Michael Pospíšil (Czech Republic)

Valtice Baroque composers

In 1981-1986 he studied at the Prague Conservatory with J.Horacek and then privately with Terezie Blumova. He also participated in the masterclasses of Holger Eichhorn, Marius van Altena, Stephen Stubbs and others. Since 1986 he has been active in the field of early music in many ways. As a singer and instrumentalist, he took part in numerous projects, concerts and recordings (more than 50) with the ensembles Musica Antiqua Praha; Capella Regia Musicalis; Collegium Quodlibet (Jiri Stivin); Schola Gregoriana Pragensis; Musica Florea; Choeur Gregorien de Paris; Linnamuusikuud (Tallinn); Fiori Musicali (Krakow); Bornus Consort (Warsaw); Musicalishe Compagney (Berlin); Tolzer Knabenchor; Le Monde Classique (Vienna) and Musica Aeterna (Bratislava). In 1993 he founded his own ensemble Ritornello and since 1996 he has been leading the ensemble Prague Chamber Singers. An important part of his work is intensive research of original sources, reconstruction of old manuscripts and related editorial work (Sonatas of Kromeriz, Valerius Otto’s Dances, Michna’s Czech Lute, songs from Czech Hymnals). He has collaborated with the puppet Theatre Tineola (http://tineola.hyperlinx.cz), and been involved in early music workshops.

With Ritornello he has focused on recording of neglected musical treasures of the Czech Baroque. So far, he has produced four CDs with Arta Records: “Loutna ceska - Czech Lute” (1996), “Masopust juz nastal! – Carnival Songs” (1998), “Jesličky, staré nové pisničky – Christmas Creche Songs” (2000), “Vzhuru na Ptáky – Hunting Songs” (2001), “Missa Super...” – Michna’s Christmas Mass circa 1650.

About the class:

This year, we shall dedicate our work to the Valtice-born composers and their colleagues. Two main subjects are to be:

A) Baroque Vespers, dedicated to Crha and Strachota. We shall celebrate the 1150th anniversary of Sts. Cyril and Method’s arrival to Moravia by music by the Valtice-born Georg Arnold, whose works were published 350 years ago (1663)
B) Christmas music – or: the first Harmonia Pastoralis rehearsal. P. Jura
Zrunek was born in South Moravia, studied at the Piarist school in Kroměříž (Kremsier) and took his music with himself to Slovakia. This summer, we shall work on one of his Christmas Masses. Why ever not? It is an interesting “lego” composition, in Franciscan style, ideal for a music workshop. By Christmas, you may find that early rehearsals are of a great advantage!:-)
I will bring the compositions to be studied in my own editions. Anything else is welcome, but only outside the time we will dedicate to the repertoire I have chosen myself.

Pitch: a1=440 Hz.

Maximum number of students: Vocal and instrumental class, no number of members or age limits.

Teaching languages: Czech, German, English, Italian – and, above all, music

aktivní účastníci / active participants

  1. Anna Kindlová
  2. Mara Gerety
  3. Barbora Jonášová
  4. Hana Kopecká
  5. Věra Párysová
  6. Zdeňka Pimková
  7. Andrea Primusová
(c) Společnost pro starou hudbu (ČR) – webmaster: Martin Šmíd (martinsmid(zavináč)volny.cz)