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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: Organ Music, Vol. 1 – Job
CDA67194
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 2 – Faust
CDA67195
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 3
CDA67196
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 4
CDA67197
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 5
CDA67198
Martinů, Eben & Smetana: Piano Trios
CDA67730
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12
CDA67612
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 8
CDA66978Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Smetana, Martinů & Eben: Piano Trios
CDA67730

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Festive Voluntary 'Variations on Good King Wenceslas' (Eben)
Acceptance of suffering  
Campanae gloriosae (Eben)
Chorale Fantasy 'Amen, es werde wahr' (Eben)
Da Christus geboren war  
Despair and resignation  
Destiny  
Die Nacht ist kommen  
Due preludi festivi per organo (Eben)
Easter choirs  
Epilogue  
Es geht daher des Tages Schein  
Es sind doch selig alle, die  
Faith  
Faust (Eben)
Festivo I  
Festivo II  
Four Biblical Dances (Eben)
Gloria 'Prelude 2' (Eben)
God's reward  
Gretchen  
Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein  
Hommage à Buxtehude (Eben)
Hommage à Henry Purcell (Eben)
Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn  
Jesu Kreuz, Leiden und Pein  
Job (Eben)
Kleine Choralpartita über O Jesu, all mein Leben bist du (Eben)
Landscapes of Patmos (Eben)
Laudes (Eben)
Lob Gott getrost mit singen  
Longing for death  
Momenti d'organo (Eben)
Moto Ostinato  
Mutationes for one or two organs (Eben)
Mysterium  
Mystery of Creation  
Okna 'Windows' (Eben)
Penitence and realization  
Piano Trio (Eben)
Prelude 1 (Eben)
Prologue  
Protestant Chorales (Eben)
Requiem  
Song of the beggar with the hurdy-gurdy  
Sonne der Gerechtigkeit  
Student songs  
Sunday Music (Eben)
Ten Chorale Preludes (Eben)
The dance of David before the Ark of the Covenant  
The dance of Jephtha's daughter  
The dance of the Shulamite  
The wedding in Cana  
Triptychon (Eben)
Two Chorale Fantasies (Eben)
Versetti (Eben)
Walpurgis night  
Wohlauf, die ihr hungrig seid  
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