Rundfunk (CZ)
Year of composition: 1928
instrumentation: 1 · 0 · 2 · 2 Altsax. · Tenorsax. · 0 - 0 · 2 · 2 · 0 - P. S. (Beck. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Legno) (2 Spieler) - Banjo · Klav. - Str. - 3 Singstimmen (ABarB) ohne Text
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Martin André
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica
2019-06-22 | Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal), Arrábida Schopping — 22:00
Conductor: Alexander Humala
Orchestra: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice)
2017-11-05 | Katowice (Poland), Sala Koncertowa — 12:00
Conductor: Jan Kučera
Orchestra: Symfonický orchestr hl. m. Prahy FOK (Prague Symphony Orchestra)
2017-07-02 | Litomyšl (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Stephen Pettitt
Orchestra: New Tyneside Orchestra
2016-11-26 | Newcastle (United Kingdom), Royal Grammar School, Jesmond — 19:30
Conductor: Adam Flatt
Orchestra: Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
2013-04-26 | Denver, CO (United States of America), KPOF Hall
Conductor: Heike Kiefner-Jesatko
Orchestra: Orchester der PH Heidelberg
2011-02-11 | Heidelberg (Germany), Pädagogische Hochschule
Conductor: David Ogden Stiers
Orchestra: Newport Symphony Orchestra
2010-04-25 | Newport, OR (United States of America), Performing Arts C enter
Conductor: David Ogden Stiers
Orchestra: Newport Symphony Orchestra
2010-04-24 | Newport, OR (United States of America), Performing Arts C enter
Conductor: Milos Krejci
Orchestra: Europera Jugendorchester
2009-10-25 | Zittau (Germany), Johanniskirche
Conductor: Milos Krejci
Orchestra: Europera Jugendorchester
2009-10-24 | Dresden (Germany), Kulturpalast
Conductor: Milos Krejci
Orchestra: Europera Jugendorchester
2009-10-23 | Zwickau (Germany), Neue Welt
Conductor: Simone Young
Orchestra: Philharmoniker Hamburg
2009-07-04 | Hamburg (Germany), Laeiszhalle (Großer Saal)
Conductor: Björn Vielhaber
2009-04-26 | Welzheim (Germany), Festhalle
Conductor: Björn Vielhaber
2009-04-25 | Gaildorf (Germany), Limpurghalle
Conductor: Björn Vielhaber
2009-04-19 | Murrhardt (Germany), Ev. Stadtkirche
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: North Czech Philharmonic Teplice
2009-03-19 | Teplice (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Milos Alexandr Machek
Orchestra: Moravská filharmonie Olomouc
2008-10-02 | Olomouc (Czech Republic), Philharmonic
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-02-21 | Zlín (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-02-20 | Zlín (Czech Republic)
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové
2008-01-16 | Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), Philharmonic Hall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Sebastian Hernandez-Laverny
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2007-10-04 | Mainz (Germany), Staatstheater, Großes Haus — 19.00 Uhr - Konzert für junge Leute
Conductor: Sebastian Hernandez-Laverny
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2007-10-02 | Mainz (Germany), Staatstheater, Großes Haus — 19.00 Uhr - Konzert für junge Leute
Conductor: Johannes Knapp
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
2006-12-05 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 11.00 & 19.00 Uhr - Jugendkonzerte
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Filharmonie Brno
2006-12-01 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum — 19.30 h
Conductor: Milos Machek
Orchestra: Filharmonie Brno
2006-11-30 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besedni dum — 19.30 h
1962-01-01 | Brno (Czech Republic), Rundfunk | World Premiere