Slavomír Hořínka: Rejoice!

Premiere: 4th March 2020, St. Agnes Convent

Barbora Kabátková – soprano, Daniela Čermáková – alto, Tomáš Lajtkep – tenor, Štěpán Janoušek – trombone

The composition is based on a fragment of a letter written in the 13th century by St Clare of Assisi to St Agnes of Bohemia. The siren is not the only equal partner to the ensemble: there are also the acoustics of the space and the walls of the Convent of St Agnes, which transform the sounds of the siren by absorbing it. Not only does the space, with its long reverberation time, co-create the harmonic structure of the piece, but the singers move around the space during the course of the piece, completing the sonic result.

Slavomír Hořínka (*1980) studied violin at the Pardubice Conservatory and then composition at HAMU. In addition to the Berg Orchestra, his music has been performed by the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, MoEns Ensemble, the Bennewitz Quartet, and other Czech and international ensembles. He has also collaborated with leading soloists including Sophia Jaffé, Barbora Sojková, Tomáš Král, Tomáš Jamník, and others. He lives in Prague with his wife and four children. He has been a professor at the composition department at HAMU since 2006. He also leads non-traditional compositional workshops for children.