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Eben, Petr (1929-2007)  

Petr Eben

born: 22 January 1929
died: 24 October 2007
country: Czechoslovakia

Petr Eben is one of the foremost composers from the Czech Republic. His reputation extends well beyond his native country and his works are frequently performed. He was born on 22 January 1929 at Zamberk and grew up in Cesky Krumlov in Southern Bohemia, where he learned to play both the piano and the organ. During the war he was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp, and once hostilities had ceased he began to study the piano and composition at the Prague Academy of Music. Since 1955 he has taught in the Department of Musical Theory at Charles University in Prague, and since 1990 has been a professor at the Academy. Although composing forms the central focus of his activity, he also gives many concerts - primarily performing his own works - and is much sought-after as an improviser on both the piano and the organ. In this capacity he performs at festivals throughout Europe, America and Australia. Despite his creative diversity, Petr Eben devotes himself to two particular areas of composition - choral and organ music. His works for the organ are among his most popular, including the four-movement cycle Sonntagsmusik, Laudes, Biblical Dances, Okna ('Windows') - after Marc Chagall - for trumpet and organ, two choral fantasies, Mutationes for two organs, Landscapes of Patmos, Hommage à Buxtehude, Hommage à Purcell for solo organ, and the two major cycles, Faust and Job.

Petr Eben was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of London's Royal College of Organists in 2000.

Albums
'Eben, Smetana & Martinů: Piano Trios' (CDA67730)
Eben, Smetana & Martinů: Piano Trios
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'Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 1 – Job' (CDA67194)
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 1 – Job
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'Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 2 – Faust' (CDA67195)
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 2 – Faust
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'Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 3' (CDA67196)
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 3
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'Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 4' (CDA67197)
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 4
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'Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 5' (CDA67198)
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 5
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'Martinů, Eben & Smetana: Piano Trios' (CDA67730)
Martinů, Eben & Smetana: Piano Trios
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12' (CDA67612)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 8' (CDA66978)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 8
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'Smetana, Martinů & Eben: Piano Trios' (CDA67730)
Smetana, Martinů & Eben: Piano Trios
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Festive Voluntary 'Variations on Good King Wenceslas' (Eben)
Acceptance of suffering  Movement 3 of Job (Eben)
Campanae gloriosae (Eben)
Chorale Fantasy 'Amen, es werde wahr' (Eben)
Da Christus geboren war  No 1 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Despair and resignation  Movement 5 of Job (Eben)
Destiny  Movement 1 of Job (Eben)
Die Nacht ist kommen  No 2 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Due preludi festivi per organo (Eben)
Easter choirs  Movement 4 of Faust (Eben)
Epilogue  Movement 9 of Faust (Eben)
Es geht daher des Tages Schein  No 3 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Es sind doch selig alle, die  No 4 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Faith  Movement 2 of Job (Eben)
Faust (Eben)
Festivo I  No 1 of Due preludi festivi per organo (Eben)
Festivo II  No 2 of Due preludi festivi per organo (Eben)
Four Biblical Dances (Eben)
Gloria 'Prelude 2' (Eben)
God's reward  Movement 8 of Job (Eben)
Gretchen  Movement 6 of Faust (Eben)
Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein  No 5 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Hommage à Buxtehude (Eben)
Hommage à Henry Purcell (Eben)
Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn  No 6 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Jesu Kreuz, Leiden und Pein  No 7 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Job (Eben)
Kleine Choralpartita über O Jesu, all mein Leben bist du (Eben)
Landscapes of Patmos (Eben)
Laudes (Eben)
Lob Gott getrost mit singen  No 8 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Longing for death  Movement 4 of Job (Eben)
Momenti d'organo (Eben)
Moto Ostinato  Movement 3 of Sunday Music (Eben)
Mutationes for one or two organs (Eben)
Mysterium  Movement 2 of Faust (Eben)
Mystery of Creation  Movement 6 of Job (Eben)
Okna 'Windows' (Eben)
Penitence and realization  Movement 7 of Job (Eben)
Piano Trio (Eben)
Prelude 1 (Eben)
Prologue  Movement 1 of Faust (Eben)
Protestant Chorales (Eben)
Requiem  Movement 7 of Faust (Eben)
Song of the beggar with the hurdy-gurdy  Movement 3 of Faust (Eben)
Sonne der Gerechtigkeit  No 9 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
Student songs  Movement 5 of Faust (Eben)
Sunday Music (Eben)
Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
The dance of David before the Ark of the Covenant  No 1 of Four Biblical Dances (Eben)
The dance of Jephtha's daughter  No 3 of Four Biblical Dances (Eben)
The dance of the Shulamite  No 2 of Four Biblical Dances (Eben)
The wedding in Cana  No 4 of Four Biblical Dances (Eben)
Triptychon (Eben)
Two Chorale Fantasies (Eben)
Versetti (Eben)
Walpurgis night  Movement 8 of Faust (Eben)
Wohlauf, die ihr hungrig seid  No 10 of Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
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