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8 Ricercari, op. 51

per strumenti a percussione

By Miloslav Kabelac

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Per strumenti a percussione. Composed by Miloslav Kabelac (1908-1971). Edited by Zdenek Nouza. Miloslav Kabelac. Complete Critical Edition IV/11. Classical. Performance score. With Publication language: Czech/German/English. Opus 51. Editio Baerenreiter Praha #H07994. Published by Editio Baerenreiter Praha (PA.H07994).

Item Number: PA.H07994

ISBN 9790260104426. 42 x 29.5 cm inches.

The Barenreiter Praha publishing house has been putting together its Complete Critical Edition of Works by Miloslav Kabelac (1908 - 1979) since 1999. To mark the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth, two titles have been published, now established repertoire works both in the Czech Republic and chiefly abroad, which will complete the 4th series of the critical edition - Eight Inventions for Percussion Instruments and Otto ricercari for percussion instruments.

After the phenomenal success of the cycle Eight Inventions for percussion instruments Op. 45, Kabelae embarked upon another cycle at the request of the ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg - Eight ricercari (written in the years 1966-1967, with minor revisions from 1971). In this case, Kabelac did not merely aim for a continuation of the previous cycle - he wanted to create a work of a different character, a new and distinctive composition; nor would he allow himself any repetition (in fact, each of Kabelac's symphonies is written for a different set of instruments). In Ricercari Kabelac chiefly makes use of the specific qualities that percussion instruments offer the composer. Ricercari was written for one to six players and again employs Kabelac's new proportional notation.

The autograph of the work is kept at the Czech Museum of Music in Prague. A copy of the piece was made privately during the composer's lifetime which was itself duplicated to provide scores for all the ensembles who included this work in their repertoire. The current edition of the score, in practice also used for performance purposes, is therefore the first ever printed edition and corresponds both to the autograph and the meticulous copy made at the time and corrected by the composer. The publication includes a short study by editor Z. Nouza (Cz./Eng./Ger.).

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