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Husa: Music for Prague 1968, Apotheosis of this Earth

This music was written at a time when social consciousness was focused more sharply than ever on the evils of tyranny and environmental abuse. Mr. Husa, who is an optimist, nevertheless wrote an ingenious, powerful, deeply disturbing, agonizingly intense portrayal of our beautiful earth, it's problems, and ultimately it's destruction. In light of recent world tensions, global warming and the potential catastrophic consequences, the compositions of Karel Husa on this album remain contemporary and deeply moving.


At my high school, we just started playing Music for Prague 1968 in my symphonic band. I get to play the timpani part, which is amazing. I am so excited that I get to play this piece. Also, my band director, when he was in high school, played this song under the direction of Husa. It's just such a cool song!

Two of the greatest pieces ever written

It's amazing what Husa was/is able to do with his music. To all of those who have a hard time listening or understanding this atonal music, close your eyes and imagine what Husa was describing with his notes. You'll be able to hear the sirens through the trombones. You'll be able to hear the fleeting people in the frantic woodwind passages. You'll be able to hear the church bells through the percussion. And most important of all, you'll be able to understand why these pieces were written. Husa's music is not immediately pleasing to the common ear, but once you have developed a taste for it there is absolutely nothing like it. Husa has paint colors with instruments (and many of his tricks are used in popular film scores today) like no one else can. Here's to one of the greatest composers of all time. Cheers.


Genre: Classical

Jorge Mester is among the more important American conductors of his generation. He rose to prominence as a champion of contemporary music, conducting and recording works by Cowell, Crumb, Mennin, Piston, Ginastera, Chávez, Penderecki, and many others. He made over 70 recordings of new music, mostly for the pioneering CRI label. In later years, he still devoted much time to contemporary works by composers like Glass, Michael Daugherty, and Joan Tower. Mester also conducted many standards in the orchestral...
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Husa: Music for Prague 1968, Apotheosis of This Earth, Jorge Mester
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 2001

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