David Eben
Gregorian Chant & Early Polyphony


David  Eben (born on the 6th of January 1965 in Prague) He is a founder and an art director of the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble. After graduation from the clarinet studies at Prague’s conservatory in 1986, he took up musicology at Faculty of Arts of Charles University. Since the second form he specialized in medieval music, mainly in Gregorian chant. In 1991 he graduated from Paris conservatory (Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris), the program Conducting Gregorian Chant, and in the following year he worked as a conductor of the Choeur gregorien de Paris ensemble. Then he also often visited the Solesmes monastery, a centre of research into Gregorian chant, with the view of studying and consulting. Since 1993 he works at the Institute of Musicology of Charles University where he lectures on topics related to Gregorian chant and liturgy (neumatic and choral notation, introduction to Gregorian chant studies, seminar on medieval monody etc.). In September 2008 he became profesor of Gregorian Chant at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). He regularly tutors in summer courses on theory and practice of Gregorian chant in France (Academie internationale de Sees, Centre de musique polyphonique de Picardie Saint-Valery) and in Switzerland (Festival de Musique Sacre de Fribourg). On a long term basis he has been co-operating with the Czech Radio in creating programs on Gregorian chant (History of the Tone, a cycle Liturgical Year through Gregorian Chant). Besides medieval sacred music he also deals with other music genres. Together with his two brothers he is active in the Eben Brothers Band.

Further information about David Eben can be found at:

http://www.gregoriana.cz

About The Class

What is time? How is possible to grasp it in mind? In such a way Augustine asks himself at the end of the 4th century in his book Confessions. The Christian calendar brings its proposal of time’s arrangement, the so-called liturgical year. This yearly cycle was a kind of time-axis of the whole Christian society. It contributed that people didn’t perceive the flow of time as a grey flow of ordinary days. Liturgical year with its seasons is based on a good knowledge of human psyche; in a balanced way, it alternates periods of great mental activities or those of relaxations, and offers regularly the possibility of a new start. During the course we will get acquainted with the varied organism of the liturgical year through the agency of characteristic examples from medieval music repertory, both from the old layer of Gregorian chant, and from late medieval times including polyphony.

Level Of Skills Required

Beginners, pre-intermediate, intermediate

Maximum number of students

30

Active Participants – Greogorian Chant & Early Polyphony

    1. Petr Hájek
    2. Irena Kubicová
    3. Pavla Sovová
    4. Ema Blahová
    5. Lucie Novotná
    6. Vladimír Kočí
    7. Jarmila Rezkova
    8. Ivo Jančík
    9. Jiří Zavadil, Ing.arch.
    10. Alena Zavadilová Ing.arch.
    11. Alžběta Lafatová
    12. Věra Bobáková
    13. Ursula Karpf
    14. Jindřich Novák
    15. Soňa Stará
    16. Igor Linhart
    17. David Pop
    18. Martin Hlávka
    19. Lenka Bartlová