Opening by the Rector of Masaryk University Martin Bareš: launch of the second year of the Masaryk Days.
First interview of Vice-Rector Jiří Hanuš, on the personality of T. G. Masaryk: with Prof. Michal Stehlík, historian and Slovak studies expert of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague and Deputy of the General Director of the National Museum in Prague.
A Pen for the President: a MUNI TV report about the golden Masaryk’s pen from University Centre Telč
Martin Flašar on the composer Jan Novák: 8 April will mark 100 years since the birth of the excellent composer Jan Novák, a pupil – the only Czech one besides Vítězslava Kaprálová – and later family friend of Bohuslav Martinů. Jan Novák’s oeuvre is exceptional both in how it draws on Ancient poetry and in its irresistible fusion of the traditions of Czech and Moravian music with jazz and the principles of New Music. Novák’s incredibly powerful string quartet Quadricinium fidium (1977) builds on the chamber works of Leoš Janáček, Antonín Dvořák, and Bedřich Smetana. The composer’s life and work will be explored in Martin Flašar’s interview with Blanka Křížová near Jan Novák’s erstwhile villa on the shore of the Brno Reservoir.
Concert, subtitled T. G. Masaryk and Music prepared for the Masaryk Days by the Indigo Quartet: the programme consists of Jan Novák’s string quartet Quadricinium fidium and Martin Flašar’s variations on folk song themes.
- The Glimpses of Memory(dedicated to TGM, Martin Flašar).
- Fickleness (a variation on the folk song Ej, lásko lásko, Martin Flašar).
- Inevitability (a variation on the folk song Mamko, mamko, maměnko moja, Martin Flašar).
- Quadricinium fidium (Jan Novák).